Toyota brought the compact S-FR sports coupe concept to the 2015 Tokyo motor show. It features the same front-engine rear-drive setup as the larger Scion FR-S. With the engine mounted behind the front axle, the Toyota S-FR concept has a front-mid-engine design, which combined with a low curb weight, is said to “offer smooth, responsive, and direct handling that gives a real sense of communication between car and driver.”
At 157.1 inches long, the 2+2 Toyota S-FR is closer in overall length to the third-generation Mazda Miata (157.3 inches long) than the Scion FR-S (166.7 inches long). But the Toyota concept rides on a 97.6-inch wheelbase, which is closer to the Scion FR-S’s 101.2-inch wheelbase than to the Miata’s 91.7-inch wheelbase. The concept’s optimal weight distribution and four-wheel independent suspension give it “outstanding cornering performance.” While Toyota didn’t disclose any engine details, the S-FR concept features a six-speed manual transmission.
The S-FR concept is an entry-level model with a simple and modern interior. Its rounded exterior styling, long dash-to-axle ratio, and wide stance give the S-FR concept a sporty look. (motortrend.com)
2016 Toyota S-FR Racing Concept
The racing version of the S-FR Concept, produced by Toyota GAZOO Racing, definitely looks mean. In addition to the aforementioned flared fenders and oversized spoilers, the S-FR racing concept features big hood vents, canards, and a lowered stance.
Toyota hasn’t released performance specs on the S-FR Racing concept (nor the original S-FR concept). An online forum, however, leaked technical specs on the production version of the S-FR, revealing a 1.5-liter inline-four making 128 hp and 109 lb-ft of torque for the Japanese market. As previously reported, the rear-drive S-FR will be smaller and lighter than the FR-S, making it more of a Mazda MX-5 Miata fighter. Rumors also suggest it’ll only be sold with a manual transmission and a low price tag.
(Photos from motortrend.com)