The Toyota S-FR Concept, which is set for a debut at the Tokyo motor, calls to mind a little flyspeck of a car from 1964: the Datsun Baby. Scaled down in every dimension, the Baby was a sharp little sports coupe that was made for children — yes, children. The carmaker built 100 of them for a closed course at the Kodomo no Kuni (Children’s Land) theme park near Tokyo. Toyota's S-FR isn't designed for children, but it's hard to imagine a 10-year-old who wouldn't happily trade his little brother for one. Says Toyota, it's a car designed "to make a whole new generation fall in love with driving." Exactly.
There is little question that the S-FR Concept is a concept in name only; the level of finish and the cockpit's sensible material choices suggest that production plans are well underway. A series S-FR would arrive as little brother to the GT86/Scion FR-S, using the long-nose/short-deck profile, with the engine up front, the drive wheels in the rear and a six-speed manual transmission in between. As for exactly what will hum beneath that long hood, the latest rumours suggest that the 1.5-litre in-line four-cylinder engine from the Japanese-market Corolla will get the nod. That engine produces 128 horsepower and 109 pound-feet of torque, plenty for a car that is expected to tip the scales at just over 2,000lbs.
Check back for more details when the Tokyo motor show kicks off later this month.
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