Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Toyota | posted October 09, 2015 10:13
Toyota continues the sports car heritage with the S-FR concept
Toyota appears to be preparing to redefine the entry-level sports car after the company revealed the S-FR concept ahead of the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. Billed by Toyota to continue the sports car heritage of the brand, the concept features a sleek lightweight body and a basic yet sporty interior with a 2+2 layout.
The S-FR seems to have draw inspiration from both the 86 Cb and the '60s Sports 800 coupe with its distinct front end, flared wheel arches, sloping roofline and short rear end. Dimension-wise, the S-FR measures 3,990mm long, 1,695mm wide, 1,320mm tall along with a 2,480mm wheelbase; which puts it alongside the Mazda MX-5 and possibly the rumored "baby NSX" from Honda speculated to be badged as the S1000.
The black interior keeps up with the sporty theme as it only features a back-to-basics layout. It is however spruced up with neon green accents that can be seen on the door panels, seats, floor mats and steering wheel. To complete the modern theme, it features a fully-digital instrument cluster.
There is no apparent entertainment system but it does have USB ports for media players and a steering-wheel mounted touchscreen controls for the audio system, a 12V power socket along with a climate control system.
Toyota did not reveal the powertrain of the S-FR concept, but as its codename says it will be a front-engine rear-drive. Toyota says it will have a 6-speed manual gearbox and a fully independent suspension system.