For the crowd that still loves their lost Toyota Supra, expectations are high that it will be re-manifested in the form of the FT-1 Concept car, unveiled earlier this year in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). A Phase II version of the Toyota FT-1 Concept was introduced this weekend during the McCall Motorworks Revival Gala that serves as the unofficial kick-off for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Monterey Car Week. If history is any indicator, this could mean that a production version of the FT-1 is in the offing. Will it be called “Supra”, Celica, 2000GT, MR-2, or will the name remain FT-1? Only time and about a zillion screaming Supra fans can determine that question.
Truthfully, the appearnace of the Phase II car varies little from the original, which debuted in January at the NAIAS. Noticeable departures included graphite grey paint and a stunning saddle leather interior, probably aimed at the “wine and cheese crowd.” Toyota has hinted that the production version of the FT-1 would likely be more affordable than comparable cars from other automakers. This move indicates to me that despite the starting price of a tentatively estimated $60,000, luxury and high-performance versions could easily soar upwards to nearly double that figure. Toyota’s luxury arm Lexus is also said to be developing a two-door concept that will likely be identical to the FT-1. It is called the LF-LC and hopefully it will bear the brunt of pricing for the Concours d’Elegance types.
The exterior of the Phase II FT-1 (the name represents Future Toyota-1) is writhe with air dams, diffusers, and adaptive aerodynamic gadgetry to ensure that it holds the road at any speed. LED lighting front and rear finish off the futuristic appearance that puts you in mind of a modern combat fighter jet. The interior (done is supple tan saddle leather) features racing style seats (slotted for full racing harnesses), leather trimmed center console, dash, door panels, and steering wheel with the latest in technological comfort, communication, connectivity, and audio features.