Toyota's Rear-Wheel-Drive Coupe Unveiled as the Toyota 86 and GT 86

It’s finally here! After years of concept cars and most recently the plethora of spy photos and photo leaks, we have our first official look at the production version of the Toyota FT-86, now dubbed the 86 in Japan and the GT 86 in Europe. The coupe will be sold under the Scion brand in the U.S. as the Scion FR-S.

Toyota is officially unveiling the GT 86 at the Tokyo Motor Show, which will go on sale in the spring of 2012. It’s already known that Toyota and Subaru teamed up to create the rear-wheel-drive coupe, which will be sold by both automakers.

The GT 86 is powered by what Toyota claims is 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 mounted mid-ship, which makes it the world’s only horizontally opposed engine and rear-wheel-drive setup. The engine is a 2.0L four-cylinder that packs 197 horsepower and 151 lb-ft. of torque. The four-cylinder can be mated to either a standard six-speed manual, with a six-speed automatic being optional.

The GT 86 is 167 inches long, 70 inches wide, 51 inches tall and has room for four passengers.