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 |  Sep 14 2011, 3:35 AM

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There might not be much new about Toyota‘s FT-86 II Concept, but with the hype continuing to build around the production model it’s worth another look. After first debuting at the Geneva Auto Show back in March, it has received a new paint job and (we spied) some Brembo brakes!

Get more Toyota FT-86 news and info at fr-sforum.com

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 II Concept

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 |  Sep 07 2011, 10:56 AM

As though there could be any more hype surrounding Toyota‘s upcoming sports car, a new version of the FT-86 II Concept is being teased ahead of its unveiling at the Frankfurt Auto Show next week.

Touted to be “faster, lighter and sportier” than in the past, it’s unclear why Toyota has then decided to refer to this latest version as II… and not III.

If the teaser gives us any indication then perhaps Toyota is looking at a more track-focused version of the car – in concept form anyway.

When it does officially debut in production form at the Tokyo Auto Show later this year, the FT-86 (sold in America as the Scion FR-S) will be powered by a direct-injection 4-cylinder boxer engine, putting torque to the rear wheels via either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission with a limited slip differential as standard. In Tokyo, Subaru is also expected to debut a version of the car, called the BRZ.

Watch the video teaser after the jump:

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 |  Aug 09 2011, 8:00 PM

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At a day dedicated to honoring the infamous Hachiroku in Japan, old generation AE86s stood by as Toyota‘s FT-86 II Concept finally made its Japanese debut at the Fuji 86 Style event. The Drift King, Keiichi Tsuchiya, was on hand to give his take on Toyota’s second FT-86 concept car as well as sharing his past experiences racing his AE86. But clearly the FT-86 II Concept was the star of the day, with Fuji Speedway Square Plaza completely filled with enthusiasts waiting to finally see the car in person many months after it first debuted at the Geneva Auto Show.

While Toyota has officially released few details, what they have said is that the car will be powered by a Subaru boxer engine, paired with a Toyota direct-injection system and either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. A limited slip differential will be standard. (For a more extensive list of what will be included in the production model, see here).

Set to debut at the Toyota Auto Show in December, it will be rebadged as the Scion FR-S for North America where it will bow at the New York Auto Show the following April.

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 II Concept In Japan

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[Source: Jon Sibal]

Discuss this story at FRSForum.com and see video of the FT-86 II Concept from Geneva after the jump:

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 |  May 15 2011, 7:40 AM

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By now at least some of these official details are foregone conclusions, but Toyota has decided to confirm some of the technical specs about the production car that will evolve from the FT-86 Concept. As expected, the details are identical to those provided for the Scion FR-S from its debut at the New York Auto Show.

That being said, when it does finally go into production (how much longer do we have to wait?) the FT-86 will be powered by a 2.0-liter Subaru-sourced boxer engine. Likely the same powerplant used in the new Impreza, it makes 148-hp in that car. Adding as much as 15 percent more power (that’s 170-hp by our calculation), is a Toyota D4-S direct-injection system. Both a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic will be offered, plus a limited slip differential will be standard.

While fuel economy isn’t something FT-86 buyers will be overly interested in, we should point out that with the new Impreza getting 27/36-mpg we should expect some impressive mpgs from the Toyota sports coupe, which should be lighter than the Impreza and also won’t be AWD.

Look for the Toyota FT-86 to officially debut at the Tokyo Auto Show this Fall.

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 II Concept

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GALLERY: Scion FR-S Concept

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[Source: Toyota]

See videos of both concepts after the jump and discuss this story at FR-SForum.com

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 |  Mar 01 2011, 5:07 AM

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The next iteration of Toyota‘s FT-86 Concept, the aptly named FT-86 II, has finally been revealed, showcasing a more aggressive design than the original. A far cry from the mundane stylings of modern Toyotas, it is evident that the Japanese automaker is looking to turn a corner, not just in design, but in the driving enjoyment its vehicles offer.

No new details have been provided about the powertrain, which is slated to be a Subaru boxer engine, delivering weight low down for optimum handling.

Toyota is expected to debut the first production iteration of the FT-86 at the New York Auto Show under the Scion brand.

GALLERY: Toyota FT-86 II Concept

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