Toyota has just unveiled this GAZOO made FT-86 G Sport Concept at the Tokyo Auto Salon! It’s been a while since we’ve seen new images of the FT-86 and we’re happy that it’s in the form of a TURBO performance version! Full set of photos and specs are located HERE.

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Autocar’s Japanese correspondent Peter Nunn recently spent some time with the creator of the original Nissan Z-car – the Datsun 240Z – Yutaka Katayama. Of the current Nissan 370z, Katayama was initially a fan of the car, but felt it was overly complicated. “Two hundred years ago we were riding horses, but we’ve lost that feeling of uncomplicated freedom nowadays,” said Katayama. “A horse has no tachometer or whatever, but man can still control the speed and enjoy riding the horse. Keep it simple – that’s the way it should be.”

While bemoaning the price and overcomplexity of the new 370z, Katayama described what ideal modern Z-car would be.

“To Mr K, the Z-car should be simpler – styled like a thoroughbred, but with a price accessible to young people,” says Nunn. “It should offer the same kind of character and involvement that you can get from a Mazda MX-5, or even a Caterham.”

Katayama has been impressed with the Toyota FT-86 concept, which he saw at the Tokyo motor show. A Subaru-engined, rear-drive coupe “is something like a new Zed should be”, he said.

Full article HERE.

EVO magazine’s most recent issue (the “EVO Car Of The Year Issue”) has coverage on the Toyota FT-86 and Subaru 216a, including an article with the following enticing title:

“TWO FOR THE TRACK — NEW JAPANESE COUPES BOTH SET TO GO RACING”

The article makes reference to a special low-frills competition version which will sell for less than $22,000! The source close to Toyota told EVO that such a version will be tweaked for racing with special stiffer suspension and larger, more powerful brakes. This competition/track FT-86 will also be used for drifting competitions. This is the first time we have heard mention of a competition/track version of the FT-86 and while we’re completely thrilled at the prospect of a competition model, it makes the wait for it that much harder!!

Read the entire FT-86 articles from EVO magazine HERE.

Monday December 7, 2009 15:36

Check out this Red Panda design scheme rendering featured on the cover of Japanese tuning magazine “Option.” We love the red panda paint design and the classic Watanabe wheels, as well as the front aero kit! No doubt we’ll see some member here with this look on their FT-86 shortly after the car becomes available.

Original forum post here: http://www.ft86club.com/forums/showthread.php?t=210

According to Autotelegraaf, a senior Toyota official has confirmed that there may indeed be a convertible version of the FT-86 coupe if the demand proves to be strong. This is the first mention we have heard from Toyota regarding a potential convertible version. Unless it’s already under testing currently, a convertible version of the FT-86 would likely follow a year after the coupe version first becomes available. Join our discussions on this topic HERE.

The official also revealed that no name had yet been chosen for the production version of the FT-86 concept.

Our members have come up with some great looking speculative renderings of a FT-86 convertible. Check them out HERE.

Bummer for Subaru fans from down under. The FT-86 (086a joint platform) which Subaru has co-developed with Toyota will likely not be heading to Australia, at least as a Subaru model. This announcement was made by Subaru Australia managing director Nick Senior following the unveiling of the Toyota FT-86 at the Tokyo Motor Show, currently under way. According to Mr. Senior:

“There are elements of that car (FT-86) that don’t fit with our Subaru DNA in Australia,” Senior said. “We understand that car is a global car and we will at sometime have to sit down and think about how it fits in terms of all-wheel drive and some other things.

“But where I sit today it doesn’t fit and it would be a brave decision to take it. At the moment I would say we are unlikely to see it as a Subaru.

“The obvious issue is it is rear-wheel drive and quite plainly no-one is building an all-wheel-drive version at the moment so there is one key thing.

“We have hung our hats on all-wheel drive for nearly 12 years now, so why would we step away from something that has been ultra-successful for us and given us the highest share of any major Subaru distributorship in the world?”

Does this also signal the unlikelihood of a Subaru version of the FT-86 for the rest of the world, or just that there are no current plans for a Subaru AWD version ?

See HERE for what our forum members have to say about this.

Wednesday October 21, 2009 01:01

The Tokyo Motor Show has begun in just the past few hours and the Toyota has not been shy about showing the Toyota FT-86 to the automotive press media! The FT-86 is located front and center in Toyota’s exhibit space (as seen in this video). Some photos of the FT-86 have already begun rolling in, and will no doubt increase as the days of the show go on. We will keep updating this thread with all photos, videos, media that comes out of the show in this thread, and of course announce any new FT-86 information released at the show, so stay tuned to this homepage and our forums!

It has already been revealed (via a leaked demo) that the Toyota FT-86 concept will be featured in the latest version of the immensely popular Gran Turismo game franchise, in the form of Gran Turismo 5. We now bring you the best screen captures yet of the FT-86 from the game. You can see the entire set of screen captures HERE. Thanks to forum member Axel for the images.