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Toyota FT-86 G Sports Concept Revealed at Tokyo Auto Salon - Gran Turismo 5 Trailer [Video]

A new concept from the world's largest automaker has been revealed in person and virtually.  The Toyota FT-86 G Sports Concept was introduced to the public at the Tokyo Auto Salon, and is proudly featured in the new trailer for Gran Turismo 5.

The car's debut also marks the introduction of the "G Sports" badge.  Toyota plans to use the badge in series of cars modified by motorsports firm Gazoo Racing to be released only in Japan.

One upgrade on the car was the addition of a turbocharger to the Subaru-made 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine.  Body modifications include a wider, and smoothed-out front bumper that leads to wider wheel arches.  A new front spoiler can also be seen at the bottom.  The car's hood, now with air vents, is made from carbon fiber.

The car has a new rear spoiler sitting on top of the decklid, which now includes a new strip of lighting.  The rear bumper is more squared off, with a diffuser that brings the dual exhaust pipes to the center.  This concept sits on 19-inch alloy wheels wearing Potenza high-performance tires.  Recaro seats round off the package.

No performance specs were revealed for the Toyota FT-86 G Sports Concept.

TMC to Launch "G's" Sports Conversion Series

-Concept Car Debuts at Tokyo Auto Salon-

Tokyo-TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announces it plans to begin a gradual rollout in Japan in mid-2010 of its newly developed "G Sports"1 (G's) sports conversion car2 series. The series, to be sold through Toyota-brand dealers, is meant to offer to a wider range of people the "automotive seasoning" that TMC has pursued through its GAZOO Racing3 activities.

The G's series is designed for customers who strongly desire to own a unique vehicle, offering them a personalized interior and exterior design along with sports-driving performance. TMC has directly designed this sports conversion series, instead of the conventional approach of outsourcing development to a customization firm.

The base vehicle of the G's series is equipped with internal and external components that include sports suspension, aerodynamic parts and racing-style seats. A special focus has been placed on "driving seasoning" to make handling fun, through fine-tuning carried out by the GAZOO Racing test drivers who drove the Lexus "LF-A" in the 24 Hours Nürburgring race in Germany and developed the "iQ"-based "GAZOO Racing tuned by MN4" (GRMN).

TMC's aim is to bring that "driving seasoning" and the joy of automobiles to a wider range of customers by reducing production costs through partial inline customization5 and other measures.

TMC has been carrying out a diverse range of activities to broaden the joy and dreams that vehicles inspire, along with its ongoing efforts to use hybrid-vehicle and other technologies to address environmental issues.

In addition to the "FT-86 Concept" rear-wheel drive compact sports car and the Lexus "LFA" shown at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, plans call for TMC's sports model lineup to expand through the introduction of conversion models and sports-trim models of mass-produced vehicle series, such as the GRMN and G's series.

TMC intends to help foster a motorsports culture by also actively participating in grassroots motorsports events, Formula Nippon and SUPER GT in Japan, and NASCAR in the United States.

The models listed below (including GRMN and G's concept models) are being displayed at the "Tokyo Auto Salon 2010 with NAPAC6", one of the world's largest customized car shows, which is being held from January 15 to 17 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture.

 

1. The "G's" series name is based on the "G" associated with classic Toyota sports models like the Toyota 2000GT and the Celica GT-Four.
2. A vehicle produced in limited numbers that comes with specialized features in terms of exterior and interior design and driving performance. In Japan, such modified vehicles must be inspected directly by license plate-issuing authorities (whereas conventional vehicles can be registered upon submission of required documentation only).
3. A project of the GAZOO.com website that involves a team of test drivers (led by TMC's master test driver Hiromu Naruse) who participate in races, develop automobiles, and support motorsports activities.
4. A limited-edition car developed in close conjunction with master test driver Hiromu Naruse; the 100 cars that went on sale in August of last year sold out within one week.
5. An in-house production system premised on vehicle customization; it involves specialized parts (such as seats and suspension) being attached on the base-vehicle production line, prior to work performed at customization plants.
6. Nippon Auto Parts Aftermarket Committee.

