Toyota FT-86 II Concept was featured at the last Geneva Motor Show and it is a result of collaboration of famous auto-brands, Toyota and Subaru. They are co-developing similar versions of this sports coupe, both of which are expected to be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer-four engine.
Both the drivetrain and driver have been set as low and as far back as possible to optimise balance for maximum poise, high-speed stability and agility.
Toyota says: ‘This gives the car lively, accessible performance that is easy to harness and enjoy.’
Toyota has since confirmed that the FT-86 II is the strongest indication yet of how its new sports car will look, and that designers have unashamedly looked to the automaker’s sports cars of the past, such as the legendary 2000 GT of the 1960s, for inspiration.
No new ground was broken either, just a reiteration of what we already know:
- The new FT-86 sports car is being developed in conjunction with Fuji Heavy Industries (parent company of Subaru – though Subaru is never mentioned)
- It will use a ‘free revving boxer petrol engine’ mounted in the front, driving the rear wheels.
- A six-speed manual should be on offer when the car goes on sale in 2012.
- This concept, dubbed ‘Functional Beauty’, is a product of Toyota’s European Design Development center.