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 |  Mar 08 2010, 10:52 AM

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With the European debut of the FT-86 Concept, Toyota is looking to keep the hype alive by releasing a new series of photos of the sporty two-door, while dropping a press release that talks more about what we hope the FT-86 will become.

Toyota says it has built the concept to embody the spirit of the Corolla AE-86, a tiny front-engine, rear drive sports coupe that is a legend among drifters, while also serving as a great platform for club racers and rally teams. The concept focuses on light weight to deliver what Toyota calls a “strong power to weight ratio,” while also focusing on handling. “It is an entirely driver-orientated car, engineered to capture the intrinsic joy of driving through precise, instantaneous responses to even the smallest throttle and steering inputs,” reads the latest press release.

Along with these hopeful proclamations, the new gallery of photos show the FT-86 Concept with a selection of Toyota’s past sports cars, including the AE-86, Celica and Supra. All we can hope is that the car is more like the former and less like the latter two.

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86

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 |  Feb 01 2010, 1:37 PM

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Easily the most talked about vehicle at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon was the G Sports FT-86 Concept. With the FT-86 already garnering its fair share of attention, the G-Sports model is a high-performance version of the concept, from a new performance division.

The G Sports or G’s division will essentially take parts from the looks-based Modelista line of products as well as from the TRD performance based line of products to create a full line of parts (and possibly even models). Toyota will also reportedly work with it’s Super GT race team, Gazoo Racing, to develop the cars. According to a report by Inside Line, customers will be able to choose different package “levels” depending on budget and how significant of a performance enhancement they are looking for.

The G-Sports FT-86 model shown in Tokyo featured plenty of light-weight carbon fiber body panels, new wheels and was rumored to even have a turbocharged and intercooled version of the Subaru-sourced boxer 4-cylinder expected in the production car.

Toyota has not said if the new G’s line of high-performance parts will be available outside Japan.

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 G Sports

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[Source: InsideLine]

 |  Oct 23 2009, 9:10 AM

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Earlier this week at the Tokyo Auto Show, Toyota drew back the covers on its new compact sports car concept, the FT-86. Using a Subaru engine, it has long been rumored that the rear drive car would also be sold as a Subaru, with with an all-wheel drive layout. Now word comes that Suabru’s high-performance STI division is planning a version of the car.

According to AutoExpress, the STI version would offer a larger naturally aspirated (rather than turbocharged) boxer engine. Currently the FT-86 (aka the Toyobaru) uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is rumored to make around 200-hp. The 2.5-liter motor would push the output closer to 250-hp.

An STI version would also get a set of big wheels, flared fenders, a firmer suspension, better brakes and some race-inspired interior treatments.

We don’t expect the production Toyota model to debut until the Geneva Auto Show in March, with the Subaru probably a year behind that.

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 Concept

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 |  Oct 22 2009, 4:30 PM

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Toyota has officially unveiled the FT-86, a concept car that is set to inspire an upcoming compact sports car. The name FT-86 brings together Toyota’s past and future, with the “FT” coming from the FT-HS hybrid concept from a few years back, while the “86″ is donated from the AE-86, a small rear-drive, two-door Corolla-based sports car (called the Hachi-Roku), made famous by drifters.

The design of the car in many ways mimics the bold look of the Lexus LFA supercar and yet on a smaller and more subtle scale. Power comes from a 2.0-liter Subaru-sourced boxer engine although the output is not yet known. The production model, like the concept will be rear-wheel drive and is expected to cost around $20,000, undercutting the Hyundai Genesis Coupe as a fun and affordable sports car.

Toyota has never really been in the sports car business but it is making bold statements, saying the FT-86 will have, “racecar-like handling.” We’ll hold our judgment until we get the production model out on a race track.

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 Concept

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 |  Oct 19 2009, 12:39 PM

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Some video of the Toyobaru spots car lapping the Nürburgring in Germany has found its way on to YouTube. Considering the heavy use of camo used to cover the car up, there’s reason to believe this is the Subaru version of the small sports car, rather than the Toyota model. Toyota has already released numerous images of its car, called the FT-86 in concept form.

Either way, the car looks like a hoot to drive and should offer plenty of fun to a lot of people as the MSRP is expected to be in the low $20,000 range.

We expect to hear more about this car when Toyota officially unveils the FT-86 Concept at the Tokyo Auto Show this Wednesday, October 21st.

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 Concept

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 |  Oct 07 2009, 9:36 AM

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Toyota’s new FT-86 Concept car hasn’t even received its official unveiling at the Tokyo Auto Show and yet its already made its video game debut. Toyota has released a short clip of the FT-86 in the upcoming Gran Turismo 5 game. There are plenty of great clips of the stunning new Toyota, and even a nice under-hood shot of the Subaru-sourced boxer engine.

As expected there’s also some nice running footage of the FT-86 drifting alongside its inspirational predecessor, the AE-86.

Toyota hasn’t made any official announcement yet, but you can be sure this car is headed for production in the very near future.

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 Concept

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 |  Oct 06 2009, 10:20 AM

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Until today, if someone asked you what the best looking Toyota from the past decade was, you’d have a tough time thinking something up. As of today, the answer is the FT-86 Concept, which is set to officially debut at the Tokyo Auto Show later this month.

The name FT-86 brings together Toyota’s past and future, with the “FT” coming from the FT-HS hybrid concept from a few years back, while the “86″ is donated from the AE-86, a small rear-drive, two-door Corolla-based sports car (called the Hachi-Roku), made famous by drifters.

Other than the design of the car (which is certainly impressive with plenty of Lexs LF-A inspired goodness), we don’t know a lot about the FT-86 concept yet.

What we do know is that it will be light weight, with “racecar-like handling” and be powered by a 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine. While Toyota hasn’t said as much, this is most likely donated from the boxer-engine experts at Subaru – meaning that the FT-86 is the mysterious Toyobaru.

Toyota hasn’t said as much, but you can be certain this concept car is headed for production in the very near future.

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 Concept

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