 

Cars Displayed at Toyota Booth of the Tokyo Auto Salon 2010

G Sports FT-86 G Sports Concept Reference vehicle
Noah G Sports Concept Reference vehicle
Voxy G Sports Concept Reference vehicle
Mark X G Sports Concept Reference vehicle
Prius G Sports Concept Reference vehicle
GAZOO Racing GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept Reference vehicle
GRMN FR Hot hatch Concept Reference vehicle
GRMN iQ + Supercharger Concept Reference vehicle
GAZOO Racing LEXUS LF-A
(2009 24 Hours Nürburgring entry)
Race vehicle
PETRONAS TOM'S SC430
(2008 SUPER GT entry)
Race vehicle
TLC Land Cruiser 200
(Dakar rally entry)
Race vehicle
Lexus IS F Circuit Club Sports Concept Reference vehicle
Modellista Mark X "Vertiga" Production vehicle
Sai Modellista Version (Solar Type) Production vehicle
TRD Corolla Axio "GT" TRD Turbo Production vehicle
TOM'S TOM'S Prius Production vehicle
TMC customizing & accessories PRIUS CUSTOM PLUS CONCEPT Reference vehicle
Toyota Technical College Tokyo TOYOTA SPORTS EV by Toyota Technical
College Tokyo
Reference vehicle
Other Trueno AE86 D version Reference vehicle

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Comments (23)

fernan_wrx
PLEASE!!! i whant mine in white! this car is perfect, hope it comes to the US! and if its all wheel drive, then we would realy be talking about a tuner friendly 400+ HP car! thats a WIN.
Jan 23, 2010 8:44 pm
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radmeister
This car has perhaps the highest Cool:Speed ratio ever. 10 for coolness, 1 for speed...Looks like it could eat the GT-R alive, but cant beat an STI.
Jan 18, 2010 8:05 am
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Skulinex
Great, a modified CONCEPT, how about stop teasing the hell out of us and launch it already darn it!
Jan 17, 2010 12:52 am
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vilivo
HEY LOOK- An LF-A at a discounted price- thanx Toyota...
Jan 16, 2010 12:38 am
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etyc
Anyone else notice that it shows the FT-86 on a 4-wheel dyno in the wind tunnel?
Jan 15, 2010 9:40 pm
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radmeister
Yeah im pretty sure its AWD, since it's done with subaru.
Jan 18, 2010 8:04 am
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Aluraeo
Please PLease produce this.... 2l 8k rev limit turbo boxer in a sexy looking light-weight rwd chassis... This is what we really want.
Jan 15, 2010 9:39 pm
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lucionatic
What kinda name is G-Sports. G-spot?
Jan 15, 2010 8:27 pm
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Mikeado
Nice. But surely an affordable, lightweight, RWD, 2-door Toyota finished in white with a black bonnet is best advertised by Dorikin hurling down a mountain in it? Faintly disappointed at the lack of yellow PIAA fog lights... It's almost painful to watch the video though - not because it's bad, but because Polyphony Digital have delayed Gran Turismo 5 AGAIN!! It was supposed to finally come out in March, and now it isn't anymore :-( It had better not be so they can squeeze in a few more cars - that's what DLC is for!
Jan 15, 2010 7:58 pm
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Renegade
Whoo, sick car, finally Toyota is going back to it's roots, this car asks you to drive it to the limit just by the way it looks. Hope that they won't ruin it by putting a Scion badge on it.
Jan 15, 2010 7:45 pm
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N20_Purge
What a combo.. a great game, GT5, and a great car, the FT-86. The sports version looks like it was built for the game, in a good way.
Jan 15, 2010 7:12 pm
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motoriety27
looks like a mini GT-R, but quite a looker nonetheless!
Jan 15, 2010 7:04 pm
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scratchy996
i'm sure Americans will like it.
Jan 15, 2010 6:42 pm
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kepe
Very nice indeed.. Correct me if I'm wrong, but they haven't even released the "normal" FT-86 and now they've shown a concept based on it? Weird... Anyways, it looks good and I can't wait to see the FT-86 IRL.
Jan 15, 2010 5:39 pm
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Mikeado
I think this "G-Sports" version is supposed to show the sporting potential of this affordable little coupe, which is indeed only a concept, hence the "FT" (FutureToyota). It does look great though.
Jan 15, 2010 7:52 pm
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Kwihk
two thumbs up!
Jan 15, 2010 5:25 pm
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dmanero
The front and rear is to my liking, but the body profile needs some work. Kind of reminds me of a 370Z but with harder lines
Jan 15, 2010 5:23 pm
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Mikeado
+2
Jan 15, 2010 7:59 pm
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chris25
The Wind tunnel pic looks amazing, so where is Takumi Fujiwara so that he can drive this car. Great looking car.
Jan 15, 2010 5:18 pm
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GRAVE
Beautiful! Best looking toyota
Jan 15, 2010 5:01 pm
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nederina
I've always love Subarus and think they're the Japanese Audi or Porsche on technology since they're pretty much good making boxer engines, turbocharging, all-wheel drive and weight distribution. I hope this car will answer my criticism for Toyota and Subaru.
Jan 15, 2010 4:57 pm
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termigni
yes indeed
Jan 15, 2010 4:33 pm
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Imasa
Sex on wheels.
Jan 15, 2010 4:14 pm
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