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Toyota reveals S-FR concept for Tokyo Motor Show

Snapshot: Could preview a future entry-level and affordable sportscar.

The 2015 Tokyo Motor Show is just around the corner, so naturally local Japanese automakers are starting to show their brand new concepts. Toyota will bring this S-FR which is being envisioned as a small and light sportscar positioned below the GT86. The vehicle has a cute rounded design that appears to take cues from the company’s iconic Sports 800 model from 1965 and also seems to be influenced by the more recent 86 Style Cb which is being sold exclusively in Japan.

According to Toyota, the S-FR has an overall length of 3990mm and is 1695mm wide while height stands at 1320mm. It comes with a 2480mm wheelbase and can host up to four people inside the cabin which has an attractive two-tone black & yellow theme and a simple, uncluttered dashboard layout. You will also notice a digital instrument cluster and only a few physical buttons for the climate control along with a start/stop button, USB ports and a power socket.

We don’t know what powers the concept, but whatever it is Toyota says it offers smooth acceleration and packs a six-speed manual gearbox. It also benefits from a front & rear independent suspension and optimal weight distribution, so it should be a pretty fun car to drive.

Although there’s no word about a production version right now, some say the concept will eventually evolve and should go on sale sometime in 2018 or even sooner than that. Sources close to Toyota are saying it will have a 1.5-liter gasoline engine with 130 bhp all wrapped around in a body weighing just 980 kg. Needless to say, it will be considerably cheaper than the GT86 and will probably act as a direct competitor for the Mazda MX-5, although the production-ready S-FR will likely be sold only as a coupe.

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