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Toyota FT-86: Now standard FT-86 leaks

Sat, 29 Oct 2011

The Toyota FT-86 leaks again - this time the standard model

After what seems like years of waiting for Toyota’s sporty and ‘affordable’ sports car – the Toyota FT-86 – to arrive, information is coming thick and fast as the official debut looms at the Toyota Motor Show in a month’s time.

Just a few days ago we had pictures of the Toyota FT-86 with Modellista extras, which gave us the clearest look yet at what the new FT-86 in production guise will offer. And now we get what appears to be a standard Toyota FT-86 from another Japanese brochure leak.

Actually, the more standard FT-86 looks better to our eyes than the pimped FT-86 by Modellista; its lines are cleaner and it looks more cohesive. And that’s good.

These new photos come from the same place as the last lot (and you can see more scanned photos by jumping over to FT86Club) and fortunately they have a Japanese speaker on tap to decipher some of the text on the brochure scans.

It seems Toyota are claiming the FT-86 has aerodynamics developed with the knowledge Toyota gained in their F1 foray, and that the FT-86 has a low centre of gravity and a sexy, but functional, design.

There’s aggressive wheel arches, a high diffuser and the design and shape of the side windows echoes that of Japan’s first real sports car – the Toyota 2000 GT – developed by the legendary Hiromu Naruse, and featuring in the Bond film You only Live Twice. Which is no doubt the Toyota equivalent of Jaguar echoing the E-Type’s rear door on the C-XE.

With this much information – and photos – floating around, Toyota’s FT-86 powder is now distinctly damp, so there seems little point Toyota holding out for the Tokyo show to reveal the FT-86 fully.

So it shouldn’t be more than a day or three before we get the official gen from Toyota on the FT-86. Probably.

By Cars UK