GO
GoAutoLogo
MENU

Make / Model Search

Future models - Toyota - Celica

First look: Toyota winds up Celica’s wick

G wiz: Toyota has stepped up the hormones in its new-age 'Celica' concept, the FT-86.

High-performance version of Toyota’s Celica-reviving FT-86 emerges in Tokyo

19 Jan 2010

TOYOTA has offered another indication it will produce a high-performance version of its FT-86 coupe concept – which is expected morph into production reality as a born-again Celica in 2011 – by unveiling the wild FT-86 G Sports Concept at last week’s Tokyo Auto Salon.

The more highly-strung iteration of the rear-drive FT-86, which made its global premiere at last October’s Tokyo motor show and is based on Subaru Impreza underpinnings, was accompanied at Japan’s answer to North America’s SEMA show by a GranTurismo-badged video showing the G Sports coupe drifting sideways from all angles.

While Toyota provided no details of what lies beneath the G-badged coupe’s more aggressive bodywork, it is safe to assume the FT-86 G Sports is not motivated by the same four-cylinder boxer engine that powered the first FT-86 show car.

Officially, Toyota said the concept was designed to showcase a newly developed range of G Sports (or G’s) conversion components that will be gradually rolled out across its Japanese dealerships from mid-2010.

“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 Racing activities,” said Toyota.

8 center image

“The G’s series is designed for customers who strongly desire to own a unique vehicle, offering them a personalised 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 customisation firm.” Toyota says its G’s menu will comprise both internal and external upgrades including sports suspension, improved aerodynamics and race-style seats, with mechanical components fine-tuned by the same Gazoo racing test drivers that drove the Lexus LF-A in the 2009 Nurburgring 24-hour endurance race.

“In addition to the ‘FT-86 Concept’ rear-wheel drive compact sportscar and the Lexus ‘LFA’ shown at the 2009 Tokyo motor show, plans call for TMC’s sports model line-up to expand through the introduction of conversion models and sports-trim models of mass-produced vehicle series, such as the (iQ-based) GRMN and G’s series,” said Toyota.

The Road to Recovery podcast series


Read more

Click to share

Click below to follow us on
Facebook  Twitter  Instagram

Toyota models

Catch up on all of the latest industry news with this week's edition of GoAutoNews
Click here