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Is This The FT-86 We’ll See?

Posted in auto industry, Featured, Geneva Motor Show, News, Toyota by Kurt Ernst | March 1st, 2011 | 13 Responses |
FT-86 II Concept

The FT-86 II Concept. Image: Toyota Europe

Toyota chose to roll out their latest FT-86 concept at this week’s Geneva Motor Show. Called simply the “FT-86 II”, the latest iteration of the much awaited FT-86 is probably close to what we’ll see in production form, at least in terms of overall styling. Base models probably won’t have HID headlamps, and I’d be willing to bet the LED driving lights don’t make it to production on entry level cars, either. The body kit shown will likely be optional (which is a good thing, since I think it’s hideous), and I’ll bet base models will come sans rear spoiler. Remember, Toyota’s original goal for the car was to produce an affordable sports car with decent power and superb balance; in today’s tough economic climate, affordable performance has to equal few amenities.

FT-86 II Concept

Image: Toyota Europe

Toyota was careful to not leak any details on power, performance or availability. We already know that the FT-86 will use a front-mounted Subaru boxer engine and will feature rear wheel drive, and Toyota tells us the car will be just under 167 inches long, 50 inches tall and nearly 71 inches wide. The wheelbase will be 101 inches, which is long enough to provide stable, predictable handling. Both EU and American versions are expected to be launched sometime next year, but Toyota isn’t close enough to production to give specifics just yet.

FT-86 II Concept

Image: Toyota Europe

I have to say that I’m not thrilled with the styling of the FT-86 II concept, which looks too much like a Scion tC with a body kit for my own tastes. Let’s hope that I’m right, and that base models come with cleaner lines, because the drag-inducing angles and lines of the cars front end just don’t do it for me. What’s your take on the car’s style?

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