Toyota is hoping to bank on their recent success with their incredibly popular 86 coupe by teasing us with a new concept car at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.
The Toyota S-FR is new coupe concept that has been designed with lightweight and nimble handling in mind. Better yet, as the name might suggest it follows the classic FR sports car design of being front-engine and rear-wheel-drive for better balance.
The body is interestingly proportioned, with a long nose and an almost bubble like cabin set further back. The overall size of the car is also incredibly small, at just 3.98m (13ft) long, 1.69m (5.5ft) wide and 1.32m (4.3ft) tall. To give you an idea of just how small this car is, check out the wheels in the photos. How big would you guess they are? 17-inch perhaps? Not quite. They’re just 15-inches in size, nicely proportioned but very small when compared to many modern cars.
Toyota’s press release notes that the car’s layout, size and light weight makes for nimble handling. As a concept, however, Toyota does not specify an engine or transmission for the S-FR.
The dashboard has a unique design, with a smartphone holder in the center and a single digital gauge display for the driver. Despite the sports car look, Toyota notes that the S-FR is designed to be practical. To that end, it has four seats, although getting into the rear looks difficult.
The S-FR looks like it would make for a very fun sports car similar to the Mazda MX-5 or Toyota’s 86. But its dimensions suggest it would not be capable of holding all the air bags and safety engineering necessary for the US market.
We’ll have to hang out and see if the S-FR makes it into production, but we believe a lot of people are excited about the prospect of such a vehicle being introduced into the Toyota line-up. And out of all the concepts seen at the Tokyo Motor Show this year, perhaps this one has the best chance of making it onto our roads…