Earlier this month at the Geneva Auto Show, Toyota presented the updated version of its FT-86 concept sports coupe. While it's moved closer to production, the FT-86 II is still not officially production ready.

But it is ready to pose. Toyota released a short video clip of the FT-86 II doing its most seductive poses this week. The video gives us a more intimate look at the concept's new grille, LED running lights, rear diffuser, rear wing, and everything in between. There's a little too much footage of the camera crew for my taste, but the one-minute clip of the silky-smooth FT-86 still has plenty of effect.

The FT-86 is a sports coupe developed in cooperation with Subaru. In production, it will feature a 2.0-liter Boxer engine and rear-wheel-drive layout. Final specs are still undisclosed.

Toyota launched the original FT-86 at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. With the second model, Toyota worked to refine the design and address some of the issues presented by test drivers. Some things that the company fixed include the steeply angled windshield, which was raised up to improve driver visibility, and the redesigned front hood, which was raised to meet pedestrian safety regulations.

While Toyota called the FT-86 II the "

clearest indication yet as to the final design of Toyota's next sports car" in a Geneva press release, design manager Akihiro Nagaya recently told Autocar that it is only 50 to 70 percent in line with the production version.

Toyota will debut the production version of the FT-86 later this year at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. Sales are expected to begin next year.



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