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2009-10-06 09:06
Toyota must be tired of hearing its cars are dull. The Japanese manufacturer has revealed its FT-86 concept car showstopper for this year's Tokyo Motor Show.

The concept is the result of the joint venture between Toyota and Subaru which came close to experiencing the chop on several occasions.

However, what Toyota is ready to show the world at its domestic motor show is a 2+2 sports coupe with rear-wheel drive, a Subaru-sourced 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine and a six-speed manual gearbox.

Although Toyota hasn't released much information about its latest concept, keeping the weight down was said to be a huge focus. Using a boxer engine also allows engineers to place the engine lower in the bay, keeping the centre of gravity low and improving handling. The concept apparently also rides on an all-new platform.

Designed by Toyota's European design facility in France to appeal to Toyota aficionados hankering after something sportier, the FT-86 invokes the spirit of the popular Corolla AE-86 rear wheel drive coupe of the 80s. FT stands for Future Toyota, but this is unlikely to be the car's final name.

Styling is heavily influenced by the FT-HS concept shown at the 2007 Detroit Motor Show and is a desperate attempt by Toyota to inject some excitement into the brand after the culling of the MR-2.

In a recent media conference in Tokyo, Toyota president Akio Toyoda said the manufacturer would put greater effort into building more emotional cars. As a statement, then, the FT-86 concept looks promising.

The FT-86 concept will be shown at the Tokyo Motor Show running from October 21 through November 4. The production version is expected to make its appearance in 2011.


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