Toyota FT-86 Logo Revealed, Hints at Boxer Engine
The FT-86 coupe was created by the Japanese auto giant in collaboration with Subaru, and was rumored to have a 2.0-liter flat-four engine under the bonnet. This logo for the Toyota version of the car was uncovered by Car and Driver, and should put further speculations to an end.
The design sketch shows two horizontally opposed pistons; an engine design that has earned the ‘boxer’ title because of its visual similarity to two boxers tossing punches. Rather than a crank in the middle, the sketch shows a stylized number 86, a reference to the rear-drive AE86 Corolla model that served as an inspiration when naming the FT-86. This also indicates that that Toyota will use “86” in the production car’s name in some capacity.
Toyota and Subaru are collaborating on a shared four-cylinder sportscar model that will be sold in two versions, beginning near the end of 2011. The car is largely engineered by Subaru and will receive a rear-drive platform, consisting of a steel structure with aluminum body panels. A small, 2.0-liter engine made by Subaru will sit low behind the front-axle line. Toyota previewed its FT86 concept at last year’s Tokyo auto show. The showroom-ready automobile should be completely revealed at next year’s Tokyo Auto Show.