Toyota's FT-1 Sports Coupe Concept Revealed, Do You Want it to be the Next Supra? [82 Photos]

Toyota managed to keep the FT-1 a secret until its world premiere today at the Detroit auto show. The brand’s Calty Design Research in California devised the front-engine, rear-wheel drive study, originally for the PlayStation Gran Turismo game, with the name standing for “Future Toyota,” and the number “1” for ultimate – always according to the automaker.

There’s no question that everyone’s mind goes to the long-rumored Supra replacement, and while Toyota did mention that the study builds upon “a rich sports coupe heritage dating back to the 2000GT, Celica, Supra, MR2 and most recently Scion FR-S”, it did point out that it’s only a design exercise.

“Our team was heavily influenced by Toyota’s sports car past, especially Celica and Supra, and we sought to capture some of that history,” said Alex Shen, Calty’s Studio Chief Designer. “It is an aggressive, track-focused sports car concept with a presence that has been amplified for shock and awe”

Nonetheless, design elements from the FT-1 concept will find their way into future Toyota products, and possibly even the next Supra, if it comes to materialize.

Toyota said that the study is a rolling concept with no real powertrain, adding that it envisioned the sports coupe to be powered by “a high-technology, high performance internal combustion engine”.

If you like what you see, you will be able to drive the FT-1 in Gran Turismo 6’s virtual environment as the car will be offered to players for free via DLC (downloadable content) as part of the Vision series.

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  • sabman

    wtf is this mess!

    • Six_Tymes

      well said, a total mess, rear lights look like a vettes but someone was drunk and photo shopped them to be weird and huge, the front looks like a mix between two Ferraris with added weirdness, the side view looks good, but then again that just looks like an LFA, Toyota, a HINT, why not just hire person who designed the last Supra back.

      • disqus_pqqNr3XAp4

        “HIGHER the guy”? You’re an idiot. Learn how to spell, you fucking idiot.

        • Six_Tymes

          troll DB

      • Rick Alexander

        I can understand if someone doesn’t like a design, but to call this design a total mess is rediculous. Whenever a designer strays from the norm, they say the design is a mess. If they stay too close to the previous design, they’re accused of playing it safe. If they harken back to an earlier design then it’s too retro. Gimme a break. I love the fact that this doesn’t look like any other sports car on the road at this time. While some of the design features are obviously for show (this is a showcar afterall) the overall aesthetic is very appealing and definitely a step in the right direction (IMO). If they do build this (and I ‘m ready to sign if they do), I hope they keep the reverse style side mirrors. I think calling it a Supra would be a mistake. The Supra was a fine car and it had its day. As for bringing back the guy who designed the Supra, why would I want a car that looks like a jelly bean at a time when design is so technically advanced?

        • Six_Tymes

          OK Rick, point taken

    • Rick Alexander

      You call yourself sabman, and have the nerve to call this a mess!?
      ROFLMAO!!!

  • marcin

    Simply amazing, best concept for GT6 yet.

    • That Ross Chap

      Lets hope it makes production with as little change as possible

    • MarketAndChurch

      Agreed. This and the Peugeot Onyx, and perhaps to a lesser extant, the Lamborghini Veneno(only because it looks the part of the ultimate toy) have to be the most beautiful innovative sportscar concept designs to come out of any car maker.

      Between the three, I would probably rather have this car. As cool as the Veneno looks, and as creative as the Onyx looks, I think time and history will be kinder to this car, then the other 2.

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    It does have a lot of lines from the FT-HS, specially from the c pillars and the rear half with rear lights directly taken from the scion ft concept

    Also the top is taken from the FT-HS and some lines of the hood,,
    So we can safely say, it is another version on FT-HS
    And also can safely say whatever the supra successor that they want to start it’s production in fall 2014 , it will surely be a lot like this

  • Gustavo Adriano

    Toyota, now you are impressing me!

  • Guest

    I wanna that car

  • Autoenthusiast

    This is by far the best car design ive seen in a long time. This is also the best looking toyota ive seen in the recent times. My money is on it if they ever produce it.

  • mb4design

    1. Pick a design theme (not “chaos”). 2. If using active control surfaces they should be unobtrusive to the static form. Glad someone likes the Alfa 4C, but please don’t do a 2nd rate copy.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Tone ‘er down a little for production and start spinning ‘er out.

  • Major Lee Gassole

    That guy should’ve sold his testicle for THIS and not a Nissan! What an absolutely stunning car! I’d buy one in a heartbeat, but it’ll probably end up being outrageously overpriced like it’s LFA cousin.

  • Gustavo Adriano

    Remembers me a little the TVR’s

    • Eurotrash

      Yep, looks a lot like a Sagaris with the nose cone of the Mclaren Merc.

  • Toronado_II

    I need time to get it…

  • NG212

    Hope it’s a proper GTR competitor. This thing is stunning and I’m glad Detroit got the debut. Some of the lines remind me of Lexus sport concepts. It’d be interesting if this is the car Toyota is co-developing with BMW.

  • Rick Alexander

    Yet another new sports car design that has me grinning like a cheshire cat! Build the damn thing already!!!

  • Rambone

    Great design! But please, discard those ¨386 fan coolers¨ in front… and reconsider a serious steering wheel!

  • shiv

    I want to see this in White or Black before I can decide on the style and design

  • Shobin Drogan

    ugh why bother it would nothing like it on the production car, fine example – GT86 vs FT86.

    • MarketAndChurch

      I get carried away with my fantasies sometimes, but this is a truly humbling fact that is inescapable: They will ruin whatever production version comes of this lol. You are spot on.

      Personally, I would rather they charge 150,000 and bring this to market, exactly as it is, then try to go cheap for mass sales, only to dumb down it’s looks in the process. Make it an Audi A8 competitor. Or at least no cheaper then a 115,000 Nissan GT-R, only if they can bring it to market as is(in the looks department).

  • tkindred

    Too much going on. I liked it at first but the more I look at it the more I don’t.

  • Tony

    Brilliant Design Toyota.
    Now just Produce it!

  • wyzliman

    Wow!

  • Six_Tymes

    a hot mess.

  • QCTech69

    This concept makes the Corvette look blasé!

    • QCTech69

      I like the rear end reminiscent of the RX-7!

  • Espnrefugee0218

    2jz…epic

  • Espnrefugee0218

    2jz pls

  • Steven Anthony

    I feel like my 2004 Camry is slightly more respectable to drive. What a design by Toyota. Porsche 911 Turbo S may be out of reach but I suspect I might be able to afford this car one day (if it ever comes into production).

  • Looki

    What engine is in it?

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