Australian International Motor Show

Toyota’s FT-86G is the first super car confirmed to make an appearance at the Australian International Motor Show, to be held in Sydney at the beginning of October.

After being shelved in the wake of the global financial crisis, the relaunched show hopes to draw the largest line-up of concept cars in Australian motoring history. Toyota is getting in on the act first by confirming it will show off its funky coupe, which it release for sale in early 2012 as a reborn Corolla AE86.

The FT-86 first appeared at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, and the FT-86G will be a higher-performance version of the car. Designed very much with the approval of the younger generation of car buyers in mind, hopefully restoring some of the excitement in Toyota FT-86Ga marque that even its own boss believes is boring.

Akio Toyoda – speaking at the launch of the car last year – urged the company to start appealing to its younger market: “It is often said that young people today have drifted away from cars, but I feel it may not be the customers who have drifted from cars but us, the manufacturers.”

The updated car will feature a reprofiled front end, oversized twin exhausts, a rear diffuser and carbon-fibre rear wing – on top of a highly tuned turbocharged engine. The car will also have a wider track and longer wheelbase than its predecessor.

We’re certainly looking forward to seeing it on show in October!

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.