2015 Toyota S-FR
This Toyota concept explores the idea of a small, lightweight, and economical sports car from Toyota that would slot below the GT86. The car is rumored to weigh a mere 2160 lbs and be powered by a 1.5 liter inline-4 producing 128 hp and 109 lb-ft of torque. It is also supposed to be $10,000 less than the Mazda Miata, or about $12,500, though frankly this speculation seems really optimistic.
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(from Toyota Press Release) Toyota S-FR
The Toyota S-FR is a concept vehicle that continues the proud heritage of Toyota's fun-to-drive lightweight sports cars. Pitched as an entry-level model, the new concept emphasizes responsiveness, and aims to make a whole new generation fall in love with driving.
Compact and Simple
The concept's compact body is incredibly light, yet offers a smooth driving style. Not just a sports car, it pairs the simplicity of an entry-level model with an intimacy that brings human and machine closer together.
Fun to Drive
Benefiting from the unique advantages of a lightweight sports car, the concept offers smooth, responsive and direct handling that gives a real sense of communication between car and driver―one key benefit of the FR (front engine/rear drive) format.
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. 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.
- The full-fledged FR layout gives the engine a front midship location. Optimal weight distribution and independent suspension make for outstanding cornering performance.
- A six-speed manual transmission offers smooth acceleration, adding to the car's fun, responsive drive.
- The Toyota S-FR was conceptualized as the kind of vehicle that attracts its own die-hard fan base, whose members love driving and customizing it.