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Reports suggest entry-level sports car concept will offer 128bhp and be pitched against rivals such as the Mazda MX-5
Darren Moss
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2 mins read
28 October 2015

The Toyota S-FR sports car concept has been revealed at the Tokyo motor show.

The car's specifications have been leaked on an online forum and suggest the S-FR will be powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 128bhp and 109lb ft of torque. The engine will be coupled to a six-speed manual transmission, with no automatic option available. The car should be capable of returning up to 55mpg, and weighs just 980kg.

By comparison, the entry-level Mazda MX-5 is powered by a 129bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine, allowing it to reach 62mph in 8.3 seconds, with a top speed of 127mph.

The S-FR concept is described as being a 'fun-to-drive lightweight sports car' and is pitched as an entry-level model, which means any production variant would sit underneath the current GT86Its dimensions make the S-FR significantly shorter, narrower and lower than the current GT86, with a smaller wheelbase.

Toyota says the front-engined, rear-wheel-drive coupé offers 'smooth, responsive and direct handling that gives a real sense of communication between car and driver.' The concept has been envisioned with future tuning and customisation in mind and features a pared-back interior with a digital instrument cluster and very few buttons inside.

If the S-FR makes it to production, it will give Toyota a three-strong sports car line-up, sitting alongside the current GT86 and the planned Supra successor - which is currently being co-developed with BMW. The leaked specifications suggest a price of around $12,500 for the S-FR in Japan. It's currently unknown whether the car would come to the UK.

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Mark Rodriguez 13 October 2015

A joke, right?

It always amazes me how, given essentially the same styling parameters, designers for one company can come up with cars like the GT4 Stinger and the Niro concept while for another they come up with this.

This looks so laughably ugly I'm now convinced Toyota (and for that matter all Japanese makes) have different aesthetic criteria from the rest of us. For them black is the new white, small is the new big and dog turd is the new stylish.

Someone please tell them to just give it up and let others design for them.

275not599 12 October 2015

Toyota/Lexus has really lost

Toyota/Lexus has really lost the plot when it comes to front end styling/grille. The headlamps make it look like an angry japanimation character. Otherwise, a nice concept
kraftwerk 12 October 2015

Looks...

...a bit like that Connaught concept from a few years ago.

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