Sunday, February 13, 2011

Toyota FT-86 = Scion FT-S???? is reporting a rumor  that the Toyota FT-86 will be badged as a Scion with the name FT-S.  What does FT-S stand for?  Who knows.  It's no different than the xB, xD or tC - they don't really seem to have any meaning.

The report goes on to say that the Scion FT-S will make its debut at the 2011 New York Auto Show.  That show opens April 22nd, so it is not that long until we perhaps see a production version of the FT-86.  Rumor has it that there is an official production version currently in Southern California for the various tuners to use for modelling purposes.

The Autoblog story still suggests that both Toyota and Scion will get their own versions.  This is going to lead to some crowded showrooms.  Here in Canada, the Scion dealerships are a "store inside of a store", meaning that they are all located within an existing Toyota store.  I'm sure both Toyota and Scion will want the their respective models on display.

What will differentiate the Toyota and Scion models?  My guess is content.  I'm sure Scion will stick with their fairly high level of standard features (A/C, decent stereo, etc.), with only a few factory options.  Basically you'll pick your colour and transmission - anything else will be dealer installed.  The Toyota model, I expect, will offer many more options, and more higher-end options.  I'm thinking heated leather seats, BIG stereo, navigation system, automatic climate control, sunroof - picture a more luxurious car.

Also, another big drop in the story is that it will have a 2.5L motor, rather than a 2.0L previously speculated.  Certainly a step in the right direction!  Guess we'll just have to wait and see.  Just get it to market, I say!


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