If I were in Japan right now for the 41st Tokyo Motor Show, I\u2019d probably be fawning over the FT-86, the spiritual successor to the iconic AE86 sports coup\u00e9.\r\n[gallery]\r\nSure, the Lexus LF-A is supercar hot and it definitely heralds a new era of sporty performance for the Toyota group. But like the Bugatti Veyron, the Italian exotics, and the German track stars, you admire them at first and behold their blazingly fast performance figures.\r\n\r\nBut after a while you drift towards the more realistic cars on display: the Imprezas, Type Rs, and Japanese roadsters. Because these cars are the ones designed for everyday driving (although supercars are supposedly becoming easier to drive), yet still give you enough spunk to thrash them at the stoplight.\r\n\r\nTo understand all the excitement about the FT-86 (there are already forums and clubs on the internet for this unreleased car), you have to understand that it taps into what made the Subarus and Mazda MX-5s so successful, they\u2019re aspirational cars that you can actually aspire to. Yes, you can aspire for a Ferrari 458 Italia (and you have every right to), but we know the reality.\r\n\r\nWith a price expected to land in the $20,000 (P944,000 before taxes) region, the FT-86 checks all the right boxes necessary to create excitement: 2.0-liter boxer four cylinder engine, rear wheel drive (!), and a wicked design co-developed with Subaru (it\u2019s good to see Toyota finally making use of their stake in Subaru).\r\n\r\nAnd of course there\u2019s the car\u2019s heritage. In Toyota the number 86 is as iconic as 300 in Mercedes, and 2002 in BMW. AE86 was the chassis designation of the Toyota Sprinter Trueno, the car whose legend grew in rally and circuit racing, and was immortalized in the Initial D anim\u00e9 and manga.\r\n\r\nThe FT-86 is also a symbol of a new Toyota under the leadership of their president, Akio Toyoda (grandson of the founder), who is a fan of motorsport. The FT-86 and LF-A form the oasis in Toyota\u2019s drought of fun, sporty cars that began when the MR-S, and Supra models were cancelled. The FT-86 is a concept for now, but so was the LF-A back in 2005. Let\u2019s hope the finished version doesn\u2019t look far from the concept, and that Toyota doesn\u2019t make us wait too long.\r\n\r\nNow, who wants to bet on a black and white Panda two-tone color being released in the future?