First Look: Toyota FT-86 II Concept

It’s no secret that Toyota is planning on building a sports coupe in conjunction with Subaru; in fact, the automaker has already given us a sneak peek of the car with the FT-86 concept. It seems, however, that the two-door is moving closer to production, as the company plans on showing the FT-86 II concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March.

According to Toyota, “the FT-86 II concept will give the clearest indication yet of the final design for Toyota’s next sports car.” Precisely what that means remains to be seen, but this rendering does suggest the concept receives headlamps and a front fascia resembling those used on the Lexus LFA supercar.

Toyota hasn’t divulged any powertrain details on the new concept, but it’s unlikely they’ll differ significantly from the original show car. If that’s the case, the engine will likely be a Subaru-sourced, 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer-four, similar to that used in the Impreza line. The previous FT-86 mated that engine with a six-speed manual transmission, which then sent power to the rear wheels.

For now, all we can surmise is the FT-86 II concept will be our best look yet at Toyota’s forthcoming production model. Expect more details to emerge closer to the Geneva Motor Show, where, interestingly enough, Subaru plans on unveiling its version of this co-developed coupe at the same venue.

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