Toyota made quite an impression at the Tokyo Auto Salon show with its unveiling of the FT-86 G Sports Concept, based of course on the FT-86 Concept unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. An evolution of the Toyobaru, the car is the result of the collaboration of Toyota and Subaru. The lightweight rear-drive sports coupe 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. The car is fitted with new side sills and deeper body vents for cooling both front and rear brakes.
At the back, Toyota put in 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. The latest of these Scooby turbo flat-fours in the new limited Impreza R205 in Japan produces a strong armed 320ps.
The FT-86 is a six-speed manual however, it is bigger with a length up 30mm to 4160mm while width is 1780mm, an increase of 20mm over the '09 car. The vehicle sits lower 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.
It 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 enables 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 had been tested in a fully race-prepped Lexus IS F at the Nurburgring last October. It may interest you to know that the original FT-86 concept car's dashboard had an outline of Fuji Speedway, a lap timer and an altimeter, giving us an idea of what Toyota plans for the technology.