Hinting at the future of Toyota performance vehicles, the FT-1 concept was one of the stars of the Detroit Auto Show this year. It even nabbed fourth place in our Editors' Choice list. While he's a few months behind the car's official reveal, Jay Leno managed to get the only existing concept of the sports coupe wheeled into his garage to take a closer look, and he's pretty impressed.

Leno speaks with Alex Shen and William Chergosky, the exterior and interior chief designers of the FT-1 respectively, to get a better idea of the inspirations behind the concept. Jay heaps high praise on it for mixing Italian and Japanese design and says he likes the look even more than the Lexus LFA. The coupe isn't a product of either country, though. It was penned at Toyota's CALTY Design Research center in Newport Beach, CA.

The designers go into the entire history of the FT-1, and Shen even admits that Toyota design lacks an emotional factor at the moment. It's a fascinating interview behind some of the little touches you might miss at first glance. Unfortunately, the model doesn't have the green light for production yet and may never get made. In any case, scroll down to watch Leno swoon over the coupe.


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      marc.mitchell
      • 8 Months Ago
      That Alex Shen guy from CALTY reminds me so much of the salesperson in this Kmart ad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I03UmJbK0lA
      graphikzking
      • 8 Months Ago
      The lines are what the RX8 SHOULD have been! This is a little extreme on the styling so it would definitely need a motor to back it up! I like the look but it it would have to have some serious balls to back it up. At least 340hp in base model and probably in the 450hp upper level. If the car is light enough (ie 2900 or less lbs) then I could see a V6 as the base engine around 305-320hp and then a turbo option for like 420hp (similar to the old Supra - base v6 and a turbo v6 option)
        miketim1
        • 8 Months Ago
        @graphikzking
        The line are what the RX8 should have been? GTFO.
      Jason
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is well worth building. It would be a great successor to the Supra.
      tbird57w
      • 8 Months Ago
      the final version better be a great deal better than this concept thing. toyota/lexus needs to steal some designers from some place else. toyota/lexus keeps this sports car thingy going to the point where i know i don't care.
      kipswork
      • 8 Months Ago
      That thing is a hideous abortion. And why is the bearded guy wearing two wristwatches!
      Miguel Gomez
      • 8 Months Ago
      Build it, and they will come.
      Lachmund
      • 8 Months Ago
      best toyota design in years. done by an american design studio....imho they should design the rest of the cars as well!
      amge5.5
      • 8 Months Ago
      Toyota build this! Keep the base under $60,000 and use your partnership with BMW to source a TTI6, though please go through it and "toyotafy" it with some reliability.
      TsarBomba
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm impressed. I can imagine this in black. In my driveway. Nice job Calty! Beautiful yet polarizing - instant classic. If it were produced at least... *crosses fingers*
      Jeff C
      • 6 Months Ago
      Build it. ASAP. But don't price it above $50k because that would be stupid. Don't be stupid or I'll just buy a Corvette or a used R8.
      DAKANG45
      • 8 Months Ago
      WWWWWWWWWWWoooooWWWWWWW!!!!! gorgeous
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