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by Tim Beissmann

Toyota has released a sneak peek at the Toyota FT-86 II concept ahead of its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show in March.

The FT-86 II is an evolution of the initial Toyota FT-86 sports coupe concept shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2009, and will provide us with the clearest indication to date of the production vehicle’s styling.

From the teaser image we can see the headlights have been revised slightly, pointing in sharply towards the grille and rounding off at the top corners.

The bumper appears more pronounced, and the lower air intakes are sharper and more masculine.

The bonnet shape has also changed marginally, following the line of the headlights at its lower border.

Toyota says the new concept “embodies the company’s reborn passion for sports car driving”, drawing on more than 50 years of sports car history.

The Geneva unveiling may give us an indication of when the vehicle (reportedly to be called the FR-S) will enter production, with current speculation ranging from late-2011 to sometime in 2013.

The Toyota FT-86 II will be joined on the stands at Geneva by Subaru’s equally anticipated sports coupe concept, currently known as the Subaru Rear-Wheel Drive Sports Car Technology Concept.




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