Toyota to Reveal FT-1 Concept at SEMA show


Since Akio Toyoda took over the company, the Toyota, Lexus, and Scion brands have created sportier models.  Lexus is emphasizing their “-F” division.  The latest Toyota Camry and Corolla have a sharper look, a nice contrast from their usual, conservative designs.  Scion released the FR-S, which has been their definitive sports car at a specific price point.

Toyota has lacked a halo car in their division for a long time.  When people think of Toyota, the Corolla and Camry come to mind.  Even their premium model, the Avalon, is more of an afterthought.  They are making a concerted effort to change their image, one that is more associated with fun, rather than practicality.

The Toyota FT-1 Concept is a car that breaks all of their traditional rules.

The FT-1 Concept is full of sharp lines and curves, and features an interior designed around the driver.  The aluminum pedals reflect a level of craftsmanship that is on par with other great brands, such as Porsche.  No third pedal was found on the car, which implies that there will be a sequential transmission.  No further details were added about the transmission, but the LF-A used a single clutch with paddle shifts.  The Scion FR-S has an optional automatic transmission, based on the structure of the IS-F automatic.  It is possible that Toyota could add a double-clutch transmission, but no news or statement has been made to justify the case.

The steering wheel if the FT-1 may seem similar to a Ferrari 458.  The start button, in red, is on the upper right hand corner of the wheel.  Additional features include menu control on the left and right sides of the steering wheel, just above the flat-bottom.

The dash display indicates a possibility for a digital tachometer and speedometer as well.

We can’t wait for this Toyota to be released.  It would be great to have Toyota show off a sports car as their new halo car; one that stands for more than just reliability, but high-performance.

Photos and additional details can be found at this link: 2014_SEMA_2015_FT1_Fact_Sheet