2011 Geneva Motor Show Preview: Toyota FT-86 II Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 26, 2011

Toyota announced today that it will bring the second version of the FT-86 sports concept, in March at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. Dubbed Toyota FT-86 II Concept, the new car will give the clearest indication yet of the final design for Toyota's next sports car. As you may know already, Toyota has a tradition of over 50 years in creating exciting sports cars, and this new concept embodies the company's reborn passion for sports car driving.

Regarding the first version of the concept, the FT-86, this car was inspired by old sports cars, including the Celica, MR2, Supra and Corolla AE86 models. The FT-86 was powered by a 2.0-liter petrol unit with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Although we didn’t have any details regarding the total output of the engine, Toyota says that the small powerplant is capable to deliver accessible performance and enhanced driving pleasure.

The FT-86 has a total length of 4,160mm and uses an ultra-lightweight components. Instead of considering the 2+2 interior design as a stylized addition to the cabin framework, Toyota applied a thin, tight-fitting skin to the essential cockpit components.

The 2011 Geneva motor show has witnessed the global debut of the new Toyota FT-86 II Concept, which should provide the latest glimpse of the final design of the carmaker’s next sports car.

Measuring 4,235 mm in length, 1,795 mm in width and 1,270 mm in height as well as 2,570 mm in wheelbase length, this new driver-oriented concept features a long, low bonnet, rear-set cabin and high wings, thereby paying tribute to Toyota's sports car history.

Toyota FT-86 II Concept was conceived at the carmaker’s European design studio ED2. Upon closer look, the styling of the Toyota FT-86 II Concept was dubbed 'functional beauty,' as its constraints of function and aerodynamics are largely to be thanked for its bold, sweeping form.

In fact, the concept’s low bodyshell has been stretched tight over the engineering hard points while the bodywork has been made as compact as possible. Remarkably, the FT-86 Concept II is powered by a free-revving boxer petrol engine mated to a compact and lightweight six-speed manual gearbox.

It also benefits from a low center of gravity to guarantee the best possible power-to-weight ratio. Moreover, the concept’s powertrain and driving position were set as low and as far back as possible in order to achieve an optimal balance, thereby ensuring that the vehicle has high-speed stability and agility.

Its front-engine/rear-wheel drive configuration allows the Toyota FT-86 II Concept to offer an emotional yet accessible and enjoyable performance.

The Toyota FT-86 II Concept represents the latest phase in the joint development of a new, compact rear-wheel drive sports car by Toyota and Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru). The carmakers plan to launch the production version in Europe in 2012.

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