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Toyota FT-86 Photos Unveilied

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The 86 hits a top speed of 142 mph and can do a 0-to-62-mph run in six seconds. But raw speed is not the goal, says chief engineer Tetsuya Tada. The model’s true mission is multifold:

— Achieve a low price point that can lure recent college graduates.

— Strive for fun-to-drive handling with a low center of gravity.

— Strip out fancy electronic-control systems and turbochargers.

— Deliver a ride that can be easily customized and tuned by car buffs.

Toyota hasn’t disclosed a price or gas-mileage estimates. But the company has said it is targeting a sticker around 2 million yen ($26,000). Tada said the goal is to price the car in a range that would be affordable to recent college graduates.

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Toyota GRMN Hybrid Concept II packs 295 hp

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Zagato TZ3 Stradale pays tribute to Alfa Romeo with Dodge

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Styling house Zagato‘s tribute to the 100th anniversary of Alfa Romeo began with the release of its one-off TZ3 Corsa in 2009 and will end with the unveiling of its version of theTZ3 Stradale this year.

Less than a month after we learned that Zagato was working on its new TZ3 Stradale, the company has released the first photos and details of the car alongside its Corsa cousin.

While the TZ3 Corsa was more of a track car, the TZ3 Stradale is an avant-garde tribute to the Alfa Romeo and Zagato’s street-legal heritage. The car is considered by Zagato to be the first American Alfa Romeo, with its mono-shell carbon-fiber mechanical chassis based on that of the Dodge Viper ACR. Those underpinnings are paired with a 4.2-liter V8 engine matched to a six-speed sequential transmission.

Only nine examples of the TZ3 Stradale will be made–the first goes to American collector Eric King and the second and third are going to buyers in Japan and Europe. If you want one of the remaining six, the line starts behind us.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110428/CARNEWS/110429852#ixzz1KwUdbSrF

 

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