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You know a car is making waves when on the same day it makes its worldwide debut, its virtual counterpart is doing the same.

That’s what happened a few days ago when the incredible Toyota FT-1 Concept officially showed its face at the North American International Auto Show, which was shortly followed by the virtual FT-1 Concept becoming available as a downloadable content for Gran Turismo 6.

Yup, that quick. The quick turnaround is impressive enough in its own right, but considering that the actual show car lacked an engine in Detroit , yet it’s running in full force in the game, it would be really cool to see exactly how the concept sports car runs.

More importantly, the release of the FT-1 Concept on Gran Turismo represents a new kind of partnership between the game’s developer with automotive brands. We’ve already waxed poetic about the Vision Gran Turismo Concepts , but having an actual concept make a debut in a major auto show coincide with the same concept appearing in a video game is something both parties are likely to take advantage of in the near future.

Don’t be surprised if a company decides to debut a concept in the game first before showing it live in person in the future.

That could be in play now.

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While the new FT-1 Concept car was specially designed for the new Gran Turismo 6 racing game, we have a strange feeling that it previews the new-generation Supra . In fact, Toyota announced that the concept car previews the company’s future design language, meaning that a new sports car may be right around the corner.

The new concept car is named the FT-1 and the name was explained as follows: FT stands for "Future Toyota," and the number "1" represents the ultimate. According to Toyota, the design team started to work on this new concept car about two years ago, and it’s pretty clear that it is a continuation of the FT-HS launched in 2007, with some design elements taken from the 2012 Lexus LF-LC .

The concept was designed by the Calty design team and comes just in time to celebrate the team’s 40th anniversary. It was officially unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show .

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Here in the U.S., we are prepping for the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , on the other side of the globe, Japan is in the early stages of the first auto salon of the year, which is in Tokyo . While the Tokyo show will likely not be as big as the American show, there are plenty of makers set to show off some very cool vehicles.

On of them is this GRMN 86 concept that "incorporates the technical expertise gained through the 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race." The first details offered on the concept suggest it will feature an updated powertrain, strengthened body, a lower center of gravity and a lower curb weight than a base Toyota GT86 .

The concept’s roof, hood and trunk are made from carbon fiber, while the windows are made from polycarbonate. Both of these materials help drop the GT86’s weight.

No details were released on the performance figures, but this new GRMN 86 concept also received sport-tuned suspension, carbon-ceramic brakes and a mechanical differential, so it will surely be more fun to drive.

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Gazoo Racing from Japan is working on a couple of special cars for the 2014 Tokyo motor show . As you may already know, Gazoo Racing has been an active presence in the motorsport scene, as it has also raced in the Nurburgring endurance races among others.

Apart from the other concepts the team has produced over the years, Gazoo Racing will bring a very special, custom Toyota GT86 to the Tokyo auto salon.

The custom Toyota GT86 by Gazoo Racing will be revealed on January 10, 2014. We tried to snoop around for some more information about the upcoming sports car , but sadly, the company hasn’t provided any more details about it.

The Gazoo Racing concept will feature a large rear wing shown here in the teaser image. It could also get a full body kit and minor aerodynamic tweaks. Lightweight racing wheels with larger rotors for improved braking and handling performance.

We are waiting for Gazoo Racing to formally announce the 2014 Toyota GT86 concept, and until then, we could only speculate as to what upgrades could end up on the new car. We will be updating this story as and when the official information is out.

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BMW i8

The partnership between Toyota and BMW has been reported ad nauseam in the past few months but both companies have remained tight lipped on what kind of collaboration its going to be.

But that’s not the case anymore after a high-ranking BMW exec essentially confirmed and described the collaboration between the two brands. Speaking to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, BMW development chief Dr. Herbert Diess essentially laid out all the cards on the table, detailing what a lot of us have suspected for a while now before throwing out a caveat that gave us a clearer picture of what we can expect with this partnership.

"We have agreed on a joint architecture for a sports car," Diess said, before adding that "there will be two different vehicles that are authentic to the two brands."

So...the Toyota -BMW technological dance will give way to at least two models, one carrying a Toyota badge and one carrying a BMW badge. That’s cool and all, but with that piece of information all but confirmed, the onus now turns on exactly what kind of models these vehicles are going to be under their respective brands.

Could it be that we’re in store for a successor to the Lexus LF-A or the long-awaited return of the Supra ? On the flip side, maybe a new BMW sports car that will be a class above the Z4 , or something along the lines of the new i8 ?

A lot of potential models are in play and its exciting that we’re going into 2014 with all this speculation on what kind of offspring the Toyota and BMW marriage is going to have.

Note: Photo is of the 2015 BMW i8

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If you look into the history of the Toyota brand, the Land Cruiser has been around for more than half a century. It has long proven how capable it is on whatever terrain you throw at it. Where a Range Rover would fall apart, crying out for for maintenance, the Land Cruiser would continue to do its job. When it comes to reliability, the Japanese sure do have some secret formula.

