Archive for February, 2010

The “Toyobaru” 216a (Subaru’s version of the Toyota FT-86) has been spotted (large pic HERE) on American soil for the first time — in Orange County! A similar looking test mule was previously spotted (HERE and HERE) testing on the famed German track “Nurburgring”. These pics are not significant for seeing how the Subaru 216a [...]

Earlier today, we reported on AutocarUK’s exclusive interview with Jaromir Cech, the senior designer at Toyota’s ED2 studios responsible for designing the Toyota FT-86 concept car. As part of the interview, Autocar was able to video record Mr. Cech live with the FT-86 in a dramatic hangar setting. The resulting VIDEO is informative as well [...]

There’s a trifecta of FT-86 related news today! Autocar recently conducted a Q&A with the senior designer at ED2 (Toyota’s European design studios), from which new FT-86 photos were captured, redesign rumors dispeled (implicitly), and rumblings developed of the production FT-86 version possibly being shown at the 2010 Geneva Autoshow during the first week of [...]

The Toyota FT-86 will be making its first appearance outside of Japan at the 2010 Geneva International Motor Show during the first week of March! We will be bringing you live coverage and pics from the event!

Monday February 15, 2010 14:39

New FT-86 wallpaper for your hi-res desktops

Click here or the image below to download this new FT-86 wallpaper. We’ve made it available in multiple resolutions (including higher resolutions). Enjoy!

Publication Holiday Autos is reporting (discussions here) that the original FT-86 design we have seen at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show and the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon (based on designed by Toyota’s Europe Design Development ED²) has been passed up by Toyota in favor of the alternative design by Toyota’s North American design studio (Calty [...]

As discussed HERE, Jim Lentz, the President and Chief Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Sales USA was recently interviewed regarding the return of a Toyota sports car to the North American market. In the interview, Mr. Lentz is asked “It has been years since Toyota had a sports car (Supra) available for sale in North [...]

Monday February 8, 2010 11:18

Toyota FT-86 concept scale models available

You may not yet be able to purchase a life sized Toyota FT-86 (heck, the production car isn’t even yet revealed), but fans of the concept version can now pick up a scale model version of the original red FT-86 concept car. KIDBOX CAM is now offering this 1/43 scale resin model of the 2009 [...]

So, where has the original red FT-86 Concept and the FT-86 G-sport Concept cars gone after their respective showings at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show and the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon? It seems that Toyota has not only kept them within the country (c’mon Toyota, can you please lend them to your North American division [...]

The Toyota FT-86 concept cars have become the darlings of the Japanese automotive press – specifically, in the Japanese tuner car magazines. As seen HERE, both the regular concept FT-86 and the Supercharged FT-86 G-sport Concept have graced numerous auto enthusiast publications since their respective debuts. Impressively, the FT-86 G Sport Concept car even graces [...]