Let me quote something I wrote returned in 2014 about the auto that might come to be the precursor to Toyota’s new Supra—the FT-1 concept: “In many ways, this vehicle is a large number. An interesting and attractive mess, yes, but a large number all the identical. Lines don’t go with the flow very well, the info doesn’t truely work, there are conflicting lines and surfaces, and there’s no coherent mechanical plan in the back of the non-strolling idea vehicle seen in Detroit [at the 2014 auto show]. But cross returned to the 50 phrases in the previous and worded the only that counts: appealing.” For all its oddities and awkwardness, the FT-1’s styling exercise appealed to a wide range of observers, along with the maximum important one, Akio Toyoda, the CEO of Toyota who pushed the idea to production 5 years later.
Our own omniscient Georg Kacher told us lengthy in the past, Toyota was operating with BMW on a joint-assignment sports activities automobile. So as opposed to what I described 5 years ago as “a 3-dimensional comic strip,” that is all the FT-1 become, we now have a reasonably priced GT vehicle that’s still a large number stylistically. And nevertheless very attractive. So permit’s take a look at why this primary 5-year-antique layout is so appealing, no matter the conflicts and confusion that honestly still exist in these days’ Supra. It ought to be mentioned that conflicts that did no longer exist within the final A80 model of the Supra series (1993–2002) changed into so glossy and nicely resolved that it was slightly dull. (I also appear to bear in mind it became a bit difficult to transport off provider plenty without economic incentives towards the end of its industrial life.)
While that Supra was very pleasant, it lacked visual character or aggressiveness, which this A90 has in spades. Toyota’s Calty design group in Southern California infused the FT-1 with a whole lot of opposition references. Those—and some extra—remain within the Supra. The brilliantly revolutionary outside mirror mounting scheme and what I called “the splendid and inventive cockpit” has been removed, possibly by the perpetual gift bean counters who insist on economic mediocrity in-vehicle agencies all around the globe.
Despite the cost-saving simplifications imposed with the aid of sensible reality, like suppressing the glass cover for the engine in the back of the long hood, plenty of drama stays. The Supra sports activities details just like the double-bubble roof and a couple of huge-bore, chromed exhaust pipes that supplant the overstyled shops on the idea; the wheels are less difficult and more potent-searching, and a number of the excesses—the humped-up rear spoiler involves mind right here—have luckily been retained. This is not a watered-down idea. Instead, it’s a producible version of a strong, controversial, and lots-liked idea that resonated with a wide range of global observers.