For the 2013 model year, Toyota gave the Land Cruiser a mild makeover. New styling elements were added upon an already awesome-looking machine. The interior too was overhauled, with more standard features than before, while a rather potent V-8 engine provided the muscle required to take on the worst of rugged terrains. Added safety features and driver aides all made it easy to drive.

For 2014, Toyota has made subtle changes to the Land Cruiser . It still boasts the 5.7-liter, V-8 engine and a handsome-looking exterior, but the automaker has now standardized all optional features into one attractive package. So, the 2014 Land Cruiser will be available in just one trim level.

Click past the jump to read our extensive review of the 2014 Toyota Land Cruiser

We haven’t seen or heard a lot from Romeo Ferraris in quite a while, but even though the tuning company has kept quiet since it introduced its program for the Fiat 500 Abarth Cinquone Stradale last year, it’s hard to completely forget about these guys, especially with its reputation as one of Italy ’s finest aftermarket companies.

But now, Romeo Ferraris is back and it marked its return with an impressive program for one of the most popular sports cars in recent history: the Toyota GT 86 .

In some ways, it’s the perfect car for Romeo Ferraris can get its hands on. In its standard guise, the GT 86 looks every bit of a sports car, yet it somehow lacks the powerful performance credentials that its distinct and sporty style deserves.

That noticeable shortage of power is why aftermarket companies like Romeo Ferraris love the GT 86; they can put their imprint on it without comprising the overall characteristics of the Japanese sports car and do so in a way that gives the 86 that much needed boost in engine output.

That’s where Romeo Ferraris comes into the picture. Using a new supercharger, an intercooler and a subsequent ECU remapping, the Italian automaker was able to churn up 258 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque worth of output form the car’s 2.0-liter inline-four engine, a significant uptick in power from the stock 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque.

Romeo Ferraris didn’t release the performance numbers, but with these upgrades, it’s not far out of the imagination to think that this GT 86 is now capable of hitting 60 mph in 6.5 seconds to go with a top speed of about 140 mph.

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When the going gets tough, it’s time to summon the Toyota Land Cruiser . When it comes to go-anywhere ability, the only vehicle that has managed to stand its ground against the Land Rover is the Toyota Land Cruiser, which in itself has earned a legendary status. For the year 2013, Toyota updated the Land Cruiser with added standard features and a styling overhaul.

Now, for the year 2014, Toyota has brought an evolutionary design change to the Land Cruiser. It may look different, but underneath it still is more or less the same burly, all-wheel-drive SUV with loads of features and creature comforts.

Like most heavy-duty off-roaders, the 2014 Land Cruiser is based on a body-on-frame platform that gives it added strength to take on the roughest of terrains the world can throw at it.

Over the past 60 years, the Land Cruiser has evolved from a manual select, all-wheel-drive utility vehicle into a luxurious SUV packed with the latest electronic aides, cameras and safety features. Has the addition of computer programs and guidance systems made exploring the farthest reaches of this planet child’s play? Lets find out.

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The tremendous amount of publicity being showered on the Vision Gran Turismo concepts are well deserved. After all, it’s not everyday that you see automakers from all over the world sign up for such an unprecedented project of designing video game exclusive concept vehicles.

Excluding what has already been unveiled — the BMW and Mercedes concepts — some of the other brands participating in the project have provided teasers of their own through Sony, preparing us for what will eventually be an onslaught of concept awesomeness.

Yesterday, Toyota added its name to that hat, releasing a shadowy teaser of its Vision Gran Turismo Concept , featuring a pretty sick silhouette that comes with a huge rear spoiler, a sweeping hood, a long-flung roof, and what we imagine to be a car riding pretty close to the ground.

Toyota has given no indication on when it plans to reveal its Vision Gran Turismo Concept. But since we like speculating on these things, we’re hoping to see Toyota follow Mercedes’ route when it revealed its own concept at the LA Auto Show .

And wouldn’t you know it, the North American International Auto Show is a little over a month away from opening its doors. What better way to steal the show than the to bring this concept and the reborn Supra , right?

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Toyota Supra

Hold on to your seats, fellas. That Toyota -BMW partnership may give birth to its first (concept ) model pretty soon.

It’s been widely believed that the tie-up between the two companies would spawn a variety of performance models, including one that would mark the return of the beloved Supra .

Well, according to Autoblog, it appears that our wishes are about to be answered at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show when the Toyota Supra Concept officially makes its debut. Christmas is still two weeks away, but this is about as cool as an early holiday present to have if you’re a fan of the Supra.

Neither Toyota nor BMW have confirmed this rumor, but for what it’s worth, this is the closest we’ve come to an official date to see the return of one of Toyota’s most beloved models.

Everything really points towards the return of the Supra, too, because a number of Toyota bigwigs have made it known that they want to see the model, or at least a worthy successor to it, return as soon as possible.

Should the NAIAS be the setting for this highly anticipated comeback, expect the Supra Concept to be one of the most talked about models at the event, possibly even for the entire year.

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Source: Autoblog

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