Sophisticated Sequel - The heart-stopping FT-1 Concept gets a subdued, upscale sibling
Though sharing the original’s muscular exterior, deeply sculpted lines and dramatic track-ready persona, this second iteration will likely appeal to a different breed of automotive enthusiast.
Immediately obvious is the exterior color, trading the first FT-1’s bold red for the second concept vehicle’s sophisticated graphite. Inside, that the original’s black leather seating surfaces with red painted edges have been replaced with an all-natural saddle brown with subtly blended accents inspired by high-end leather bags.
The net effect of these and other design variations are two distinctly different FT-1s: one that pushes all of the performance hot buttons and another that is pure sophistication. Yet both are clearly still sports cars at heart, building on a past that includes the 2000GT, Celica, Supra, MR2 and most recently the Scion FR-S. And both concepts—developed by Calty Design Research in Newport Beach, Calif.—point to the future as the spiritual pace cars for the new direction of Toyota Global Design.
It’s a new era in Toyota design, in more ways than one.