The FT 86 concept emerges as the Toyota GT 86 during Tokyo Motor Show
With an aggressive face reminiscent of a Mako shark, the Toyota GT 86 has the look of a truly driver-focused exhilaration machine, leading the viewer to expect a classic sports car experience. Translate that to mean crisp implementation of even the slightest throttle and steering inputs, resulting in the kind of performance that makes driving an all-consuming pleasure rather than a dull necessity.
The Toyota GT 86 rides on a brand new platform, with a clearly aerodynamic body covering the car’s inner workings. Rather than utilizing a large, heavy powertrain, Toyota has returned to its roots, installing a compact, front-mounted, free-revving gasoline engine powering the rear wheels.
Power is routed to the wheels via a limited slip differential, providing optimal surface grip in all conditions. The brake and stability control systems have been tuned to deliver dynamic stability right up to the limit of the car’s performance, helping to preserve the purity of the driving experience with minimal electronic intervention.
The Toyota GT 86 is designed to work within the constraints of the most compact dimensions possible, with a low center of gravity and superb aerodynamics encased in seductive lines recalling Toyota’s sports car heritage.
The coupe is appointed with sporty details including the exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, twin exhausts and the “86″ piston logo denoting the special powertrain configuration.
Inside the ergonomics and functional practicality of each and every element have been refined to make driving the car as instinctive, intuitive and rewarding as it can possibly be. For example, the 365mm diameter steering wheel is the smallest ever fitted to a Toyota, and trimmed in buckskin, in response to exhaustive input from test drivers on achieving the best steering performance and grip.
The gauges in the instrument cluster flank a large, centered tachometer, benefiting from a tight focus on the displays, markings and typeface resulting in greatly improved visibility and readability. The driver-centric cockpit of the Toyota GT 86 is further enhanced by carbon-effect trim, black roof lining, contrasting red seat stitching, classic sports car rocker switches and lightweight, aluminum pedals.
The breathlessly awaited 2+2 model will go on sale in the UK during June 2012. U.S. dates have yet to be released. For more images of the new Toyota visit the GT 86 Flickr Gallery.