Toyota pulled the cover off a second concept version of the FT-1 super sports car in Monterey, Calif., a sign that a production version may not be far behind.
Will it be built? And if so, will it be a new Supra?
Toyota isn't saying, but in the 41 years the company's Calty design center has operated in Southern California, Toyota's top management has asked for a second stamping of a concept car only one other time. That was for the Lexus LF LC.
The only thing different with this new FT-1 concept is the color.
"It can really change your perception of it, the value of it, with just a simple thing like painting it a different color," said Kevin Hunter, president of Calty, where both FT-1s were made.
The new concept's grayish-looking exterior is called "graphite," and the interior colors are redone in a goldish-yellow tone that Toyota designers are calling "saddle."
"We had a limited time to figure out what's the easiest way to accomplish that change without doing too much and ruining the original concept," said Sellene Lee, creative designer at Calty. "So we had to go through quickly what we could do. Luckily, we found this saddle, and we thought, that's the best way, to simply change the color."
While the 2014 Detroit show car was overtly sporty, appealing to the supercar lust of those who saw it, by simply changing the interior from black with red accents to the second car's saddle shades, the car goes from pure sports car to more sporting GT. And it goes from the original FT-1's $60,000 ballpark price tag to, perhaps, something higher.
Said Lee: "Maybe there's a customer who wants more premium-ness out of a supercar, not the rawness of the first car."