With the Toyota FT-86 due to launch in Tokyo next month, scans of the FT-86 from a brochure have leaked out, complete with Modellista extras.
It’s no real surprise that the first photos of the Toyota FT-86 in production trim have leaked out from a printed brochure ahead of the official reveal at the Tokyo Motor Show next month.
After all, printers have a lead time to get hard copy brochures printed and there’s nothing that leaks quite as much as a printer with a scoop on his desk.
So we get treated to what appear to be the first proper pictures of Toyota’s FT-86 (for the Subaru BRZ just add Subaru badges in your head), and it looks quite bit more aggressive than we’d expected. But that’s because the FT-86 appears to be wearing a custom makeover by the Modellista team at Toyota.
That means we’re seeing the FT-86 as good as it gets with a customised interior, a butch bodykit and some very non standard wheels, which are probably more to Japanese than European tastes.
Take away the Modellista bits from the FT-86 and what’s left is pretty much what we saw at Geneva when the FT-86 II arrived (without any interior) in its second iteration.
The main difference we can spot – ignoring the Modellista mods – is a swathe line running from the back of the front wheel arch and down the side to the rear wheel arch. But it’s the interior that looks most impressive.
Toyota threatened to make the FT-86 an affordable and driver-focused sports car, and the interior looks far more driver-focused than anything coming from Toyota currently.
Sitting front and centre in the dash is a big, white-faced rev counter with a smaller speedo on its left. The cabin appears to be cocooning with proper grippy seats better to enjoy chucking the FT-86 around and there’s plenty of ‘Sporty’ detail on show.
How much of this will transfer to the bog-standard FT-86 is anyone’s guess, but Toyota has obviously pulled out the stops to make the interior of the FT-86 appeal to its target demographic.
Assuming this FT-86 leak is real, it won’t be long before Toyota – and Subaru – reveal the FT-86 and BRZ.