Thursday, October 8, 2015
The Toyota S-FR Concept Is the Perfect Subcompact Sports Car
Mother of God. This. This is what I want. (Well, that and a Suzuki Jimny.) But this—it's a great shape. It's small and likely very flingable. The Toyota S-FR Concept, which is debuting at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, is a vehicle that Toyota says "continues the proud heritage of Toyota's fun-to-drive lightweight sports cars." Think miniature Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ. Yes, it's front engine, rear drive. It stresses simplicity. It's got optimal weight distribution. It's got a fully independent suspension. It's got a six-speed manual. It's awesome.
The car measures 157 inches long—one inch longer than the Toyota Yaris. It's got a 97.6-inch wheelbase, 1.2 inches shorter than a Yaris. It's said to weigh a scant 2,160 lbs. Plus Toyota claims "occupancy" for four people. Rumor has it, the S-FR may be powered by a 1.5-liter mill producing something like 130 hp or so. Regardless, this thing is fantastic. Possible Miata fighter?
Toyota claims that this is the kind of vehicle that attracts its own die-hard fan base, whose members love driving and customizing it. Sounds like Scion back in the mid 2000s, no? Hmm ...
Despite me immediately thinking Toyota should throw it in the Scion lineup, I'd be willing to bet you the SF-R will not make it into North American showrooms because of potential FR-S/BRZ cannibalization. But I do bet that it gets released in Japan if not other places.
I truly hope I am wrong. If this comes to the U.S., mark my words, I will own one. For the love of God, Toyota, bring this to the U.S.!
- Andy Lilienthal