Cruising with J9 – Meeting my car crush

2011-10-13 09:13

I had dreamt of the day I would see Toyota’s FT-86 Concept car, the grandchild of the great fifth generation AE86, better known as Hachi-Roku.

And boy was it worth the wait!

Unveiled in a curtain of smoke at the Johannesburg International Motor Show, the FT-86 was everything I had imagined it to be and so much more.

Move over Nissan’s GT-R, or at least, it now has a decent rival.

Seeing this car was like meeting my secret teenage crush for a real date – albeit years later. There were little red hearts in my eyes and even though we had to move on to the next stand, I glanced at it every chance I could.

My cellphone and camera batteries were running low, but I saved just enough power to get a few snaps.

Pimped out with a black bonnet and vents that look like a shark’s gills, its headlights are sharp and narrow with LED strips above the cluster making it look like eyebrows.

If you had to meet a modern-day samurai warrior, this is what it would look like.

The model on show is 20mm wider and 30mm lower than other concept versions which have been built previously.

It sits rather proudly on 19-inch lightweight alloys, wrapped in 245/40 Bridgestone rubbers in the front and 275/35 profiles at the rear.

The FT-86 G Sport Concept is a lightweight, rear-wheel-drive sports car, which is set for South African introduction in next year.

My other favourites competing for second and third place were at the Audi stand. The R8 has always been one of the other cars that pull at my heart strings, but the beefed-up limited edition R8 GT is the cherry on the cake.

Only 333 models are being built globally and nine of those are coming to local shores.

The e-Tron compact, electric sports car is another stunner on a different level of awesome.

If that’s what the future looks like, I say: Bring it on already!

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