"Giovanni Michelotti was a fascinating designer. And in his years drawing designs for the Triumph four-wheel department, he came up with a huge number of one-offs, test-beds, concepts and prototypes. And despite our being boringly obsessive about rare motors, Michelotti "
See the Toyota FT-86 at Geneva
It’s comfornting to know that there’s a new hot launch on the way that’s not either stratospheric and ridiculous (think Aston 177, or Lexus LFA) or pious and overly eco-righteous (think almost everything else).
Next month’s Geneva salon may contain more of the polarised world of new car launches, but at Least the FT-86 is a dynamic little speedster that will be (sort of) accessible to mere mortals.
The five-seat FT-86 (Hachi Roku according to Jap car fetishists) goes back to the fundamental qualities of the classic sports car with its rear-wheel drive configuration, compact dimensions, low centre of gravity and lightweight construction. Under the bonnet there is a 2.0-litre boxer engine that is strong on both performance as well as efficiency.
The show car’s bodywork is finished in Flash Red, an eye-catching shade that contains a hint of blue. Inside, the cabin design further expresses the car’s classic sporting qualities with many of the structural elements left uncovered.
It’s still only a concept, of course, but it’s continual unveiling gives a hint that we could expect to see the car available, and probably not for too kingly a ransom, before we’re too old to enjoy such a thing.
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