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Toyota FT-86 (2012) prototype spy video

Toyota continues to develop its upcoming FT-86 sports car. Our latest spy video catches the compact sports coupe on the way home from testing at the Nurburgring. The test drivers don't have much of an opportunity to open-up the 2.0 litre flat-four engine on the commute home, but it's a good chance to see the FT-86 in action.

Our spies follow the FT-86 all the way home - this camouflaged prototype turns into a suburban driveway and parks in the garage. Note the Supra in the driveway - perhaps providing some dynamic inspiration for Toyota engineers?

Whilst prospective FT-86 owners will be focusing on the end of our video trying to imagine how the rear-drive sports car will look parked in front of their homes, most readers will be more concerned about dynamics at higher speeds.

Our sources indicate that the FT-86 is undergoing final tuning of steering and suspension in the latest round of testing. Despite rumours of a high-performance turbocharged variant, this car is the naturally aspirated standard car, not the bespoilered one we spied last week.

Toyota engineers have the challenge of delivering a car that provides easy oversteer for the drift crowd, and safe dynamics for style-led customers not looking to recreate scenes from Japanese drift cartoon Initial D at every roundabout.

>> Looking forward to the FT-86, or worried that it will tarnish Toyota's reputation for hybrid eco-cars like the Prius? Share your thoughts in the comments section below

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chickenfeed

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chickenfeed says

RE: Toyota FT-86 (2012) prototype spy video

I don't see much I don't like either. And thankfully I'm not too old. Or at least I keep telling myself that.

 

@robinstop - At least they're doing something. I prefer a 'could have been better' sports car to no sports car whatsoever.

25 May 2011 20:56

 

andy p

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andy p says

RE: Toyota FT-86 (2012) prototype spy video

Well there’s nothing here to put me off. The original – if it is the AE86 reincarnate, as opposed to the celica or supra – wasn’t a stylistic super statement either, it was a standard long bonnet liftback. But it did have some nice features like the aggressive front spoiler, and a fantastic gargly engine note, which a flat four engine will go some way to reproducing all by itself.
Best will in the world though I won’t get one, I’m far too old for this kind of thing. Maybe.

25 May 2011 19:23

 

gtostreifen

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gtostreifen says

RE: Toyota FT-86 (2012) prototype spy video

Yup, I fully agree robinstp. I wanted this car so much, but it now looks so nineties! And the Subaru Version will maybe look even more bland.

25 May 2011 19:20

 

robinstp

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robinstp says

RE: Toyota FT-86 (2012) prototype spy video

Its not taking a very exciting shape is it!! Looks like an Infiniti Coupe. Except I think the Infiniti will be better looking than this bland effort. This would be the biggest missed opportunity from Yota to build a seriously exciting affordable (design doesnt cost more - only materials etc) sports car. A true successor to the past greats in the Supra and even Celica - PLEASE Toyota doesnt blow this - you are being watched carefully by millions of potential buyers! Dont screw with them because in so doing you will screw your own company

25 May 2011 17:05

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