Toyota FT-86 G Sports Concept Debuts At Australian International Motor Show

Mike Stevens | Oct 15, 2010

Toyota's FT-86 G Sports Concept has arrived in Australia, unveiled today at the Australian International Motor Show.

Based on the FT-86 concept unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show late last year, this modified, turbo-charged show-piece was developed to help promote Toyota's new G Sports styling kits, exclusive to the Japanese market.

Toyota Australia has also confirmed the production version of the FT-86 is tentatively scheduled for a local debut in 2012 - although this will undoubtedly hinge on the car's international launch.

At the launch of the original FT-86 concept in Tokyo, Toyota President Akio Toyoda said the company needed to reconnect with younger buyers by producing fun-to-drive models.

"It is often said that young people today have drifted away from cars, but I feel it may not be the customers who have drifted from cars but us, the manufacturers," Mr Toyoda said.

"I believe it is the mission of auto makers to provide the fundamental excitement of automobiles to customers, regardless of the era," he said.

Externally, the FT-86 G Sports concept features a wide-body kit to accommodate a wider track, along with a lower, more open front bumper and intake arrangement.

A vented, unpainted carbon-fibre bonnet instantly connects the G Sports concept with its popular AE86 predecessor. Huge 19-inch wheels prop up each corner.

The aggressive, race-look body kit aside, the major addition to this FT-86 is a turbo-charger to the 2.0 litre Subaru-sourced boxer engine.

Unfortunately, Toyota and racing partner Gazoo have not offered any specific technical details for the FT-86 G Sports concept, so performance and engine output remains unknown.

The concept is also set to appear alongside its unmodified sibling in the upcoming Gran Turismo 5 video game.

A short trailer of the FT-86 G Sports concept driving in Gran Turismo 5 shows how the concept will look when it appears in the popular PlayStation 3 title (if, that is, the game ever arrives).

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  • Wagz says,
    5 years ago
    That looks magic!
  • FX says,
    5 years ago
    Awsome! Hopefully its going to be a TRD Aussie Variant.
    Patience people. The game and the Real Car will come.
  • Wheelnut says,
    5 years ago
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    Toyota may have reversed their decision to make the FT-86 a JDM only vehicle..

    However; I think it will arrive in Oz about the same time as the RWD Hyundai Genesis Coupe [if not after].... and the Hyundai will have more power more features and be better value for money

    Then there's rumours that Subaru could make their coupe [ which the FT-86 is derived from] AWD
  • 2jzge says,
    5 years ago
    This car if launched 'll begin a new era in modern racing.
  • Morris says,
    5 years ago
    Just depends how expensive the car is here. If they can keep the cost down it will do well, otherwise it won't sell.
  • Mr. Sanchez says,
    4 years ago
    If I can buy a turbocharged one for 40K on the road then I would buy one tomorrow. There are no cars currently sold in australia that come close to meeting my RWD coupe for under 40K requirements unless I go grey market and secondhand (or a ute). Don't bother bringing an NA boxer one here, either high revving four alla S2000 or Toyota celica 1.8lt yamaha motor or turbo.
  • My Cars Called T-Rex says,
    4 years ago
    Looks good but could it be released as a hybrid?(God forbid)Thats why engine details are hard to come by.
    • Howard
      Howard says,
      4 years ago
      LOL hope it ain't a hybrid, but if it is, I hope the Big T doesn't put their regenerative brakes on it until it has the all clear. Come on Toyota the S15 is getting a tad old hitting puberty. Bring back the original Mountain Drift Car
  • My Cars Called T-Rex says,
    4 years ago
    OK So its not a hybird,but it is a hybred
    Toyota Cross Subaru
  • My Cars Called T-Rex says,
    4 years ago
    Hybrid,not hybird,that would be a female on drugs.
  • Wheelnut
    Wheelnut says,
    4 years ago
    In the USA the Toy-baru is expected to be between $25-30k [USD] Therefore; I wouldn't be surprised thatt by the time it reaches our shores it will most likely almost double that.... even with the Aussie dollar being so strong as it is ATM.
    As Toyota will charge at least a $5k premium for it; [like they usually do with the rest of their cars] because they know that their fans are more than willing to pay it despite it having less power less features etc than its competition
  • Clint says,
    4 years ago
    Tell me why, of all car makers out there, why is Toyota using a Subaru-sourced boxer engine. They can and have built great engines so why use a bloody Rex motor.

    Sorry but look at the 2J motor, almost indestructible with huge power, why not a newer version or just a new motor all together.

    I think its a cop out on Toyota's behalf, corner cutting even.
  • MotorMouth says,
    4 years ago
    I assume they have gone with a boxer engine for the same reason GM stick with push-rod V8s - so that it will fit under the low bonnet of a swoopy sports car. OHC assemblies on an in-line 4 make for a very tall engine, which works fine when you have a blunt nose, like a Cruze, but less well when you are trying to fit it into something lithe and sporty like this. It was probably the design/engineering path of least resistance for the joint development. Does anyone know if the engine is longitudinal or transverse? That would also be a limiting factor. RWD works better with a longitudinal drivetrain, plus you tend to get better weight distribution, which would also favour the more symmetircal boxer engine.

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