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Toyota FT-86 Concept Goes Orange

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On: Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 9:50AM | By: Chris Weiss


Toyota FT-86 Concept Goes Orange

The saga of the Toyota-Subaru sports coupe team-up (aka Toyobaru) has been so comical it could almost be classified as a farce. Toyota has basically bombarded us with concepts to the point that we're sick of seeing the FT-86. Meanwhile, Subaru has given us not one, but two, clear car-skeletons that show little more than the powertrain and a basic shell of a car. Polar opposite takes on what's essentially the same project.

Well, while Subaru is fiddling around with a glorified model car, Toyota has yet another FT-86 to show in Frankfurt.

Not quite drastic enough to be the FT-86 III, the latest car is basically a slightly updated FT-86 II. The most noticeable change, of course, is its can't-miss orange color. It also gets a big pair of Brembo brakes to up its stopping prowess. Toyota also claims that it's lighter, faster, and sportier than the previous concepts, but since we don't really know exactly how light, fast or sporty those concepts were, that doesn't really tell us much.

Other than that, the car is basically the same FT-86 II that we saw in black at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. It features a swooping hood, LED-lined fascia cuts, and a hexagonal grille.

I remember two years ago, I was pretty excited to see the FT-86. Now, however, I almost hope I never see it again. Enough is enough—time to put up or shut up.

Thankfully Toyota and Subaru will both end their charades at the Tokyo Motor Show in late-November/December. Each company plans to introduce the production version of its car, paving the way for the cars to hit the market next year.

Let's just hope there are no more concepts between now and then.




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