The redesigned Toyota FT-86 Concept that made its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show was a result of driver feedback from early development tests.
Akihiro Nagaya, the manager of Toyota’s design division, told Autocar in an interview that the changes had been made after test drivers’ reaction to early prototypes of the car.
“We had feedback from drivers who felt that the angle of the A-pillars created a type of ‘tunnel vision’,” he said. “This could sometimes make the car hard to place on the road, particularly at higher speeds. The theory behind this car remains that of the ‘86’ [the original Corolla AE-86], which was easy and pure to drive, so we had to change it.”
According to Toyota, the Toyota FT-86 II Concept give us the ‘clearest indication yet as to the final design’ of the rear-wheel-drive sports coupe that will debut in 2012. The model is being co-developed with Subaru.
Toyota FT-86 II Concept:
– By: Omar Rana