Baby Scion FR-S Under Development

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Toyota has reportedly confirmed that it is developing on a new compact sports car that will sit below the FR-S.

Being billed as a little brother to the Toyota GT86 (Scion FR-S), the Japanese automaker has begun developing the concept, the chief engineer for the GT86, Testsuya Yada, has confirmed to Drive.

Yada isn’t overseeing the Baby Scion FR-S project so he was unable to disclose more information but did say that the company hasn’t decided if it will be a two-seater or a 2+2 model. What he did share is that the new model will share the same DNA as the GT86, that is a fun-to-drive, rear-wheel drive sports car with a focus on handling.

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As for size, expect the new model to be a city-sized coupe that will fit in on narrow streets. It’s also too early to say what will power the model, but it is likely that Toyota will find a way to integrate a hybrid system to help boost performance, similar to what’s found on its Le Mans race car.

Toyota is promising a trio of sports car models which will include the new compact sports car, the existing GT86 and the revived Supra. The Supra is expected to be powered by a hybrid powertrain with a 3.5-liter V6 engine.

[Source: Drive]

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  • Eric Cameron

    That’s one of the most stupid things I’ve heard all year. They can’t even get the FR-S right: what customers want. It’s failing and sales are dropping steadily.

  • Mark S

    All the talk of slightly boosted power on the FRS, Subie doing an STI and now this indicate that the GT86 was as successful as they expected in 1st Gen. Suspect when the car was launched, they had good sales and as they met the need, but now sales have dropped and plateau’d. Suppose the question is, does a sub a big enough sub <30k lightweight (<3000lbs) RWD driver focused coupe market exist to support these kinds of projects in the long term. Nissan has gone quiet with the Nismo IDX, maybe they will lower the 370Z weight and position between the GT86 and the base muscle cars (which are gradually morphing into sports cars though still heavy).

  • smartacus

    >>>>>WAITAMINUTE. MY CRAP DETECTOR JUST WENT OFF<<<<<
    they've been hinting and teasing and suggesting a new Supra since the mid-90's
    And now we are to believe a sub-GT86 is in the works?

  • Mark S

    Agreed they do send out lots of mixed messages. That said, so do many other car makers nowadays – need a lot of salt.

  • Mike

    They got it right minus a little horsepower, but sales have tanked because the people that really wanted one have already bought one. It’s a niche car.