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Frankfurt Teaser: Toyota FT-86 II Concept

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On: Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 4:25PM | By: Chris Weiss

Frankfurt Teaser: Toyota FT-86 II Concept

Over the past two years, Toyota has been engaged in the process of developing an entry level sports car. The cycle is almost complete. Toyota launched the original FT-86 concept at the Tokyo Motor Show nearly two years ago, and will launch the production version at the 2011 Tokyo Show later this year. In between those two cars, it launched the Scion FR-S, previewing the model that we'll see here in the U.S., and the FT-86 II.

With the Frankfurt Show so close to the Tokyo show, it's no surprise that Toyota doesn't have a new concept to show. The only surprise is that it's teasing the FT-86 II, which we already saw in Geneva.

Toyota released a short teaser clip of the FT-86 II, announcing that it will bring the latest concept version of the sports car to Frankfurt. Near as we can tell, this is the same black version that we saw in Geneva earlier this year, leading us to wonder why we need a teaser of a concept car we've already seen. Perhaps it will be slightly updated.

Whatever the case, the final version of the FT-86 is just a few short months away. The car was developed in cooperation with Subaru and features Subaru's 2.0-liter boxer four engine in a rear-wheel drive layout. Output is expected to be around 200 horses.

The Tokyo show will also welcome the Subaru version of the partnership—the BRZ. Unlike Toyota, Subaru has not yet shown a full concept of its sports car. It will fix that issue at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with a concept model that should be near production ready, because like Toyota, Subaru will debut the full production version in Tokyo in late-November/December. Subaru's version may be more powerful than Toyota's. We'd actually like to see a teaser of that one.

You can check out the teaser clip below. And don't worry; if you're not too excited about the second coming of the FT-86 II, there are plenty of other concepts and debuts scheduled for Frankfurt reveal that should get your blood pumping a little faster.


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