After making its official debut two months ago at the Tokyo Auto Salon, the Toyota FT-86 Concept a modified 21st century incarnation of the old AE-86 Toyota Corolla better known as the Hachi Roku has already been spotted on the cover of the Japanese Option magazine, a journal that can be considered the bible for JDM tuning enthusiasts. Mimicking the classic Sprinter Trueno two tone paint scheme with its red and black stripes the tuned FT-86 also appears to be wearing what could be an oversized set of deep dish Panasport rims, a true nod to Initial D.

The first customized Toyota FT-86 RWD Coupe
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Just like the Japanese cartoon show prompted Toyota to start selling twenty year old parts again and has made the rear wheel drive Corolla even more valuable today than it was off the showroom floor by breathing a breath of fresh air into the affordable and fun to drive new car segment. Our hope is that the production version of the FT-86 gives Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe a kick in the pants and gets American automakers back into the sport compact market, which has been empty since General Motors nixed the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky from their lineup. Hopefully there is more than meets the eye to this red and black FT-86, but it is unlikely that we will find out until next year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, or an Initial D remake.

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Source: Carscoop

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4 comments:

  (765) posted on 01.12.2010

I will be tough for FT-86 to move up while the Genesis is on its way as a wall to break. Well this will be a challenge for Toyota to redeem their power to put up a machine that have a capability to beat the Genesis. As of now, Honda are cooking also a really good car and IMO, a tough competitor of Hyundai Genesis.

  (808) posted on 12.14.2009

Well quite interesting to see a customized and have a good tweak Toyota. I’m not a fan of Toyota but this one looks gorgeous but have a downside, I’m concern on the chassis.

  (42) posted on 12.9.2009

adriansmith i think they make a new series starting this new ft86 in it....

  (815) posted on 12.8.2009

the much awaited Drift car is revealed, updated version of AE86 really rocks, for sure street tuner shops like Foose, westcost Customs and other are already craving to get their hands to this baby. I’d like to see FT86 and AE86 in action, hopefully Initial D 5 does include this Updated 86.

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