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Toyota FT-86 Sports Concept – click above for high-res image gallery

Toyota Motor Co. president Akio Toyoda has stressed that his family's company must work to create more emotionally engaging products as part of its bid to reinvent its now-battered image. Central to that effort will be the production version of its well-received FT-86 Sports Concept, the two-door rear-driver that made its European debut at this week's Geneva Motor Show, where it drew quite a crowd.

Toyota now appears to be pushing its brand's enthusiast heritage, something it hasn't truly done with fresh products in some time – at least not outside of its Lexus brand. In any case, the Japanese automaker has just released a series of new photos, including a family portrait of sorts that places the FT-86 in the context of the Corolla AE86 (its most obvious spiritual predecessor) as well as the Celica and Supra. Although the press release available after the jump pays lip service to the MR2, none is pictured.

While there is no substantive new information about a production timetable for the comely coupe, Toyota has released a series of images of the FT-86 that are certainly worth perusing. You can check them out below while you're waiting for more info about the car's future.

[Source: Toyota]
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FT-86 Sports Concept captures the spirit of celebrated Corolla AE-86


* FT-86 Sports Concept, Toyota's vision for a future sports car
* European debut at Geneva motor show
* Designed and engineered to capture the spirit of the renowned Corolla AE86 of the 1980s
* Front-engine, rear-wheel drive format
* Lightweight, compact and aerodynamically efficient body

Celica, MR2, Supra, Corolla AE86: Toyota's great driver-focused sports cars of the past have inspired its vision for a future-generation concept model that makes its European debut at the Geneva motor show.

In creating the FT-86 (Future Toyota-86) Sports Concept, Toyota has directly referenced the excitement and fundamental fun-to-drive quality that characterised the Corolla AE-86. In its day the AE86 became a must-have model for rallying and circuit racing, with its front-engine, rear-wheel drive powertrain, compact dimensions, light weight, impeccable balance and strong power to weight ratio. Even more than 20 years on from the end of production, it remains a popular choice with privateer rally teams.

The FT-86 Sports Concept previews a new-generation Toyota sports car, designed to recapture the spirit of the AE86, sharing its front-engine, rear-wheel drive credentials.

Driver-oriented concept

The FT-86 is designed to deliver simple, dynamic power with environmental responsibility. It is an entirely driver-orientated car, engineered to capture the intrinsic joy of driving through precise, instantaneous responses to even the smallest throttle and steering inputs.

Rather than use a heavy, large displacement engine for performance, it is equipped with a free-revving 2.0-litre petrol unit with a six-speed manual gearbox with compact dimensions, light weight and a low centre gravity. Deployed in a front-engine, rear-wheel drive format, this powertrain delivers lively, accessible performance with engaging dynamic abilities and maximum driving pleasure.

Functional Beauty

Toyota's ED2 European design and development centre dubs the styling of the FT-86 "Functional Beauty", the classic sports car form having been generated entirely within the constraints of aerodynamics and function.

The low, highly aerodynamic bodyshell is stretched tight over the engineering hard points, and, measuring 4,160mm long overall, the bodywork has been rendered as compact as possible.

The cockpit is purely functional and ergonomically efficient, with widespread use of sporting, ultra-lightweight components and finishes that support the car's balanced weight distribution and power to weight ratio.

Rather than treating the 2+2 interior design as a stylised addition to the cabin framework, a thin, tight-fitting skin has been applied to the essential cockpit components, as can be seen in the treatment of the dashboard and seat upholstery

The FT-86 measures 4,160mm long, 1,760mm wide and 1,260mm tall, with a 2,570mm wheelbase. It rides on 19-inch wheels shod with 225/40R19 tyres.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Just build the car already!
      By the time I graduate, I want to get one :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like Ghosts of Christmas Past to me. Every great product that Toyota every made, every great sports car Toyota ever made has come to visit you from beyond the grave!

      Bring back my Supra already damn it! And the FT-86!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still don't really like the front end of it. Hopefully either Toyota or a aftermarket manufacture will make a front end close to the FT-86 G. That car's cleaner front end made all the difference for this car.

      • 5 Years Ago
      When I heard affordable, I was thinking around 20k. I can't shake this sinking feeling that Toyota's idea of affordable will start at 25k. Guess I'll have to start searching deeper for change in those couch cushions.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The most important part of this car has yet to be release'd and thats the weight. Once I know that it will be alot easier to judge whether or not it will be a hit. I think Toyota is finally learning and going back to what got it to the top and that was the late 80's early 90's cars. They where the best in all regards. The best of luck to them!
        • 5 Years Ago
        agreed, if its over 3000 lbs then there is no point

        it starts to get really interesting around 2800 lbs
      • 5 Years Ago
      A great car...for the baby boomers that are Toyota's bread and butter customers! The rest of us younger buyers have already moved on to other makes, unfortunately.
      • 5 Years Ago
      After seeing the Alfa 2uetto concept interior, all other interiors on new cars seem, well, you know....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dream on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ffs stfu already
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think ED2 knows how to design a good looking car, unlike Calty, whose their designs look boring. Let's wait and see the 2"-raised bonnet( to meet the EU regulation).
      • 5 Years Ago
      What about the Paseo?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Less hp and mileage than the new V6 mustang.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And yet, you can pretty well guarantee that the handling will be a whole order of magnitude better.
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