Toyota has recently revealed two stunning new versions of the upcoming Supra successor, the FT-1 sports car concept. The original FT-1 concept was exhibited back in January at the Detroit Auto Show, so its only fitting one of the new versions will be shown at a Monterey event coinciding with this weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The other version will be taking a different route, remaining in virtual form only, at least for now.
Due to Toyota’s association with the 15th anniversary celebration of the Gran Turismo video game series, most auto enthusiasts knew the virtual version (pictured below) of the FT-1 (dubbed the Gran Turismo) was coming. But the second car, which features a graphite exterior, is quite the surprise. Toyota classifies this additional version as an “upscale interpretation” of the FT-1 and the concept hints at what the Supra successor could offer buyers in terms of exquisite luxury and refinement.
The color of the interior changes between the original and new FT-1 concepts, and the visual difference is quite striking. The original featured simple black trim that aimed to keep the driver focused on the road, while red painted edges and raw metals provided all the accents. In the newest versions, the interior is sewn in all natural leather, complemented by an all-natural grain that enthusiasts call “warm and inviting”.
The FT-1 Vision GT is rumored to be a FT-1 on steroids, but we still don’t know what’s powering the concepts other than some form of high tech hybrid drivetrain beneath the formidable sheet metal. Toyota says the development of the race car concept for GT6 helped role-playing executives, including company boss Akio Toyoda, get a better feel for the FT-1 prior to any of the concepts actually being built.
As for any production version of the FT-1, Toyota has only confirmed that it plans to launch a new sports car on a platform being developed with BMW, with the German automaker set to use the platform for its own sports car, believed to be a replacement for the Z4. Toyota has also renewed its trademark for the Supra name in the recent past, and shown off a high-performance hybrid system in concept form. [inpost_gallery thumb_width=”200″ thumb_height=”200″ post_id=”89799″ thumb_margin_left=”0″ thumb_margin_bottom=”0″ thumb_border_radius=”2″ thumb_shadow=”0 1px 4px rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.2)” js_play_delay=”3000″ id=”” random=”0″ group=”0″ border=”” type=”yoxview” show_in_popup=”0″ album_cover=”” album_cover_width=”200″ album_cover_height=”200″ popup_width=”800″ popup_max_height=”600″ popup_title=”Gallery” sc_id=”sc1408042534239″]