Toyota’s President Wants Three Sports Cars, One Might Slot Below The 86

Toyota is putting the finishing touches on the all-new Supra, but it might not be the only sports car in the pipeline.

In an effort to promote the debut of the Supra prototype, the company held an interview with chief engineer Tetsuya Tada. While we’ve already covered many of the topics that Tada touches on, he hinted the automaker is eyeing yet another sports car.

As Tada explained, Toyota president Akio Toyoda has always said he wants their sports car lineup to consist of “three brothers.” Tada went on to say the 86 is the middle child, while the Supra is the “big brother.” This suggests the other model would be an entry-level sports car to slot beneath the 86.

 

 

As Autoblog notes, Tada has mentioned three sports car before and the company might have hinted at an entry-level model when they unveiled the S-FR concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The concept was designed to “make a whole new generation fall in love with driving” and it attempted to do this by combining lightweight construction with a classic front engine/rear drive layout.

Since the model was a concept, Toyota didn’t release too many details about the car. However, the company confirmed the S-FR was a four-seater with optimal weight distribution and an independent suspension for “outstanding cornering performance.” The concept was also equipped with a six-speed manual transmission that promised to add to the car’s fun and responsive driving experience.

 

 

Later that year, Toyota followed up with the S-FR Racing concept which looked perfect competitor for the Mazda MX-5 Cup. Toyota didn’t say much about the car, but the concept featured a front splitter, carbon fiber reinforced plastic canards and lightweight wheels. The model was also outfitted with aerodynamic side skirts and a massive rear wing.

Toyota hasn’t said much about the concepts since then, so it remains unclear if the company is actively pursuing an entry-level sports car. However, fans would likely welcome the model as the 2018 Toyota 86 starts at $26,455 and there’s been a gap at the lower end ever since the Scion tC was phased out in 2016.

 

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  • javier

    a bmw, a torqueless wonder and this. Wtg toyota

    • Bo Hanan

      Agreed!
      1. The new Supra is really a Celica by BMW. Fine!
      2. Bring on the real Supra, i.e. GTR competitor, and-
      3. Reintroduce the MR2

      That odd thing in the images above is a waste.

      • Dr Professor Weezle Eye

        Yes, an mr2 for sure!!!

    • Jake Ducharme

      people say this like the old 86 was fast. I agree that it needs a more powerful motor as an option but damn

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Just make a proper 86 successor to the original. Make it electric if you must, like Honda and their Urban.

    • Andrew Riles

      So a lightweight, well balanced, RWD coupe with a high revving NA engine and plenty of tuning potential??

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        I ain’t biting. I meant more a hatchback in its looks.

  • Honda NSX-R

    This is old news, and Toyota won’t make the S-FR

  • parsecus

    A decent MX5 competitor would be nice. It’s great that Toyota has realized that exciting models are really necessary to maintain the brands image. To be honest th icing on the cake would be a GR Supersport like hypercar as a flagship.

  • nastinupe

    How about a they just make a 1992 MR2 successor. That trash from the late 90’s never happened.
    How about they make a real Supra successor. That trash that they are showing right now doesn’t need to happen
    How about they make the 86 match the HP and performance of the current Z. That trash right now doesn’t need to be happening.

    • eb110americana

      Stop it! You’re making too much sense!

  • TOYOTA HAS TAKEN NISSAN’S C-PILLAR KICK-UP/FLOATING ROOF TO THE EXTREME.

    • Dr Professor Weezle Eye

      IS THAT WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT THESE NEW TOYOTAS?

  • Javier Bl

    The last thing I´ve read was that it was being redesigned.

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    MR-2 successor confirmed…?

  • NoSnarkHere

    Does this mean Toyota is finally ditching its hideous grilles?

  • That would do it, small sports car segment is quite interesting in Japan, with S660, Kopen and Alto Works. Maybe 660cc version for Japan and 1 litre for the rest of the world.

  • Six_Tymes

    great idea, maybe i can then afford to buy, because the 86 is now too expensive. for me anyway

    • DMax

      Buy used? They’re bulletproof as far as I know, and not worth their new price anyway.

  • fabri99

    What’s it gonna have? -20 bhp?

  • Emoto

    Looks like a cross between a Porsche and a grouper, LOL.

  • MD

    Toyota can win LeMans, but they can’t put out a decent sports car. It’s depressing.

    Just make a version of the 86 that has some power and people will be happy.

  • jon4uu

    This is what you get when a Mini Cooper and a 911 are left in the garage unsupervised…

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