New Toyota FT-Se Concept Unveiled, Sends MR2 Vibes With Sexy Styling

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Sports models hold a special spot at the 2023 Japan Mobility Show, where the Toyota FT-Se Concept breathes the same air as the Nissan Hyper Force study.
Mind you, the FT-Se is a weird name, even for a concept car, but that's the only controversial thing when it comes to this creation that we dare call stunning. After all, just look at it!

It has a wedge-shaped design with a pointy nose. There is an intricate front bumper design with three air intake lower parts and a pair of LED DRLs stretching vertically from the top all the way to the bottom. The profile kind of reminds us of what Lotus used to make until recently, and the shoulders are just as muscular as they should be.

Things are just as sexy when it comes to the rear end, which kind of sends Ferrari Testarossa vibes. The LED taillights have a horizontal positioning, and an integrated ducktail spoiler contributes to the sporty character of the show car. The wheels are just as sporty, and we can see the large brakes behind them with red calipers. Finally, the GR logo proudly decorates the hood, rear spoiler, and front fenders.

2023 Toyota FT\-Se Concept
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Toyota went for a very simple interior when it comes to the new FT-Se Concept. The study has a two-layer dashboard panel and a main screen behind the yoke-like steering wheel. And if you're curious about those flashy kneepads, the automaker says they protect the body from the gravitational acceleration while on the go.

Elsewhere, it features bucket seats with integrated headrests that sport the same GR logo, which were wrapped in blue Alcantara. It appears a good portion of the door cards and dashboard panel have black Alcantara wrapped around them. The minimalist air vents, simple center console design, and the occasional carbon fiber-like touch complete the interior design.

Save for the fact that we are looking at a battery-electric vehicle, the company based in the Land of the Rising Sun hasn't said anything about the powertrain of the FT-Se Concept. Judging by the rather small proportions of the show car and the simple yet effective design, it probably doesn't boast a jaw-dropping amount of power.

Now, does that styling look familiar? That's because some of it was apparently inspired by the GR Sport Concept that Toyota showcased almost two years ago. Both of them could be offering a glimpse into a future production model, perhaps the successor to the iconic MR2 that's said to be in development with rear-wheel drive and the same engine powering the GR Yaris and GR Corolla mounted behind the seats.

The rumor mill speaks about the model possibly being limited to Japan, but we hope that's a misunderstanding.

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Editor's note: Press release translated from Japanese using Google Translate.

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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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