Believe it or not, we've now seen the Toyota FT-86 in some form or another on five different occasions now – and it's still a concept. The original car was unveiled at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, we saw the FT-86 II this year at the Geneva Motor Show, along with the chassis and powertrain of its Subaru counterpart, we then saw the Scion interpretation at the New York Auto Show, and finally, a slightly revised version of the car is on display here in Frankfurt.

Can we please just drive the thing already? By the time it gets to market, it's going to arrive with a mid-cycle refresh!

Toyota says that the car on display here at the Frankfurt Messe is "lighter, faster and sportier" than the concept cars that came before it, but aside from the new orange paint job, the only noticeable difference we can see are a pair of red Brembo brake calipers behind those alloy wheels. Nifty.

Still, we never turn down a chance to eyeball the FT-86, and we encourage you to do the same in our attached high-res image gallery.


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      oxygn
      • 3 Years Ago
      it gets worse each time
        cashsixeight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @oxygn
        Agreed. How long has this been a concept? Longer than the camaro? The camaro already looks dated to me.
          DrEvil
          • 3 Years Ago
          @cashsixeight
          Camaro was supposed to look dated, it was a copy of a 1969 model. Yes, this has been a concept longer than the Camaro. BTW; the Camaro's replacement is already being planned.
          EvilTollMan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @cashsixeight
          But GM had the same looking concept from day 1 until it was finally released. They had all that time to perfect it and it still came out as an overweight pig. The car looked EXACTLY the same from 2006 to the production model. It's safe to say that at least Toyota has made cosmetic and chassis changes to this concept overtime, and hopefully they are working on making it lighter and more efficient...which is what the Toyota rep told AB.
          EvilTollMan
          • 3 Years Ago
          @cashsixeight
          I was just stating; at least this concept has evolved. I understand the curent camaro is retro. Also, remember that the current camaro has been in production now for sometime. It's obvious that they would already be planning a replacement.
        recharged95
        • 3 Years Ago
        @oxygn
        Knowing they want brand relationship (with Lexus)--It's trying to be too much LF-A. Scream LF-A wannbe for 20k. no thanks.
      Carl Nylon
      • 3 Years Ago
      That strip of LEDs on the front bumper looks like a misplaced dog collar.
      th0mb0ne
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still prefer the original concept out of all of them. In terms of styling, that one didn't seem that far off from a real-world design, and yet they keep messing with it.
      Spen Oner
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll just leave this right here.... http://img13.imageshack.us/img13/8640/ft86hate.jpg
        Tolitz Rosel
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spen Oner
        Haha, it's ironic that in that image, the Scion concept iteration is "less ricey" and "less overdone" than the Toyota version, when everyone is crying bloody murder when they announced it as a Scion... oh, wonders never cease... And for those who are expecting the Subie version to be significantly different than the concept shown in Frankfurt, don't hold your breath... the insides may be better, but it's the same sheet metal ... plus a tall, ricier Subaru spoiler :P
          Tolitz Rosel
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tolitz Rosel
          Oh, and the image is uninformed as well... the black Toyota concept came BEFORE the red Scion concept, so he can't be excited over something that came later and then become disappointed over something that came before ;) But then again, it's a hate poster, so it's not supposed to make sense :P
        Ace Convoy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spen Oner
        This just means that you'll like the Scion FR-S over the Toyota FT-86. look obviously they're not gonna sell it like that standard I'm pretty sure the FR-S is the Standard format of the vehicle and we'll get a sportier variant much like the FT-86 II.
      Swift
      • 3 Years Ago
      The first concept was the best IMO. I loved it. Then the G edition had the unique hood. The second concept started slipping, and the FR-S was still good. But this is beyond help now. I wanted simple elegant styling, not Hot Import Nights. http://www.autoblog.com/photos/toyota-ft-86-sports-concept-family-portrait/#photo-2772780
        goetzcr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Swift
        I haven't been keeping up with this for a while. Swift's link is the one I remember liking so much. This newest version is not so good. If it's taken a year and a half to turn that to this, I'm not sure I want to see the final outcome. They're not developing this car, their digesting it.
      gergelish
      • 3 Years Ago
      FR-S + 6MT + RWD + 4cyl + Lightweight = I give you $25k + $5k for 300hp turbo kit. Done.
      Guy Inkägnētō
      • 3 Years Ago
      The original concept is by far the best looking of the dozen or so FT-86 concepts. What the hell is up with that goofy glasshouse? It needs to drop an inch or two (like on the original FT-86 concept).
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Vien Huynh
      • 3 Years Ago
      now i finally understand why u guys hate toyota that much. Anything that good, they destroy it in such a way that cant be forgiven...
      Dump
      • 3 Years Ago
      Really. Just officially name it, "Celica" and put it on the market. Does Toyota lack much confidence in this vehicle that it's taking them forever the release a production-ready version?
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the Datsun Z side profile, and the back looks interesting (if a little overdone) but I'm not sure about the riceboy downward swooping led's on the front..
      flammablewater
      • 3 Years Ago
      2.5 more months before we see the real deal. And apparently (according to the Toyota design chief in charge of the project) this doesn't even really look like the final product. Why even bother?
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