Geneva motor show: FT-86 draws near

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If the Auris HSD represents Toyota’s hybrid technology expertise, then there’s one car at the Geneva motor show that confirms the company’s commitment to producing driver-focused performance cars: the FT-86 Sports Concept.

Our whirlwind trip to the show gave us the chance to see the car first-hand  – provided we could push our way through the crowds, of course! Clearly, there is unrelenting interest in the concept, and it’s not just us who think so.

The reasons? Try a front-engine, rear-wheel drive format wrapped in a lightweight, compact body. If this sounds familiar, then it’s meant to. The FT-86 is the spiritual successor to the iconic Corolla AE-86 and draws inspiration from the legendary MR2, Celica and Supra. That’s some heritage.

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Make no mistake, though, the FT-86 isn’t just about looking back to the past. This is a striking vision of the future that comes complete with a free-revving 2.0-litre petrol engine, a six-speed manual gearbox and 19-inch alloy wheels. While no more details have been announced, we promise to keep you updated on the latest developments when they happen.

Update 5/3/10: we’ve now added more images of the FT-86 and other stars from Geneva to Flickr.

13 comments

  1. Hi Gary,

    The FT-86 is still in the concept stage of development, so details of grades and pricing are not yet available.
    The production version is scheduled for 2012, and we will update the blog as soon as more information is revealed at the Geneva motor show.

    Thanks.

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