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The speculation is over, the Japanese automaker Toyota has finally shown the world the highly anticipated successor to the original AE86 "Hachi Roku" with the FT-86 Concept. The old Toyota Corolla was celebrated for its lightweight fun to drive layout. The new project has previously been referred to as a Toyobaru because the affordable sports car was developed in collaboration with Subaru and is scheduled to make its world debut in just a few weeks at the Tokyo Motor Show. We are happy to report that even though this is just the concept, the production model will look a lot like it, with the only revisions being done to the cars interior. However we won’t know for sure until the end of 2011.

The Flash Red FT-86 Concept is inspired by the Corolla based AE86 sports coupe from the 1980s, and carries a very strong resemblance to the FT-HS Concept that was revealed back in 2007 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The FT-86 is a compact, rear wheel drive sports concept powered by a 2.0 Liter horizontally opposed, naturally aspirated four cylinder gasoline burning engine supplied by Subaru. In its non boosted form, the flat four make a maximum output of 150 HP, but the automaker is toying around with the idea of a more powerful super charged version depending on consumer demands, but for now we will have to settle for a simple boxer engine connected to a 6 speed manual transmission and equipped with ADVICS brakes.

When designing the FT-86 Concept Toyota’s engineers wanted to give the car a very low center of gravity for improved handling and efficient aerodynamics so that it can cut through the air with ease. So the four passenger FT-86 ended up being 4,160 mm long, 1,760 mm wide and 1,260 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,570 mm. Toyota’s design team has also included quite a few sporting touches to the concept’s interior; starting off with a flat bottom steering wheel, aluminum pedals and red stitching to accent the leather wrapped steering wheel and parking brake lever. The grey instrument panel is seamlessly molded into the darker dash and from the looks of things, is ready to hit Fuji Speedway.

Updated 05/03/2010: Toyota revealed new images of the FT-86 (Future Toyota-86) during the concept’s European debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Check the gallery to see them all!

To see what the Hachi Roku is all about, check out the video and Press Release after the jump.

Drift King Keiichi Tsuchiya’s AE86 Adventure

Press release

TMC seeks to develop the ultimate earth-conscious environmentally-considerate vehicle with a focus on hybrid technologies without losing sight of the appeal of cars themselves or the joy of driving.

2010 Toyota FT-86 Concept
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Over the past several years, the need has been rising for motor vehicles that take into consideration global warming and other environmental issues, while there has also been concern that there have been too few new sports cars that make the heart beat faster and that the time is right for a new generation of sports cars. In response to these needs, TMC has developed the FT-86 Concept, a sports car equipped with a 2,000cc, horizontally opposed, four-cylinder, naturally-aspirated gasoline engine that evokes the joy of driving a car and the pleasure of vehicle ownership.

As the name "Future Toyota 86 Concept" implies, the FT-86 Concept, which will be exhibited at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, is a new 86 Toyota with a flash red finish. It is a compact, rear-wheel drive sports concept car that embodies speed and the excitement of driving that give cars their appeal as well as environmental performance.

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A Toyota Sports Car for a New Era when the Driver Plays the Main Role

The FT-86 Concept is 4,160mm long, 1,760mm wide, and 1,260mm high with a wheelbase of 2,570mm, giving it a compact feeling that is easy for the driver to handle while able to accommodate four occupants. In addition to being light and having a low center of gravity, the FT-86 Concept boasts the handling of a racing car as well as a 6-speed manual transmission and ADVICS brakes.

2010 Toyota FT-86 Concept
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The stylish concept captures the heart with the "functional utility" of its highly-refined body. It is the creation of Toyota Europe Design Development known as ED2, which has established body lines that take into consideration a low center of gravity and aerodynamics. The interior is distinctive, featuring an instrument panel with a gray and white base, gauges with red neon lights and digital displays, and a navigation system. In addition, a zipper that evokes an image of interior lapping with minimal covering of a highly-refined body presents a striking display.

It is necessary to create a vehicle in which the driver plays the main role in order to have as many people as possible experience the joy of driving.

2010 Toyota FT-86 Concept
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The FT-86 Concept is neither an electric vehicle nor a hybrid vehicle, but is a sports model with a gasoline engine developed to convey the essential appeal of automobiles in a new era. It is a must-see concept car that expresses TMC’s desire to once again create a Toyota sports car.

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  (366) posted on 10.8.2010

Well the name FT-86 means Future Toyota-86, a reference to the ’80s Toyota AE86 Corolla, an FR-layout coupe with a cult following, so it’s the spiritual successor to that, but yes, it’s probably going to be in the same segment as the Celica.

