It was bound to happen, sooner or later. Last week, a handful of leaked brochure images gave fans their first look at the upcoming Toyota FT-86 rear-wheel-drive sports car. Little else had made its way online, until now.
An enthusiast website dedicated to the FT-86 has reportedly come across a number of scanned pages for the coupe's training manual, revealing just about all there is to know, from power figures to trim levels.
If the details are accurate, buyers can look forward to the car's boxer engine producing 147kW at 7000rpm, and 205Nm of torque at 6600rpm. There are two variants for the car, but the power figures are the same across the range.
Those are handsome figures for a non-turbo 2.0 litre engine in a production car, compared to the Mazda MX-5's 2.0 litre, which produces 118kW and 188Nm of torque.
Engine aside, the MX-5 is the most obvious rival in the Australian market.
Both are driven by 2.0 litre non-turbo engines, both are rear-wheel-drive, and both weigh about the same: the MX-5 weighs just under 1200kg, and according to these latest details, the FT-86 weighs 1210kg in its lowest trim grade.
The MX-5 will hit 100km/h in 7.6 seconds in soft-top form, so what can we expect from the FT-86? Low sixes ought to be in reach.
The report continues: fuel consumption is listed at 13 km/l for the base model, and 12.4 km/l for the top-spec - that's around 7.7 l/100km and 8.0 l/100km in local terms.
Transmissions include a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic.
In top-spec trim, there are ventilated disc brakes front and rear, while the base model makes do with ventilated discs at the front and solid discs at the rear.
There's an LSD for both the manual and auto versions in top-spec, while only the manual version of the lower spec gets the LSD.
In the Japanese market at least, the top-spec gets 215/45R17 tyres as standard, and the lower spec sits on 205/55R16. Toyota Australia could opt to offer the top-shelf model on larger wheels.
Exactly what specifications the Australian version of the FT-86 will offer remains unclear, and with a "sometime in 2012" launch planned, it could be a while before we know for sure.
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