To get your head around Toyota’s new sports car concept coming to the Tokyo auto show, imagine a shrunken version of the Scion FR-S/Toyota GT 86. That’s essentially what the Toyota S-FR concept is: a compact, rear-wheel-drive coupe that’s nearly 10 inches shorter than the FR-S.
We don’t know at this point if Toyota has any plans to produce the S-FR, but the idea behind the car is certainly enticing. Meant to be a lightweight, entry-level sports car, the S-FR has classic proportions, with a long hood and short overhangs that make for an athletic stance. The S-FR also comes with a six-speed manual, though we don’t yet know what engine that transmission mates with. The cute, rounded styling reminds us of the Style Cb version of the Toyota GT 86 sold in Japan, while the round taillights in the rear give off an Alfa Romeo 4C vibe.
If this sounds like the recipe for a Mazda MX-5 Miata fighter, you’re absolutely correct. Excluding the fact that the S-FR concept is a hardtop, its dimensions are all within a few inches of Mazda’s iconic roadster. We can only hope that the S-FR concept hints that Toyota might want to expand its sports car lineup beyond the Scion FR-S in the future. Stay tuned for more info about the S-FR as it makes its official debut at the 2015 Tokyo auto show in a few weeks.
Toyota FCV Plus, Toyota Kikai Concepts
If the relatively conventional S-FR doesn’t live up to the Tokyo auto show’s reputation for off-the-wall concept cars, you won’t have to look hard on Toyota’s stand to see concepts that venture a bit more outside the box. Also making their 2015 Tokyo auto show debuts are the hydrogen-powered FCV Plus and the bizarre Kikai concepts.
The Toyota FCV Plus concept is a futuristic-looking pod that sources energy from a hydrogen fuel cell. In-wheel mounted electric motors make for a spacious cabin even though the car has a small exterior footprint. When it’s not being driven, the Toyota FCV Plus can also be used as a sort of generator, producing electricity from an external source of hydrogen when parked at home or elsewhere.
The Toyota Kikai concept is meant to showcase the beauty of mechanicals that are usually hidden beneath a car’s bodywork. As such, the back-to-basics Kikai exposes components like the rear-mounted engine, the suspension, the fuel tank for all to see. The interior uses a host of analog gauges and has an unusual three-seat layout with the driver in the center.
Keep an eye out for more news on these three Toyota concept cars as we get closer to the 2015 Tokyo auto show later this month.