Envisioned with styling cues from the stunning FT-1 concept.
The Toyota 86 made its debut in production guise roughly six years ago, but it won’t be until 2019 or 2020 when a second generation is going to be introduced to the market. That’s the promise made by Toyota Europe boss Karl Schlicht towards the end of last year, without providing any other details. At the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, the next-gen coupe will be previewed by a GR HV Sports concept based on the existing model, but with a heavily redesigned body featuring a targa roof.
Our speculative render (left) distance itself from the Tokyo-bound showcar (center) by taking inspiration from the FT-1 concept (right), which was revealed almost four years ago and repainted later the same year to preview the highly anticipated revival of the Supra. It goes without saying this is merely a design exercise attempting to see into the future of Toyota’s sports car.
A more imposing front end in line with the FT-1 brings bigger air vents similar to those seen on the Supra prototypes from where our hypothetical 86 has also borrowed the double bubble roof. Sharper headlights blend nicely with the aggressive lines of the yellow body, while the short front and rear overhangs together with large alloy wheels enhance the sporty appearance.
Positioned below the resurrected Supra, the new 86 will likely benefit from some type of electrification taking into account the GR HV Sports will use hybrid tech derived from Gazoo Racing’s TS050 race car from where the concept has also inherited some of the design cues.
Toyota has been criticized for not turbocharging the rear-wheel-drive coupe and there is a good chance its replacement will continue to have a naturally aspirated engine, yet still develop more power considering it could be a hybrid. Slapping on a turbo would make it heavier, which consequently would take its toll on handling and other aspects important for a sports car. The hybrid setup alone will add some weight, but the engineers could offset that by making more extensive use of lightweight materials.
Hopefully, we will learn more about the GR HV Sports concept in Tokyo as that could give us an idea of what to expect from the new 86.