Toyota UK recently had access to some private time with the FT-86 II Concept on location in Brussels. They’ve shared with us their beautiful studio photos and a video. Enjoy INSIDE!

According to Japan’s Best Car magazine, the production version of the Toyota FT-86 will arrive by the end of the year, at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show in December. Still, nobody knows what will be the total output delivered by this car, but we do know that the FT-86 will be powered by a 2.0-liter petrol unit and mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

According to Toyota, this engine will deliver a lively, accessible performance and enhanced driving pleasure. Regarding the design, the new car will be very close to the FT-86 II Concept, which is inspired by the great Toyota cars of the past, starting with the legendary 2000 GT in the 1960s. In the concept form, the FT-86 II Concept measures 4,235mm long, 1,795mm wide and 1,270mm high, with a long, 2,570mm wheelbase. [Discussion Inside]

If reports are correct, come April 20th, we will be seeing the SCION version of the Toyota FT-86 introduced at the New York International Auto Show. Rumored to be the Scion FT-S, this model will remain in concept form, but give a preview of what may be the US’ version of the Toyota FT-86. More info to come from the NYIAS in just a little under a month.

INSIDE is a new video released by Toyota featuring the Design Group General Manager, “Dezi” Nagaya, explaining the design and philosophy behind the new FT-86 II concept.

Wednesday March 9, 2011 10:40

In an interview with Autocar, Akihiro Nagaya, the manager of Toyota’s design division, provides some insight into the factors behind the redesigned FT-86 II Concept recently revealed at the 2011 Geneva autoshow. The main points were:

- Test driver feedback (one of main reasons)
- Pedestrian impact regulations (reason for lifted nose)
- Need for more upright windshield to reduce tunnel vision (resulted in A pillar being moved back 100mm)
- FT-86 II Concept is a “fair indication” of how the final production model could look when it arrives at the Tokyo show in December (around 50% there, maybe as high as 70%)
- Toyota will share more than just mechanicals with the Subaru; the two cars will look very similar, too

Full article can be read INSIDE.

We have posted a live video taken today of the FT-86 II Concept on display at the Toyota exhibit, as well as the portion of the press conference focusing on the latest FT-86 concept.

Also seen here is the short FT-86 II animation played during the press conference, as well as a must-see Gran Turismo 5 style animated action film featuring multiple FT-86 models in several colors! [All videos INSIDE]

Subaru has held its press conference at the 2011 Geneva autoshow, officially debuting the RWD Boxer Sports Car Architecture, a body skeleton model featuring mounted boxer engine and production intent drivetrain. Along with the press conference, it has issued this press release providing some details of the concept model, including confirmation that the production version will be produced beginning in Spring 2012.

See INSIDE for the full press release.

We have now posted Toyota’s official press release, press photos, and promo video for the FT-86 II concept. You can find it on our forums at http://www.ft86club.com/forums/showthread.php?t=987