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Changes To Toyota FT-86 II Concept Based On Driver Feedback

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At the recent 2011 Geneva Motor Show Toyota rolled out an updated version of its FT-86 concept car, which previews a new rear-wheel drive sports coupe the Japanese auto giant is co-developing with Subaru and plans to launch next year.

Dubbed the FT-86 II, the latest concept is based on the original FT-86 from 2009 and is described by its creators as the strongest indication yet of how the production model will look. So what exactly was changed during the transition from FT-86 to FT-86 II?

According to Toyota’s design chief, Akihiro Nagaya, the car’s lines were refined in order to meet safety regulations as well as the criteria of its test drivers.



Nagaya explained during a recent interview with Autocar that the nose of the car had to be raised in order to meet pedestrian impact regulations. Additionally, the base of the A-pillars were pushed back 100 mm and were made more upright to improve visibility. The result of this is a more upright windscreen.

Other details include new LED detailing in the front bumper, a restyled rear end and reshaped headlights that appear more like the units on the Lexus LFA supercar.

Nagaya went on to reveal that the production version of the car would appear at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show this December and that the Subaru version of the car would look very similar to it, suggesting that only one version of each could be sold in certain markets.

For more details and spy shots of the Toyota and Subaru joint-sports car project, check out our previous post by clicking here.

[Autocar]
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  1. Hmm. I prefer the original 2009 concept over the latest concept. The latter way too Fast'n'Furious.
     
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  2. Looks like the Toyota Supra kinda also it looks like they are trying to compete with the Nissan 300Z. No big deal here
     
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  3. Well, I have been looking at the new Toyota FT-86 II concept car for several days now, and it's starting to grow on me. The rear windows appear to be positioned further back. I like that. I like that a lot. My 2000 Toyota Celica has a horrible, horrible blind spot on the rear right hand side of the car. Maybe the positioning back of the FT-86 II's rear window will take care of that problem. Personally, I think the FT-86 II is an edgy, striking car. New rice rocket power? Fun, fun, fun!
     
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  4. Well, I have been looking at the new Toyota FT-86 II concept car for several days now, and it's starting to grow on me. The rear windows appear to be positioned further back. I like that. I like that a lot. My 2000 Toyota Celica has a horrible, horrible blind spot on the rear right hand side of the car. Maybe the positioning back of the FT-86 II's rear window will take care of that problem. Personally, I think the FT-86 II is an edgy, striking car. New rice rocket power? Fun, fun, fun!
     
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  5. I like the bulge in the quarter panel. Brings back the muscle look, especially with the rear side window shaped around it as well.
     
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