Jaromir Cech, a senior designer at Toyota's European Design Development Center, has dismissed earlier reports about the FT-86 being redesigned.
According to a recent report, rumors suggesting the Toyota FT-86 Concept would be redesigned are incorrect.
In an interview with AutoCar, Jaromir Cech, a senior designer at Toyota's European Design Development Center, dismissed the earlier reports. While he didn't specifically address the issue, he hinted that Toyota would officially announce plans to build the FT-86 at the Geneva Motor Show. He commented that the front bumper would likely be modified (to meet pedestrian crash protection standards) and the purse-like doorbins could be dropped. According to Cech, "I'm not sure whether the zips (aka zipper) idea for the doorbins will make it into production - it may prove too difficult to mass-produce - but I hope one day we'll see something like it in a production Toyota because it's a simple but also functional solution."
As you may recall, the FT-86 Concept previews the jointly developed Toyota/Subaru sports car. It features a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated Subaru Boxer engine, a six-speed manual transmission, ADVICS brakes, and rear-wheel drive.