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Toyota Teases FT-86 II Prior To Geneva

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On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 6:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota Teases FT-86 II Prior To Geneva

Subaru won't be the only automaker showing off a sports coupe derived from its team-up with Toyota. Toyota teased its next FT-86 concept and said that it will unveil the second version of its rear-wheel-drive sports coupe at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March. Subaru will also show its own version of the sports coupe for the first time at the show.

The FT-86 II may still be a concept, but Toyota hinted that it will be close, if not identical, to the ultimate production version, stating that it will be "the clearest indication yet of the final design for Toyota's next sports car."

Toyota's teaser leaves much to the imagination, but gives a look at the headlights and front fascia of the new FT-86. The new model sports new headlights in place of the simpler, triangular lights on the first FT-86. It also appears to have a revised grille, modified bumper, and more angular hood, but it's a little difficult to tell for sure in the shadowy teaser picture.

The original FT-86 sported a 2.0-liter Boxer four powering the rear wheels by way of six-speed manual transmission. In its initial form, that car put out 160 horses.

Subaru's version—called the Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept—will be the more powerful, expensive of the two and rumor is that it may feature the turbocharged Boxer from the Impreza WRX STi. Subaru hasn't given any powertrain details outside of confirming that its version, like Toyota's, will be a rear-wheel-drive.

The original FT-86 launched at the Tokyo Auto Show in the fall of 2009. The production car is likely to debut this year or next, possibly at the Tokyo Motor Show where it was born. Rumors from various corners have pointed to the possibility that the FT-86 will give way to an entire family with a smaller, less expensive version and four-door model cited as possible options.


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