We'll take this one with a grain of salt, but let's take it autoofcars2011.blogspottheless. The folks over at Road & Track are claiming that Toyota is working on a new rear-wheel drive sports coupe that will be less pricey but smaller in size and with a much less powerful engine compared to the production version of the forthcoming FT-86 RWD coupe.
Question 1: Why? According to the report, the mounting development costs of the FT-86 are pushing the sports car's market price over instead of under $20,000 that Toyota originally aimed at, so the Japanese automaker decided to create a second small RWD coupe priced about $5,000 less.
Question 2: The magazine's source? Unknown, with the author of the article stating the vaguer-than-vague "we hear Toyota is also working on milder sports car" - whatever that means...
The article goes on to say that the small coupe will measure about 150-in. or 3,810 mm in length (FT-86 study: 163.7-in. or 4,160mm) and it will feature a front-engine/rear drive layout with power coming from the company's 3SZ-VE engine, a 1.5-liter four-pot that delivers 109HP.
It is also claimed that this model will make its debut sometime in 2012, which sounds a bit too optimistic, but hey, it's just a rumor...
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