If you are a fan of the Nissan 370Z then you have probably been following the developments of the Toyota FT-86 concept car from Toyota. At the Geneva Motor Show this year Toyota introduced an update to the FT-86 concept—aptly called the FT-86 II. The FT-86 II is supposed to represent a more production friendly version of the concept, which if you are a fan of the original will account for the design changes.

2011 Toyota FT-86 II Concept

2011 Toyota FT-86 II Concept

The changes to the original concept were made to make the car safer; for example, the windshield pillar was redesigned in order to reduce the sensation of tunnel vision. Other changes were of course made, but the most exciting part of this is that the concept is taking shape into a production version that is scheduled to go on sale in 2012. If you are looking for a recap on the changes let’s take a look below.

The coupes profile has been restyled by the designers by eliminating the lower swoop line and then adding a new beltline that starts from the front wheel arch with a new air vent and terminates at the rear window. The rear window itself has also grown in size and Toyota has split the front window. The A-Column blackout finish has been removed as well. Other changes include a more pronounced rear wheel arch and new side rocker panels. From a front fascia perspective there is a new bumper with a large center grille and LED daytime running lights. You might also notice that the edges of the bumper have a more concave appearance. The rear of the car has been restyled as well with standalone, protruding tail lamps and a different rear bumper. From the rear you will also find the diffuser is more noticeable and larger tailpipes.

All in all, the updated concept has an aggressive style that has had some like Carscoop comparing it to the “Fast and Furious” movie franchise and the vehicles style depicted throughout. Something else that is interesting is that the Subaru version of the FT-86 II concept is rumored to be very similar to that of the Toyota. Makes us wonder what the differentiators will be.



[Source: Carscoop, Autocar]