Toyota S-FR Concept - updated Tokyo pics

Full gallery of pictures of Toyota's MX-5-rivalling concept car

Toyota has launched a new sports car concept at the Tokyo motor show. Called the SF-R Concept and seen here in our live gallery from Tokyo, the 2+2 features a front-mid-engine and rear-wheel-drive layout, and could preview a back-to-basics production model to rival the Mazda MX-5.

No details for the car’s powertrain have yet been released, but Toyota has confirmed the concept’s dimensions include a 3990mm length, 1695mm width and 2480mm wheelbase, suggesting it would sit below the slightly larger GT86 in Toyota’s model line-up. 

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!

The car’s exterior and overall shape hark back to the Sports 800 of the 1960s (those headlights and that upright glasshouse are clearly influenced by the classic), supporting Toyota’s remarks that the S-FR would mix the simplicity of an entry-level model with a raw driving experience – something the Sports 800 was famous for.

This philosophy is further cemented with confirmation that the front-midship sports car will feature a six-speed manual gearbox and all-round independent suspension, giving it all the right ingredients to become a true drivers’ car.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

As exciting as it all is, there’s no word as to whether the S-FR will make production – though given the international success of the GT86 and gap in Toyota’s model range for an MX-5 rival (a base GT86 costs £4205 more than an entry-level MX-5), there’s good reason to believe it will do.

Japanese firms appear to be leading the way with driver-centric sports cars at the moment, with the GT86 and MX-5 two poster boys for affordable drivers’ cars. And now with the arrival of the S-FR Concept, Toyota joins Honda in previewing a lightweight sports car for the future – the latter’s bike-influenced Project 2&4 was a firm favourite at the recent Frankfurt motor show.

Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/toyota/201996/ac-schnitzer-reveals-styling-and-power-upgrades-for-toyota-gr-supra

AC Schnitzer reveals styling and power upgrades for Toyota GR Supra

27 Nov 2019
Visit/toyota/201837/next-generation-toyota-mirai-revealed-as-hydrogen-flagship
Toyota

Next generation Toyota Mirai revealed as hydrogen flagship

11 Oct 2019
Visit/toyota/22863/2019-toyota-corolla-hybrid-hatch-review-there-s-a-good-chassis-in-there-somewhere
Toyota

2019 Toyota Corolla hybrid hatch review

10 Jul 2019
Visit/toyota/20522/986bhp-toyota-gr-super-sports-hybrid-hypercar-teased-in-new-video
Toyota

986bhp Toyota GR Super Sports hybrid hypercar teased

17 Jun 2019
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/bentley/202227/ps15m-bentley-bacalar-revealed-in-six-new-designs
Bentley

£1.5m Bentley Bacalar revealed in six new designs

Bentley’s exclusive Mulliner brand is returning to low-volume manufacturing with the striking Bacalar convertible
3 Apr 2020
Visit/porsche/718-boxster/202408/new-porsche-boxster-t-2020-review
Porsche 718 Boxster

New Porsche Boxster T 2020 review

In many ways the best 718 Boxster to drive, but that sadly doesn’t paper over the inadequacies of the flat-four engine
2 Apr 2020
Visit/used-cars/19675/used-car-deals-of-the-week
used cars

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
1 Apr 2020
Visit/hyundai/201819/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-nurburgring
Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Nurburgring

We brought the Hyundai i30 Fastback back to its spiritual home in Germany's Eifel mountains, where there is a racing track you might well have heard o…
7 Oct 2019