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How Ironic: Toyota FT-86 Leaks

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On: Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 3:35PM | By: Chris Weiss

How Ironic: Toyota FT-86 Leaks

Lately I've been getting a little irritated at Toyota and Subaru. I'm eager to see their respective versions of a jointly developed sports coupe, but they've just been beating around the bush for too long. I'm almost ambivalent now.

Toyota showed the original concept in Tokyo 2009, an FT-86 II in Geneva this past winter, a Scion FR-S version in New York and an orange FT-86 II in Frankfurt. Am I missing anyone? Meanwhile, Subaru has been tooling around with plexiglass powertrain layouts. So we've seen like half a dozen different concepts, none of which are actually production ready.

That was set to change next month in Tokyo for both Toyota and Subaru, but a leak has pushed the official reveal to.....today!

A catalog page was scanned and leaked, originally appearing on FT86club. While understandably grainy, the picture clearly shows a car that maintains the same general shape and styling of the FT-86 II. As expected, the production version loses some of the more aggressive elements of the front-end, like the curvy air intakes and big grille, but overall it looks much like the concepts.

Other changes we notice include broadened taillights, tweaked headlamps, and chrome strips on the flanks.

Inside, the pictured car shows a red and black theme with red stitching, shift knob and steering wheel grips. The pictured model is right-side drive.

No new information on engine or specs was revealed with the pictures.

I hate to say it's karma, but Toyota really dragged its feet with this car, leaving the door wide open for someone to scoop their reveal. Look for Toyota to release pictures and info before Tokyo now that the cat is out of the bag.

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