Toyota's Beautiful GR EV Concept May Go Into Production

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Beautiful Toyota GR EV Concept May Be BuiltToyota

Concept cars are tricky things. They're designed to get your hopes up, but that can often lead to crushing disappointment when a promising concept doesn't turn into reality. For the Toyota FT-Se, it doesn't sound like that'll be the case. Speaking to InsideEVs at the Japanese Mobility Show, FT-Se designer Hideaki Iida said Toyota is aiming to get this concept into production in the second half of this decade.

"We're going to release the Lexus [LF-ZC] in 2026 and this one afterward," Iida said. "We can't guarantee the year itself, but as soon as possible. After 2026 is what I can tell you."

Earlier this year at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota chairman Akio Toyoda confirmed to R&T that the automaker's Gazoo Racing division would get its own unique EV model, one with a novel artificial manual transmission. The FT-Se concept wears Gazoo Racing badges prominently on its hood, fenders, and rear decklid.

Iida further told InsideEVs that Toyota would position the production FT-Se as a sort of rival to the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman, which will go all-electric for the forthcoming 983 generation. The FT-Se certainly has the proportions of a mid-engine car, with its cab-forward design, and that's led many to suggest this car previews some electric revival of the MR-2. But, the MR-2 was never a Porsche rival, so the FT-Se points to something more upmarket.

The "FT" moniker, which stands for Future Toyota, has often been used for concepts designed with production intent. The FT-86 turned into the Toyota 86 while the FT-1 became the Supra.

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