  (743) posted on 09.28.2010

By the time this thing actually comes out, Nissan will probably have the S16 (and I have faith they know how to make it just as fans want it), Hyundai will have the next gen Genesis Coupe, and Honda might (big might here) produce some sporty car again. Oh well, it’s not like Toyota will lose any market share with the sports car segment. You have to actually have a share in the first place.

  (814) posted on 09.15.2010

My guess is that Toyota looked at the production costs of the FT-86 design and likely rejected it as too expensive to produce. As such, they’ve turned to Calty, and we could see a more production-ready design at least by SEMA this fall.

  (1332) posted on 07.25.2010

I wish they could remake AE86, hmm maybe a modern design and not to curvy. I still like edgy AE86.

  (129) posted on 07.21.2010

It would have been cooler if they had used a Levin liftback, and a T160 4th generation Celica All-trac Turbo.

  (10) posted on 04.23.2010

This car gives a dirt if it will be a celica successor. But this car looks slightly good but 370Z looks far better.

  (780) posted on 03.17.2010

Good thing that this baby is in manual tranny.

  (647) posted on 03.11.2010

The question will be will people still like Toyota after all the recalls and the mishaps on the road cause by the malfunctions that the technology they have made. Just for this createdweek, 2 Priuses has already gone loco and placed two lives in danger. For the first incident, he was lucky a patrolling police officer knew how to stop cars like his, runawayunfortunately for the second car, it had to be a concrete wall.

  (1) posted on 03.10.2010

I have decided to get this car for my 50th birthday in March 2012. I am hoping that the price is NOT in the lower ranges because I dont want to see them everywhere. I have read that Toyota is "thinking" of a price in the 20’s and that will put every Tom, and Harry in them. If they are priced in the upper 30’s, that will make them a bit harder to pay for and the owner pool will become a little more, for lack of a better word, refined.

  (806) posted on 03.8.2010

The concept is amazing I’ve only seen this line up in a BMW model. It’s great that a new line up comes along.

  (780) posted on 03.7.2010

@ Uncia - I think they’ve included some ideas and concept from supra.

  (868) posted on 03.5.2010

Why are they showing a Supra behind it? This an affordable sports coupe; the Supra was a supercar legend and still is. This car is a successor to the Celica; not the Supra.

  (708) posted on 01.27.2010

the style of this car in the front looks like ashton martin, and at the back it looks like Toyota Eclipse.

  (1022) posted on 10.31.2009

You too. I don’t know what happened to the comment though, it came in my forum message box.

  (3) posted on 10.30.2009

Ahhh! I see exactly what you’re saying and agree. Have a great day!

  (1022) posted on 10.30.2009

I wouldn’t, especially not over a Celica or a 911. Iam not denying that from a styling point, these cars stand out, especially the Camaro. That comment was for someone who wrote something about this car going retro. Which is why I said it is okay from a styling point of view but cars like the Z go for retro sytling without sacrificing the tecnology available in the 21st century. When trucks have independant suspensions and yet a sporstcar has a live axle, somethings wrong.

  (3) posted on 10.29.2009

The Camaro/SRT8’s/Mustangs have plenty that makes them special, it just takes more than a casual glance. I have a 2007 Charger SRT8 and people that drive it and the 07 911 4S and 08 Cayman S I have ALWAYS pick the Charger! Blows my mind! I don’t get it, but something makes it special in those people’s minds. They even take the SRT8 over the 01 CLK55 AMG I have in almost every case!!! These are younger folks that have nothing to ’relive’ and have probably never been in the originals. Beats me brother AK47...but with my test sample, people like the new American muscle just fine. Peace! smiley

  (1022) posted on 10.29.2009

Not all manufacturers are cheap to keep using the old models. The idea behind new models is to impove on the older cars. No one in their right mind would purchase a live axle Mustang. Nissan gave us a good example of how to go retro while having high tech features to compete with mordern cars.

What do the Mustang, Challenger and Camaro have that makes them special? Nothing. They are more for people who want to relive their old days than actual enthusiasts.

  (868) posted on 10.8.2009

No one’s going to pay a quater million for a Supra - great car, but that’s what the LF-L is for. The GT-R needs a competitor, and Toyota can make one as good as anybody.

And the Supra, like the R35, would be just as profitable as any Toyota - not by sales volume, but because halo cars get people interested in a company’s other offerings.

  (1022) posted on 10.8.2009

Toyota wouldn’t make a 70k Supra when they can slap on the Lexus badge and make it 250k. Of course the IS-F and Supra don’t compete but if the price is similiar, there is no way people will pass a 417hp luxury sedan with M3 performance for a hardcore coupe. Not enough for Toyota to make one anyway.

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