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Toyota S-FR concept hints at MX-5 rival?

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Toyota is set to unveil a new rear-wheel-drive concept sports car at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.

Called the Toyota S-FR, the concept is all about fun-to-drive and lightweight. Pitched as a new entry-level model slotting below the Toyota 86, the 2+2 coupe emphasizes responsiveness, and aims to make “a whole new generation fall in love with driving”.

According to Toyota, the concept’s compact body is incredibly light, yet offers a smooth driving style. Not just a sports car, it pairs the simplicity of an entry-level model with an intimacy that brings human and machine closer together.

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The full-fledged FR layout gives the engine a front midship location. With optimal weight distribution and independent suspension, the concept is designed to offer smooth, responsive and direct handling with a real sense of communication between car and driver – one key benefit of the FR (front engine/rear drive) format.

The concept’s engine details are still under wraps but a six-speed manual transmission is certain. The whole car is expected to weigh less than a tonne, suggesting a possible Mazda MX-5 rival.

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