There’s a lot going on with the Toyota FT-86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ STI concepts so bear with us as we try to break it down. These three compact sports cars have been an ongoing project between Toyota and Subaru. To be clear, The Toyota FT-86 and Scion FR-S are pretty much the same car. The FR-S will be sold under the Scion nameplate in the States to appeal to Scion’s younger demographic. The FT-86, meanwhile, will be sold in Japan and other Asian markets as a Toyota. Pictured below is the Scion FR-S concept.
All three vehicles have similar specs and are projected to be “Miata-killers.” They are lightweight at 2662 pounds, come with rear wheel drive and pair Subaru’s 6-speed, 200 HP boxer engine with Toyota’s direct injection system. This mash-up has prompted car blog Jalopnik to dub the Toyota concept the Toyobaru and the Subaru concept the Subieyota. You can see pictures of each below.
The only real differences between them are minor adjustments to the front and back ends to fit each brand’s look. The cars are slated to be released sometime in 2012 but if you’re in the market for a well-priced roadster, stick with the Mazda Miata. The Miata remains king of this segment and no matter how many times a so-called “Miata-killer” is sent out on the hunt, the Miata comes out on top.
Subaru BRZ STI Concept
Toyota FT-86 Concept
Photo credits: Jalopnik, autoblog