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The Toyobaru concept

By CheeJun on 24 Jan 2010

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This may be a rather messy name to remember, but I must say its one of the best looking Toyota's I've ever seen. Christened the FT-86 G Sports Concept, it is Toyota's first collaboration with Subaru. And this is what they've come up with so far.

Its aggressive, bold, sharp and aerodynamic roof-line shouts out stunning coupe while that matte black vented bonnet and huge spoiler at the rear makes the 'Toyobaru' look like a serious track-day car. But what you are looking at is possibly the brand new Celica that Toyota has been planning to bring back from the dead. The side profile looks like it came from a blend between the Nissan 370Z and the GTR with bold and deep indentations to the side of the car. The part where Subaru comes in is under the bonnet where its 2.0litre Boxer engine lies and sources say that there's a turbo in the mix... Though no official figures are out on its power output, the FT-86 G features a six speed manual gearbox which will make classic stick-shift fans happy for sure.

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The best bit about this new car is its GPS system which is definitely a toy to die for in this car. It is a GPS Track Day ready system which is co-developed by the makers of Gran Turismo and automotive technology giant Denso. What this GPS system essentially does is, blast the car round a track a few times till you're happy with your time, remove a memory card from the car and stuff it into your PS3 and either watch a replay of your lap or race against yourself!!! The Japanese can never bore me.. its far too incredible for me to imagine just how cool that is... The best part, Toyota say they will offer this technology to more future models.

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If this is going to be the new Celica. I want one.

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Hi everyone, I’m Chee Jun and cars have always been a passion for me since young and writing about them is one way to express myself in the motoring world.

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Sw20 Jan 24 2010 01:40 PM
NEW CELICA???? U got to be kidding.... Celicas were famous for being 4wd or FF.
The 1600GT or 2000GT were solid cars that were FR. I've only seen but not driven... so there is nothing to comment on it.

This car is a class of it's own. Some people are serious Celica collectors, what you said of this being the new CELICA... would be a slap to their faces. Even so, they say this is an AE-86 replacement, do you think other AE-86 owner will be happy with this car? Read around other AE-86 enthusiast forum. Thing is, we won't know anything till we drive it. I can tell you is, the AE-86 is a FUN UNDER-POWERED car, where as this is much heavier and powerful, if you compare the SPECS.

It would be nice if you did some work then with a write up of toyota sports cars from the past to present and future. Most probably you'll understand every concept of their idea in sports.

My advice to you would be... try driving different sports cars to their limits and you'll understand each car's story and "future" of each vehicle.
Without it, the story has no life... is pretty much dead.


Xspace Jan 24 2010 02:33 PM
This is the AE86 successor, FT86...
CheeJun Jan 24 2010 04:22 PM
Well I'm not a Toyota sports car driver but this is what one of the many websites have said about this particular one.

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