Toyota FT-86 body color gets inspiration from a Japanese monkey’s backside

Toyota FT-86 Concept

Earlier this week, Toyota showed us the first pictures of its new FT-86 Concept, which will make its world debut at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show later this month. When introducing a new sports cars, especially a spiritual successor to the Toyota AE86, a popular sports car of the 1980s, there is no question what color it should be displayed in.

Japanse Monkey“Sports cars have to be red, but we wanted a new red,” said Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer. “So we came up with shoujyouhi red, the traditional red color of a Japanese monkey”s backside.”

We’re just left wondering what the color would be called when the FT-86 makes it into production? Have any suggestions? Let us know in the comments section. We’re going to start off with “Japanese monkey backside red.”

Click here to read our original post on the Toyota FT-86 Concept and make the jump to see the high-res image gallery.

Refresher: Inspired by the sporty 1980s Corolla AE86, the production version of the FT-86 will carry a 2.0L boxer Subaru engine sending power to the rear-wheels. Production is reported to start in 2011 with prices starting above $20,000.

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– By: Omar Rana

Source: NYTimes
Monkey Image Source: Flickr

Thanks for the tip Seth!