The FTO (Fresh Touring Origination) was produced between 1994 and 2000. Planned to be sold only in Japan, high demand globally saw it become available in the UK.
All FTO’s were two door coupes, front wheel drive and an inline-four or transversely mounted V6 as engine choices mated to a 5-speed manual or INVECS-II semi-auto box. Pre-facelift auto models came with four-speeders whilst most facelift [1997-2000] autos had five-speeds.
In 1996 a GP model was introduced with a late update in the pre-facelift era, Soon after this update, in 1997 the face-lifted GP was overhauled as what can be regarded as the ultimate FTO, the Version R!
Freshly imported, we sourced this lovely late ‘Scotia White’ example for a UK customer using our Personal Import Service. It’s signature external feature is it’s large Version R branded rear spoiler. If you think this gives this car a bold look the interior is even bolder with its colour-coded ‘FTO’ monogrammed front seats in Blue. Two other colour variants were available from the factory. Black seats with ‘Passion Red’ body colour or red seats with ‘Pyrenées Black’ body colour.
Being one of the later models this light weight FTO was branded as an Aero GP Version R. As well as the Version R branded spoiler there is a Version R decal on the nearside of the front lip and Aero GP decal on the offside rear of the boot lid.
Mechanically this car gets the best combination for an FTO, a five speed manual gearbox and the 2000cc DOHC MIVEC 24 valve V6 engine putting out 200bhp. This engine gives the car it’s character with it’s fantastically raspy sound note. Unlike other FTO models it came with uprated suspension, 20mm front anti roll bar instead of 17mm and a 20mm rear anti roll bar rather than 18mm. A limited slip differential was also included to help translate the V6’s power through the front wheels onto the road.
In 2000 the FTO was discontinued due to new safety regulations in Japan deeming it not cost effective to be updated. As this specific car approaches 20 years old, all the more special and rarer it becomes. The period FTO, Version R and Aero GP graphics around the car really uplift the white bodywork well and represents the capsule of time this JDM car comes from.