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Toyota FT-86 G Sports Concept revealed

Fri, 15 Jan 2010

The Toyota FT-86 G Sports has been revealed at the Tokyo Auto Salon

With the Detroit Motor Show only just kicking off you’d be forgiven for thinking that Detroit is the epicentre of all that’s going on in the car world at the moment. But you’d be wrong. The Tokyo Auto Salon is in progress in Japan and there are a few goodies cropping up.

First up is a G Sports Concept version of the already concept Toyota FT-86, the Toyota and Subaru joint venture for an affordable sport car which has been dubbed the Toybaru. But this FT-86 gets a body treatment which includes a wider nose and big wheel arches, a carbon fibre bonnet with vents and a much bigger spoiler bolted on the back.

Under the bonnet the 2.0 litre Boxer four gets a turbo added to give more power, but Toyota aren’t saying what. Best guess is somewhere north of 300bhp if you use the top end Impreza as a guide. Should make the FT-86 pick up its skirts and scoot, but doesn’t really fit in with the ethos of an ‘affordable’ sports car, which is what the FT-86 is designed to be.

The ‘G Sports’ bit refers to a new range of Toyotas which will be launched in Japan featuring mods from Gazoo Racing giving body kits and performance boosts. The FT-86 itself is still on course to be a reality by next year (2011) in Japan. It could come to the UK and Europe as a 2011 Toyota Celica. But there seem to be no plans to sell the G Sports range outside Japan.

Unless there’s a demand.

By Cars UK