• Feb 10, 2010
Toyota FT-86 concept - click above for high-res image gallery

This is... odd. But here's the very long story short. Japan's Holiday Autos is reporting that Toyota has decided to scrap the design of the so far pretty much beloved FT-86. Don't worry, the FT-86 and its rear-wheel drive, simple, cheap, sporty self isn't in danger. Toyota had three competing designs to work worth and have picked one that they liked better than the car we saw in Tokyo. That is their right and privilege.

This new design is reportedly the work of a Northern American design team also known as Calty Design Research, beating out Toyota's other European and Japanese proposals. The European team is responsible for the FT-86 concept we've seen so far. Trouble is, we have no idea what this new car looks like and we like how the concept looked. FT86club.com has a rendering of what the new car may look like posted here. But again, who knows? Especially as Holiday Autos doesn't strike us as the most trustworthy of sources. We'll try to do some digging and keep you posted. Tip of the floppy fedora to Cameron!



[Source: Holiday Autos via FT-86club.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      http://www.toyota.com/about/careers/calty/
      There is a picture here of a design that looks a lot like that rendering.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's the FT-HS concept that came out in 2007. I don't think they're going to use that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The white car pictured there is the FT-HS concept car. Arguably, the progenitor of the already existing FT-86 design.

        I guess we'll see how the Calty FT-86 design looks...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope they did scrap it. This car never did it for me. It reminds me a Ford Probe from the early 90's. It's too early to do retro-90's yet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That was the point, but cool thanks!
        • 4 Years Ago
        That Photochop is hideous.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's disappointing because I really liked the design of this car overall. I was really hoping they would get this car into production.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I understand, the current design was too exciting.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is depressing, because you know Calty's version will be more awkward and bland, sigh.

        Looks like Toyota hasn't changed as much as I thought it would.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If this is true, it's a pity. The FT86 Concept car is strikingly low and pretty.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. The potential proposed rendering looks like an FT-Eighty-Celica. And though its not unattractive, it cannot be described as pretty.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh d.d.d.d.d.dear....

      Another Toyota that got away from us... BAM
      • 4 Years Ago
      I sincerely hope such outrage just stays as a rumor. The concept looks quite production ready.. and STUNNING.

      The design cues from the 'rendering' looks.. very basic and underwhelming. Not impressive at all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      FT-86..

      Fujiwara Takumi - Eight six..

      Am i the only person that sees this, fitting, being toyotas return to rwd..if it happens that is..
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, you're not the only one who realized that the FT-86 and the AE86 share the same numerals. I think that was pretty much a given to everyone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        FT stand for Future Toyota, but maybe they secretly planned it to be an Initial D reference. Doubt it though, since the FT-HS concept came out first.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @neutralgear , i was more referring to the FT part, which is almost a direct homage to Fujiwara Takumi ( who drove an AE86 in the initial D anime series, which is essentially what brought drifting to the USA and re-ignited the import crowd's interest in rwd cars )

        I just thought that was cool if it's true, that they would pay homage to Initial D like that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have faith in CALTY. They have always done a good job with body lines and are never the ones responsible for the fugly that's been going around the Toyota models lately.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know if it is a good idea to put faith in CALTY. Just look at the FTX they did which became the Tundra, then the FTS-X which became the Vensa, and now the F3R which they claim to be the new Sienna Minivan? It looks like they have a lot of problems getting their design together and now they are trying to push their own FTHS concept over the successful FT-86 that everybody liked right away.

        It looks like Toyota missed another chance to get it right. Too bad.
      • 4 Years Ago
      as an 86 ...it should be a very good sport car and a lot of engeeniering aplyed to it as the old one
      Instead toyota have fail once more and its not match for Nissan cars or engines, in fact the last super engine from toyota was the 2ZZ but its nothig compare to the old SR20 from Nissan or even less beside the VR38DETT
        • 4 Years Ago
        What does the 2ZZ-GE, SR20, and VR38DETT have to do with the FT-86? FWIW, the 2ZZ-GE was a great motor in its own rights. Definitely not a perfect engine by any means, but neither is the SR20 or VR38DETT. And if you want to go into comparing Toyota engines to Nissan engines, why don't you get on Wiki and become familiar with the 1LR-GUE and the 2UR-GSE. How about the 2JZ-GTE and 3S-GTE?

        That should keep you busy reading, fawking retard.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They scrapped this design?! Oh wait, I'm supposed to give a damn about Toyota?
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