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Toyota looks to its past for sporty, new concept

Celica, MR2, Supra, Corolla AE86: Toyota’s great driver-focused sportscars of the past have inspired its vision for a future-generationconcept model.

Celica, MR2, Supra, Corolla AE86: Toyota’s great driver-focused sports cars of the past have inspired its vision for a future-generation concept model.


In creating the FT-86 (Future Toyota-86) Sports Concept, Toyota has directly referenced the excitement and fundamental fun-to-drive quality that characterized the Corolla AE-86.


In its day the AE86 became a must-have model for rallying and circuit racing, with its front-engine, rear-wheel drive powertrain, compact dimensions, lightweight, impeccable balance and strong power to weight ratio. Even more than 20 years on from the end of production, it remains a popular choice with privateer rally teams.


The FT-86 Sports Concept previews a new-generation Toyota sports car, designed to recapture the spirit of the AE86, sharing its front-engine, rear-wheel drive credentials.


The FT-86 is designed to deliver simple, dynamic power with environmental responsibility. Rather than use a heavy displacement engine for performance, it is equipped with a free-revving 2.0-litre gasoline unit with a six-speed manual gearbox with compact dimensions.


Deployed in a front-engine, rear-wheel drive format, this powertrain delivers lively, accessible performance with engaging dynamic abilities and maximum driving pleasure.