For the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show next month, Toyota is bringing something special to their stands. Instead of something track-focused or anything designed to devour monsters like the GT-R, this new concept is small and what some will call underpowered. Say hello to Toyota’s new FR machine, the S-FR.
What looks like a shrunk down version of the FR-S/86, the S-FR is described by Toyota as a “fun-to-drive lightweight sports car”, the S-FR is pitched as an entry-level model and is most likely to sit underneath the 86. And a quick look on its spec sheets suggest that Toyota might be lining up this new model to go against the Mazda Miata.
The S-FR is rumoured to be powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 128-horsepower and 1.9 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission with no automatic option available and will be able to do a zerotohundred in 8.3 seconds with a top speed of 207km/h.
The front-engined, rear-wheel drive layout offers “smooth, responsive and direct handling that gives a sense of communication between car and driver”. If the S-FR ever made it into production, it will complete Toyota’s three sports car line up, sitting alongside the current 86 and the planned Supra successor.