Toyota’s MX-5 rivalling S-FR concept revealed

Toyota has revealed its latest concept car before it’s officially unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. A vision in yellow, the car has been designed to have youthful appeal and inject some life back into the small sports car market.

Toyota S-FR specs revealed

Powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine with 128bhp and 109lb ft of torque, the S-FR is set to be a bit of a pocket rocket weighing just 980kg. This should result in a 0-60 time of around 8 seconds, closely matching that of the entry level Mazda MX-5.

For comparison, the Mazda also comes with a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as it’s entry level engine, producing a mere 1bhp more than the Toyota. However the Mazda weighs 10kg more despite being slightly more compact, meaning that it’s 0-60 time of 8.3 seconds is likely to be beaten by a small margin. Mooted fuel consumption of around 55mpg in the Toyota is also slightly better than the Mazda.

Measuring just under four metres in length, the S-FR is around the same size as a Ford Fiesta and, indeed, still manages to squeeze four seats into its tiny body. That said, the pair of rear seats are best suited to small children, who may be the only ones able to clamber in there anyway.

Toyota S-FR details

Much like its bigger brother, the Toyota GT86, the S-FR is front engined and rear-wheel drive so promises tidy handling to go with the sporty looks. In fact, the rear wheel drive layout has led to speculation that the S-FR will be developed alongside a small BMW roadster as part of Toyota and BMW’s agreement to work together.

If the S-FR makes it to these shores, it will be entering a revived small sports car sector – the new Mazda MX-5 has been making waves since it’s introduction earlier this year and is set to spawn a Fiat/Abarth-badged sibling at some point in the near future. There’s also been a positive reception to Honda’s S660 kei-car roadster – only available in Japan at the moment, it wouldn’t be impossible for the brand to offer it in the UK to try and inject some excitement into their line-up.

More details of the Toyota S-FR are expected to be released at the Tokyo Motor Show but, while the concept looks pretty close to production, don’t expect to see it on the roads before 2017 at the earliest.

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