Exclusive: Behind the scenes with the Toyota FT-86 II Sports Concept

Toyota FT-86 II Sports Concept in Brussels

Excitement about the 2012 launch of Toyota’s new sports car is building following the world debut of the FT-86 II Sports Concept at the Geneva motor show.

We’re just as excited as you are, so we jumped at the chance to shoot the FT-86 II on location in Brussels last week. Check out the images and video – we hope you like them.

See also:
Looking into the future with Toyota’s concept cars

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Comments (33)

  1. just wondering if the tail lights would be available, as i love the look of the tail lights and would be a great thing (but thats just me saying) if it was an option to be put on the 86. would make me happy 🙂

  2. dont care about this that and the other all i know im driving it in the toyota gt86 drift school so i will know for my self . what a cool car !!!

  3. I want to buy one of these but if there’s no Auto transmission than that’s a deal-breaker. Anyone know if there will be a fully automatic version?

        1. The man who can’t drive having a dig at someone else lol this is a car designed as a drivers car ie you get out what you put in not a car for lazy people who want to cruise about

          1. lol. an auto box changes gear and knows what gear to be in better than any human. wasn’t like that in the 80s, but it is now. sorry.

  4. I own a Celica T-Sport with a 189 BHP VVTL-I engine. I love variable valve lift control.

    The old concept said that each makers versions would have their own engines. It would be a great shame if the toyota version did not have an updated VVTLI engine.

  5. Already registered my interest at my local Toyota dealer and have a deposit ready when a release date is confirmed. Hurry up Toyota 🙂

  6. Looks like a cross between the gen 6 & 7 celica. I preferred gen 6 though. This needs at least a 2.0 litre lump under the bonnet. The 1.8 VVTi from the gen 7 were all underpowered. If it can’t get to 60mph in under 7.5secs then it isn’t worth producing.

    1. The 1.8 VVTL-i from the gen 7 (190, T-Sport and UK GT) Celica could achieve a 0-60mph time in 7.1s

      The FT-86 engine will utilise a 2.0 subaru sourced boxer engine. Dont worry, its going to be an awesome car!

      1. I have a corolla T-sport with the same drivetrain as the celica gen 7 and I have achieved 0-60 in under 7 sec in wet conditions. (Minor upgrades: K&N Typhoon kit and sport backbox)

        I will deff. keep my eyes and ears open for the release date 🙂

  7. Hi,

    The car looks great and really shows the direction Toyota are looking to go by coming back into the coupe market. Anymore information regarding the power options and engines as well as prices? Any ideas when we should expect these items and when the first production cars will be available to order/drive/see.


    1. Subaru have curently have 3 ‘Boxer’power plants, a 2.5 ltr cylinder unit pushing 170 BHP, 2.5 turbo giving between 224 and 305BHP and a 3.6 ltr 6 cylinder giving 256BHP.I imagine it will be one of those options unless they develop a new one just for the FT-II.Top Gear mentioned that Toyota wanted to keep the price under £20,000 but don’t see that happening and I think its due in the summer of 2012.

      1. most websites i have seen are quoting £25k plus, and im also wondering if its an all out sports car or if they are going to try and implement a hybrid element to it, partial electric to bring costs down (especially with fuel costs at the moment)

        1. Hey guys,

          Thanks for your thoughts. From my view point it looks as if Toyota would be pitching this up against the Honda CRZ and therefore would have to provide a hybrid option. Toyota did also commit to having a wide range of hybrids leading me to believe this maybe one of them i.e same power and engine as auris, prius and lexus ct all of which I believe have 136bhp which is in line with the honda.

          1. I cant see this being a hybrid or having a hybrid option. I would imagine Toyota bringing a dedicated hybrid sports car in a few years building on the FT-HS concept.

            I think this car is best pitched somewhere between an MX-5 (seen as though the RX-8 is gone) and a mid spec TT or 370z?

            I would of thought that a price tag of £25k for a decent spec version of the FT-86 would be achievable seen as though Toyota and Subaru are sharing components and the development of this car.

  8. This could possibly be my first Toyota, depending on the price tag… i have always stuck with Fords and my last was a Focus ST, but i need a change!

    Are you going to have lots of different packs available for styling etc, i really liked the carbon fibre bonnet but would prefer a slightly bigger rear wing as the little one wont have much effect on the car if its a genuine sports car.

    And any idea on the Europe price tag, i have seen $28,500 and 2.5million yen….are we looking at £25,000 here?

  9. The one and only sport car ever made toyota worth owning was toyota supra MK4,with that being said caming up with rear wheel drive sport car from toyota the bar has already been set high.A true sport car with the right looks should have right power plant. going with boxer motor was first mistake toyota made. what EJ257 from the STI aint going to cut it. At least you could have gone with redesinged 2JZ or something toyota.

    1. What about the corolla AE86, the MK2 MR2 or the Celica ST205.

      I too was dubious about the boxer engine, but for weight distribution and low centre of gravity there must be some reason (other than cost) Toyota have chose it? Keeping the lump positioned as low down as possible and close to the front axle will help keep the handling in check.

    2. Agreed. It need a 6 cyl with at least 280hp. It’s getting close tho, c’mon Toyota you almost have my money….

  10. Hope it’s not another Toyota “all show, no go” sports car. They are notorious for designing cars with cutting edge asthetics and then underpowering them; save the last incarnation of the Supra. I never got the whole TRD product line, it’s always about polishing a tird. Now this coming from a guy with a Tacoma and a Camary in the driveway, so it’s not about hating on Toyota; it’s about the frustration of seeing them sqwander all of their knowhow gained through their racing programs and continue to put out laughable sports cars.

    1. I feel this comment holds a lot of weight. A lot of toyota’s cars are good cars for what they are meant to do, but have nothing that makes them truly stand out. They really lack a certain amount of character that other cars have.
      That said, I think that the reason they are pushing the FT-86 so much is because it might be the start of changing all that.

      1. Top Gear have tested it and said its one of the best cars released in the past twenty years, the old version was a 1.6 and has a cult following the world over 25years after it was built, for good drivers it’s not all about car this is lightweight why ruin it with a heavy v6

  11. How close is this version of the FT-86 to the final production version? It would be just great if this were 100% final.
    Who’s going to be the first to drive it?

    1. Hi Chris,

      The FT-86 II concept give us the clearest indication of the final production design. At this stage we don’t have anymore news about the production model, other than it is due to be launched next year.
      As soon as we have more details we will make them available on the blog. If you would like to sign up for updates about the FT-86 sports concept, click here.


      1. Thanks! As the other Chris said above, this thing really needs to live up to the hype. If it does, it’ll probably be the return of the good old “hachiroku”, a car which has attained great status in the enthusiast community, especially with drifters. Not to mention that, if the release timing is right, I might be making this my first car! 🙂

    2. Couple of items would change for sure.

      1) side markers/reflectors for different markets
      2) larger side mirrors
      3) Rear reflectors. The concept taillights doesn’t have any reflectors, so either it will be added to the light assembly, or mounted on the bumper
      4) depending on market, rear fog light.
      5) Ride height would be a bit higher.

  12. Really need to get this into production asap. Any ideas when we can expect interior shots or specs (apart from closer to the release date)?

    Any news on if it will be at Goodwood this year, or any other UK events?

    1. Hi – we’ll be chasing information on the car, and will release it as soon as we can.

      We’ll also check the Goodwood line-up and let you know if the FT-86 II concept will be present.

      Thanks for your interest – hope you like the latest pics and video.

      1. Thanks for the feedback, it feels so long since seeing the original concept that any news is appreciated.

        Photos are great!

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