Toyota AE86 RWD Corolla Coupe?

Toyota AE86 – RWD Corolla Coupe?
Toyota AE86 – RWD Corolla Coupe? / Best Car


Autoblog.com reported last monday (July 30th) that Toyota is in the process of forming a special committee dedicated to creating interesting cars, mainly because Toyota has no sports cars left in their current line-up. Lexus is of course working on some good stuff, i.e. the IS-F and LF-A, but since the MR2 and Supra, Toyota has only been supplying the non-performance section of the market. So the time has come for the resurrection of the AE86, a Corolla coupe from the 80's. Japanese car magazine Best Car (Japanese language site) has pried loose some initial specs of the AE86:
  • under 4m long,
  • approximately 1,7 m wide,
  • measuring 1,35m from the ground up,
  • target weight lies under 1000kg,
  • will most likely be powered by a 1,5 liter 2NZ-FE engine.
Toyota's new partner, Fuji Heavy Industries (or Subaru to most people) will be supplying the RWD drivetrain. Like the Scion xD, which is branded as the Toyota ist in Japan, there is a good possiblity that the AE86 might make it to the USA as a new Scion tC, or as an entirely new Scion budget performance car. Toyota is aiming for a 1.5mil Yen (or $12,300 / under 10,000Euro) price tag.
Published Aug 2nd, 2007 2:36pm By Frank
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witchatookie witchatookie
this car is gonna be awsome, but they need to up the hp's. I think they should keep the original bore of 87mm and elongate the stroke to 87mm and that would be about a 1.7L in the square style that all the honda k series are doing. I also hope that come prodution time the car will look better. they better keep it a i-4!!!
Aug 29th, 2007 11:43pm
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Vovania13 Vovania13
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Aug 21st, 2007 7:12pm
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firedog25 firedog25
The whole idea behind a small performance car is the whole idea behind Lotus. It works well without having to stuff a large engine in the bay. Personally I like the idea of a small rwd coupe with a smallish engine. Toyota is on the verge of falling into the pit of boring cars, much like Nissan did in the late 90's. Hopefully they make a turnaround and make exciting to drive and look at cars again like Nissan did.
Aug 16th, 2007 12:14am
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_M7_ _M7_
really good car but I prefere it whit more engine like 2 Lt or 200 bhp RWD whit limited slip diferential or even the gearbox in the back, that could be intresting
Aug 13th, 2007 6:56am
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e36mmm e36mmm
will this model come to australia? What are the chances of it coming to australia?
Aug 7th, 2007 2:08am
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f2 f2
I think it's about time toyota get back into preformance. The idea of a front engine/rear drive modern sport compact is an exciting one, maybe if we are lucky it will get honda to attempt to one up it in the form of a new crx... Regardless, i think Toyota should expland this idea and get it into production ASAP, they can make some serious cash if they bank on thier racing heritage too.
Aug 6th, 2007 6:28am
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turbo2 turbo2
They need to add either a supercharged or turbochared model as well. No question about it. Like you said volrum Toyota does not have anything intersting or exciting in there line up anymore. They did away with the Celica which they didnt even make an "All Trac" version like in the past. If they did this or something similar to this they would have selled more models and the legacy if the Celica wouldn't have died. They need to make more exciting and more powerfull cars. I am hoping that with them now having interst in Subaru that they will make more exciting and and exciting cars.
Aug 5th, 2007 10:00pm
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taro taro
Bestcar, japanese car magazine also reported Toyota is thinking use impreza's platform for this project. AWD chasis but they they can use as rear drive chasis. I hope they aslo keep amazing h-4 engine instead of using lame Toyota's I-4
Aug 3rd, 2007 12:47pm
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