Toyota debuts S-FR Concept at Tokyo Motor Show
Toyota will premiere to the world the S-FR Concept during the Tokyo Motor show.  The
S-FR pays heritage to Toyota’s fun-to-drive lightweight sports cars of the past.  The
entry level concept model reaffirms Toyota’s current philosophy that focuses on the
important relationship between car and driver.  

Toyota had lost some of their sporty appeal during the late 90s and 2000’s but with the
current success of the GT86/Scion FR-S and the FT-1 concept they are working to
revive their sports car, fun to drive philosophy.

The S-FR concept is a compact, light and simple machine that focuses on smooth,
responsive and direct handling.  The simplicity, small size and driving characteristics of
the S-FR promises more intimacy and a better connection between human and
machine.  

The concept uses a FR layout with the engine in a front midship location.  The car will
have optimal weight distribution and independent suspension for outstanding cornering
performance.  Toyota did not mention what engine it will have but they do say it will
have a six-speed manual transmission (thank you Toyota) which will attract the die-hard
car enthusiast fan base that loves spirited driving and customizing. Power should be
around 130 horses and weight under 2,300 lbs to compete with the Mazda Miata MX-5.

Design wise the car has very sporty proportions with a long nose and a wide stance. It
has a little retro design style to it but we think it works well here; there is no need for
aggressive styling in a car of this size. The interior looks fun, very sporty and driver
oriented.  The S-FR looks production ready and if Toyota gets good feedback from
customers we might be able to see this Miata MX-5 fighter in 2 or three years.
October 9, 2015
Toyota S-FR entry-level sports car
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