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Toyota FT-86 Concept to debut at Tokyo Auto Show

October 6, 2009 | 12:35 pm


Take one look at Toyota's product lineup and you'll quickly realize that among a smattering of hybrids, sport utilities and frankly quite dull sedans, nothing exciting sticks out. After doing away with the Celica in 2006 and MR2 in 2007, few cars have attracted enthusiasts to Toyota for a few years now; hence the upcoming FT-86.

Conceived in 2008, the FT-86 Concept is a joint development project with Subaru. Eventually both companies will have variants, but for now all we've seen is this rear-drive concept from Toyota, which uses a Subaru 2.0-liter boxer four engine to help keep the center of gravity low in the chassis and give it that aggressive, low-profile hood.

Other than the fact that the concept utilizes a six-speed manual transmission and features a 2+2 seating arrangement, we don't know much about the upcoming "Toyobaru". We won't be seeing the car on roads until 2011, but it's already in video game Gran Turismo 5 if you fancy a sneak peek. Curiously, it doesn't appear to use a turbocharged engine, so outright speed may not be this car's selling point. At least it has something in common with the current Toyota lineup, then…

-- Brian Alexander

Brian Alexander is a staff writer for

Photo: Toyota FT-86 Concept, Credit: AutoBlog