Concepts come and go, but when a polished followup surfaces, that’s your first real clue that there could be more to come.
So, then, could reports this week that Toyota is preparing a new evolution of its recent FT-1 concept be the hint we’ve all been hoping for?
According to America’s Motor Trend magazine, Toyota has commissioned a new take on its super showcar, in a new colour and with a tweaked look.
The report adds that a third version of the popular concept will also appear, wearing a wider racing body.
That could be another hint: racing was a major factor in the lead-up to the LFA’s launch, with a Le Mans 24 Hour campaign playing a key role in the supercar’s development.
One nagging question that hangs over the FT-1, however, is positioning in the market.
It won’t replace the LFA as a full-bottle supercar, that much is sure. Expect a Toyota badge, and expect performance and pricing to be more in-line with Nissan’s world-beating GT-R hero.
Toyota has also trademarked the Supra name in the US, potentially hinting once more at the FT-1’s eventual place in the company’s line-up.
For now, though, it could all come down to the response to this next evolution of the FT-1 concept.
Watch for more details to surface in the coming months.
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