Toyota is committed to injecting more adrenaline into their lineup. First it was the 86, then we've been seeing bolder designs from them, and now, we have the Supra. But Toyota, it seems, is far from finished.
Enter the La Coupe concept, and it has us thinking about the MR-2.
Just look at the shape of the concept's body. With its short nose and long tail, it seems as though the engine is at the back. It has a bit of a retro theme going on too. There are no sharp angles and defined character lines on it; it's mostly curves and gentle sweeps throughout the vehicle. It also looks like a study of symmetry, with both front and rear lights having similar looks. Even the strip of lights under the headlights and tail lights look the same.
Oddly enough, there are no technical details about it. Even when digging through Toyota's Japanese website, there is no mention of the La Coupe even at the slightest. So what exactly is the deal here? Is this really likely to be the next MR-2? Or will our hopes be dashed?
Unfortunately, it's the latter. Yes, the La Coupe concept will be exactly that: a concept. That's according to a Toyota spokesperson who told automotive website Carscoops.com. Nancy Hubbell, Toyota's senior manager for product communications (USA), said the the La Coupe is a design study for the automaker's Japanese division. It was simply shown in public to gauge public reaction to the design. So, sorry, there will be no La Coupe making a global debut in a motorshow.
But that's not the end of the story. What's interesting is the fact that Toyota made this design proposal in the first place. So while the La Coupe's design won't be seen in showrooms, it still opens the possibility that Toyota is, indeed, contemplating a mid-engined coupe at the very least. There has been talks of a new Celica or MR2 in the past. In fact, Toyota Gazoo Racing chief Tetsuya Tada said that he is keen on bringing in a third Toyota sports car. But as to what it will be, it will be a long wait for the answer, if ever it comes at all.