TMC to Exhibit '86' Sports Car at Tokyo Motor Show
Toyota City, Japan, November 27, 2011-Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will display a production prototype of the "86" compact rear-wheel-drive sports car, scheduled for launch in the spring of 2012, at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011. The show, to be held at Tokyo Big Sight in Koto Ward, Tokyo, will be open to the public from November 30 through December 11*1
With the shared desire to provide the dream and joy of cars, TMC and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (owners of the Subaru-brand) worked together to develop the 86 as a unique rear-wheel-drive vehicle, with intuitive handling, that embodies the essence of driving enjoyment.
The 86 features the world's first horizontally opposed D-4S engine, created by combining Subaru's engine technology with Toyota's cutting-edge D-4S direct injection technology. The engine is installed front mid-ship to establish the world's only horizontally opposed engine and rear-wheel-drive package. As a result, the 86 offers fun driving at a level unprecedented in earlier sports cars.
The 86, with numerous customizable parts and fresh, new potential of sports-car enjoyment suited to the times, carries on the spirit of the AE86*2 in it's aim to be a car that evolves with its owner.
*1 Press days, November 30 - December 1; special guest day, December 2; public days, December 3-11
*2 The AE86 model Corolla Levin/Sprinter Trueno (1983-1987), commonly referred to as the 86. Many users and shops enjoyed tuning and customizing this model, which is now heralded as a legendary sports car.