News earlier this year that Toyota had registered the trademark ‘S-FR’ immediately kicked off speculation that the carmaker had picked a new name for its anticipated Supra successor. Today, that theory comes undone.
Revealed here is the S-FR, a new compact sports coupe concept that will debut at this month’s Tokyo motor show.
The concept’s name represents a simple and, for many, hugely desirable design arrangement: a small build, with a front-engined rear-drive format.
Toyota describes the decidedly retro-looking coupe as a concept that “continues the proud heritage of Toyota’s fun-to-drive lightweight sports cars”.
“The concept's long nose and wide stance make for an archetypal sports car profile, while the familiar roundness of its frame inspires a feeling of closeness,” Toyota says.
“The simple and modern finish of the interior rounds off a design that stresses approachable simplicity while conveying the vehicle's performance and sporty spirit.”
Full details for the compact coupe are still to be revealed, although Toyota has confirmed some key points: dimensions.
In concept form, the S-FR measures 3990mm long, 1320mm tall and 1695mm wide, riding on a 2480mm wheelbase.
By comparison, Toyota’s current entry-level - and in fact only - sports car, the 86, comes in at 4234mm long, 1285mm tall and 1775mm wide, with a 2570mm wheelbase.
With the 86 weighing in at around 1250kg, we can likely expect the S-FR to tip the scales at about 1000kg, if not a hair lighter.
Toyota claims the S-FR will seat four, but, as any 86 owner knows, the rear seats will likely be better described as a glorified parcel shelf.
A six-speed manual transmission is also specified for the concept, but that all-important detail - powertrain - won’t be revealed until Tokyo, if at all.
As for its platform, it is possible that the S-FR is built on the Toyota New Global Architecture design, which supports both front- and rear-wheel drive configurations.
Will we see the S-FR in showrooms? Toyota says the little concept is “pitched as an entry-level model”, and the company is understood to have its sights set on production.
If a launch is locked in, expect the S-FR to hit Japan no sooner than 2017.
As for a wider launch into western markets, time will tell...
“The S-FR was conceptualized as the kind of vehicle that attracts its own die-hard fan base, whose members love driving and customizing it,” Toyota says.
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