The FT-86 G Sports revealed at yesterday's Tokyo show moves the eagerly anticipated 'Toyobaru' concept even further up the Autoblog most wanted list.
The G Sports is an aggressive, race-inspired evolution of the original FT-86 concept that Subaru and Toyota have been collaborating on. The new car previews a series of performance conversions that will be made available to Japanese customers through Toyota dealerships.
Instead of the naturally-aspirated flat-four 2.0-litre engine found in the first FT-86, the G Sports gets a turbocharged version of Subaru's Boxer mated to a manual six-speed gearbox. There's no word on power yet, but expect a significant boost over the original car.
The lightweight, rear-wheel drive FT-86 is intended to fill the affordable sports-car-sized hole in both manufacturers' line-ups, but the G Sports gets a sharper nose, cleaner profile (huge spoiler aside) and lower ride-height to underline its performance credentials.
The car also comes with a specially-developed GPS system that promises to push track days to a new level of intense preparation and analysis.
Rather than simply recording your performance on the circuit, the GPS allows you to upload the subsequent data to a Playstation 3 so you can attempt to beat your lap time in the forthcoming Gran Turismo 5.
Now all you need to do is imagine yourself in the driver's seat.