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Toyota FT-86 Take II

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On: Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 3:58PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota FT-86 Take II

Well, we only have a year or so left before the Toyota sports car developed in conjunction with Subaru goes into production (slow ride, yes?). And earlier this month in Geneva, Toyota provided what it calls the "clearest indication yet as to the final design of Toyota's next sports car," a car that receives some marked modifications over the Tokyo '09 original. 

After a long, exhaustive rundown of Toyota sports car history, the automaker had surprisingly little hard information to offer about its newest sports car. Here's a piece of what we're working with in the official press release: "With the proportions of its long, low bonnet, high wings, and rear-set cabin paying homage to Toyota's illustrious sports car history, the dynamic power of the FT-86 II concept gives the clearest indication yet as to the final design of Toyota's next sports car."

So, we're left to get a few pictures of the original FT-86 and a few pictures of the FT-86 II and compare. Some things we see: a larger, curvier, beakier hood; reworked headlamps; swoopy LEDs on the front fascia; bigger air intake; and redesigned rear fascia with new taillights. There are also new wheels and a rear wing. Toyota aimed to keep the coupe as compact as possible, though its final measurements are slightly larger than its predecessor. It measures 4,235 mm in overall length with 2,570 mm separating the front and rear wheels. Width is 1,795 mm and height is 1,270 mm.

Under that new hood, Toyota packs Subaru's 2.0-liter Boxer four. No update was given as to what the official output will look like, though. A six-speed manual will let the driver use that engine to power the rear wheels.

Toyota stressed that it kept the powertrain and driving position as low and rearward as possible as to provide the best handling, balance, and agility.

Toyota President Akio Toyoda puts the new car in perspective: "When the Toyota 2000 GT was built, I was eleven years old—and I loved it. I said: 'I want to drive something like this when I grow up.' My dream came true when I drove a 2000 GT in a vintage car rally...I want young people to feel those same desires when they see a new Toyota sports car. I want to transfer the thrill of the race track to our vehicles, and making driving fun and exciting for our customers."

The final production version will debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this year, with sales beginning in 2012.

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