Leaked: Toyota FT-86 shows up in Modellista catalogue

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 27, 2011

Once again, the debut of a new car has been ruined thanks to some leaked photos. This time we are talking about the Toyota FT-86 as the first photos with the car emerged today and made quite a buzz. Thanks to a catalog from Modellista, Toyota’s in-house tuning arm, the car has been unveiled. We have to admit that the front end has something from the concept version but the rear is completely different and this is a good thing.

Although we have no details, we do know that the FT-86 will be powered by a flat four unit featuring a Toyota direct fuel-injection system delivering around 200 hp.

There are no details regarding the performances of the vehicle but we expect to see a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in around 6 seconds.

Regarding the interior, this appears to be quite simple, as the car needs to be less expensive than the competition, so don’t expect to see. The official debut of the car will be made next month at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, but we expect Toyota to unveil it a little bit earlier!

Dimension-wise, the new Toyota FT-86 Concept measures 4,160 mm in length, 1,760 mm in width, and 1,260 mm in height. It also has a wheelbase that measures 2,570 mm. The lightweight four-seater concept features a low center of gravity and handling similar to a racing car. It also features a six-speed manual gearbox and ADVICS brakes. Featuring a refined body with "functional utility," the Toyota FT-86 Concept is created by Toyota Europe Design Development (ED2). The body of the Toyota FT-86 is laden with lines that factor in its low center of gravity and aerodynamics.

Inside, its instrument panel features a gray and white base, digital displays, gauges with red neon lights as well as a navigation system. Moreover, the cabin features a zipper that suggests an image of its interior lapping with minimal covering of a refined body. As it is, the cabin of the new Toyota FT-86 allows the driver to play the primary role as the core of the driving experience.

Contrary to what some believe, the Toyota FT-86 Concept is neither an electric vehicle nor a hybrid vehicle. It is a sports model powered by a gasoline engine specially developed to appropriately exude the essential appeal of vehicles in a new era. Most of all, the new Toyota FT-86 concept is an embodiment of TMC’s desire to again develop a sports car.

The new Toyota FT-86 Concept is basically a result of TMC’s quest to create a vehicle that is environment-friendly – with particular focus on hybrid technologies -- while still delivering an appealing performance that allows drivers to experience the joy of driving. For the past few years, there has been an increasing demand for vehicles that consider different environmental issues like global warming.

Moreover, there has been a growing concern that only a few of the new sports cars could make people feel the real joy and thrill of driving. Thus, there is an increasing demand for this kind of sports car. This is essentially why TMC commenced the development of a new generation of sports cars, initially resulting to the Toyota FT-86 Concept. The new Toyota FT-86 Concept is powered by a 2,000cc, horizontally opposed, four-cylinder, naturally-aspirated gasoline engine that will certainly allow people to experience the pleasure of owning this vehicle and driving it.

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