New Toyota FT-86 concept gets sharper styling and PS3 tech
18 January 2010

Toyota stole the Tokyo Auto Salon today when it unveiled this stunning, new shape FT-86 G Sports Concept.

The car is an evolution of the 'Toyobaru, the lightweight rear-drive sports coupe that Toyota and Subaru are working on together.

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This latest interpretation has a sharper front end and more aggressive side body treatment, new wheels and matt black bonnet.

The lower front air intake is both larger and more dramatic, with central vent and air blades either side. There are new side sills and deeper body vents for cooling both front and rear brakes.

At the back, Toyota's bolted on a far more businesslike boot spoiler that's straight out of Japan's D1 Drift series and the meatier diffuser treatment and twin exhausts.

Under that vented bonnet, the FT-86's Subaru-derived 2.0-litre Boxer four now gains a turbo but there's no word on power. The latest of these Scooby turbo flat-fours in the new limited Impreza R205 in Japan punts out a strong armed 320ps, so that perhaps is a guide.

As it stands, the FT-86 is still six-speed manual but the car is now a touch bigger: length up 30mm to 4160mm while width is now 1780mm, 20mm up on the '09 car.

The car sits 30mm lower down however at 1230mm and at road level, rolls on slick Bridgestone Potenza RE050s: 245/45 R19 at the front with 275/35 R19s at the back.

The new concept car also has a GPS-track day unit co-developed with the creators of the Gran Turismo computer game franchise and automotive technology giant Denso.

The GPS unit allows users to drive the real FT-86 around a real track and then remove the memory card from the car, plug it into a PS3 and either watch the lap virtually or race against yourself, as the real car appears as the car that you battle against.

The GPS unit was tested in a fully race-prepped Lexus IS F at the Nurburgring last October.

Intriguingly, the original FT-86 concept car's dashboard had an outline of Fuji Speedway, a lap timer and an altimeter, hinting at Toyota's plans for the technology.

Reports suggest Toyota will offer this technology on most future models, starting with the launch of the production FT-86.

The FT-86, which may get the Celica name in Europe, is still set for a 2011 launch in Japan.

Peter Nunn

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15 January 2010

I think this looks much sharper than the first concept FT-86, looks like there's an intercooler in the front bumper too.......

15 January 2010

Well hello Toyota, Where have you been for the past 10 years?

Finally a car for all those Supra fans out there.

Build it and they will come.

15 January 2010

Has the potential to be a new cult car.

With all the hybrid cars toyota are making they have created themselves abit of carbon space in which to make some truly sporty cars.

15 January 2010

Recon they got that idea from Top Gear? The episode where Clarkson drove the NSX round Laguna Seca in real life and on Gran Turismo.

15 January 2010

Certainly looks like a Toyota now because before it looked like a Nissan 370Z!, but alas it's typical Japanese fair, all wild flairs and crease's with a bit of e-bay accessories added,always like there's to much to take in!

Peter Cavellini.

15 January 2010

I agree - very Japanese - but that is a good thing in my book, I especially like the rear 3/4 view.

15 January 2010

an overall sharp design, well done Toyota, rear spoiler bit too tacky though

15 January 2010

the good old days are back for the japan automotive... with honda making a new civic due in 2012 and the new crx aka crz now toyota with the new celica and mr2 and mazda with a new mx5 and rx7....... the good old days will be back

15 January 2010

Looks like a 19 year old MaxPower reader has stuck a spoiler on the back.

15 January 2010

I prefer the red FT-86 concept they showed before.

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