2017 TOYOTA S-FR CONCEPT – PRODUCTION START IN 2016
Toyota introduced all-new coupe car at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Show, named 2017 Toyota S-FR Concept. Toyota is currently trying to become a more complete manufacturer by released new models on the market aimed specifically at different groups of people. While their Scion FRS is great for the money, it is quite expensive and a lot bigger than the MX-5 which is a better selling model than it.
In order to compete with the smaller Mazda, Toyota decided to release on the market a new car and they first showed it a few months ago in the form of the 2017 Toyota S-FR Concept car. This is a tiny sports car which is based on a new rear wheel drive chassis that should be very fun to drive around town or even on a track.
Toyota stated that the production model would weigh less than 2,200 pounds which would make it quite a bit lighter than the S-FR and nearly as light as the MX-5. This will not only allow them to built a more performance oriented car but it will also give people a cheaper sports car that will be reliable and dependable.
ENGINE & PERFORMANCE
Unlike the FRS which is quite powerful for its class, the 2017 Toyota S-FR concept features a rather small 1.5 liter naturally aspirated inline 4 petrol engine which is good for 130 horsepower and little over 115 lb-ft of torque which is mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox with a shorter throw than usual. This drives the rear wheels through a standard limited differential so it should be heaps of fun on all types of roads.
While the performance levels have not been released just yet, considering the low weight of the car and its transmission, we expect it to get to 60 MPH in around 7 seconds and get to a top speed closer to 120 MPH which is more than enough to have fun. A more powerful version could also be launched in the future which could make use of a BMW supplied 3 cylinder 1.5 liter engine good for up to 180 horsepower.
UNUSUAL DESIGN – INTERIOR & EXTERIOR
In terms of design, the car is clearly inspired by the Toyota 800 which was the precursor for the original Supra. It is slightly longer than the MX-5 but it is 10 inches shorter than the FRS. The car is also narrower than the two as well as taller, so it features a rather unique design with a long hood, a short back and a shape which looks taken out of the 1960s. The front features a large air intake, two big round headlights with small covers on them which make the car look really menacing.
The back has a large black plastic bumper, a single exhaust system and tail lights which are similar to those on the S-FR. As standard it sits on 16 inch light alloy rims but it could receive bigger ones on the higher performance models.
The interior of the 2017 Toyota S-FR concept looks finished and in fact, we do expect it to be carried over to the production model unchanged. Unlike the FRS which has a very busy dashboard, the S-FR has a more minimalistic design with a very clean looking dashboard that features only the required instruments and buttons. The center console is quite narrow and it features three round stacks that control the air conditioning system, the audio unit
The upholstery is made out of a material which resembles Alcantara and the seats, while small, seem to be very comfortable. Take into account though that unlike the FRS, the S-FR only features two seats.
2017 TOYOTA S-FR CONCEPT
The release date for the production model has been set for the second half of 2016 when the car will hit the US market for a price under $18,000 while a European version should follow shortly.