Saturday, April 10, 2010

Classic inspires Toyota concept

Toyota has looked to its classic Corolla AE86 for inspiration for its latest sports concept.

The new concept made its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
Toyota said that in its day the AE86 became a must-have model for rallying and circuit racing, with its front-engine, rear-wheel drive powertrain, compact dimensions, light weight, impeccable balance and strong power-to-weight ratio.

The FT-86 Sports Concept previews a new- generation Toyota sports car which was designed to recapture the spirit of the AE86. It shares its front-engine, rear-wheel drive credentials and like the original car the FT-86 is designed to be driver-orientated.

It is equipped with a 2-litre petrol engine with a six-speed manual gearbox. It has compact dimensions, light weight and a low centre gravity.
The concept gets a front-engine, rear-wheel drive format and Toyota says this powertrain delivers lively performance with engaging dynamic abilities.

Measuring 4160mm long overall, the concept has been rendered as compact as possible.
Toyota says the cockpit gets widespread use of sporting, ultra- lightweight components and finishes that support the car's balanced weight distribution and power-to-weight ratio.

The FT-86 is 1,760mm wide and 1,260mm tall, with a 2,570mm wheelbase.
It rides on 19-inch wheels shod with 225/40R19 tyres.

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