Toyota’s MX-5 competitor - the SF-R

Toyota’s MX-5 competitor - the SF-R

Postby poprock » Thu Oct 08, 2015 10:31 am

This looks promising.

Toyota’s SF-R concept, which they say is definitely going into production.

2+2, front-engined, rear wheel drive, manual gearbox, lightweight, and cheap.

The concept colour’s a bit daft, but I can see this looking ace on the road.

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Compact and Simple
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.

Fun to Drive
Benefiting from the unique advantages of a lightweight sports car, the concept offers smooth, responsive and direct handling that gives a real sense of communication between car and driver―one key benefit of the FR (front engine/rear drive) format.

Sporty design
The concept's long nose and wide stance make for an archetypal sports car profile, while the familiar roundness of its frame inspires a feeling of closeness. The simple and modern finish of the interior rounds off a design that stresses approachable simplicity while conveying the vehicle's performance and sporty spirit.

The full-fledged FR layout gives the engine a front midship location. Optimal weight distribution and independent suspension make for outstanding cornering performance.

A six-speed manual transmission offers smooth acceleration, adding to the car's fun, responsive drive.

The Toyota S-FR was conceptualized as the kind of vehicle that attracts its own die-hard fan base, whose members love driving and customizing it.
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Re: Toyota’s MX-5 competitor - the SF-R

Postby Andrew[MG] » Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:24 am

What's the source and I'll ping it over to Toyota and ask what the deal is?
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Re: Toyota’s MX-5 competitor - the SF-R

Postby Ecosse » Thu Oct 08, 2015 1:21 pm

Has a cool mini 2000GT look about it.
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Re: Toyota’s MX-5 competitor - the SF-R

Postby Angelus » Thu Oct 08, 2015 2:39 pm

Oh, I want a shot of one of those...... :o
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Re: Toyota’s MX-5 competitor - the SF-R

Postby poprock » Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:29 pm

Andrew[MG] wrote:What's the source and I'll ping it over to Toyota and ask what the deal is?

Came from Toyota’s press office!

http://newsroom.toyota.co.jp/en/detail/9737083/
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Re: Toyota’s MX-5 competitor - the SF-R

Postby poprock » Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:30 pm

Ecosse wrote:Has a cool mini 2000GT look about it.


That’s exactly what I thought. Not a fan of the colour, but I understand the need to grab attention at Tokyo Auto Show. Think I’d actually consider buying one, and I’ve never said that about a ‘new’ car before.
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Re: Toyota’s MX-5 competitor - the SF-R

Postby KB_S1 » Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:49 pm

Looks interesting.
Could be great on the tiny roads around us that are becoming the last refuge of quiet tarmac fun.
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Re: Toyota’s MX-5 competitor - the SF-R

Postby poprock » Tue Dec 08, 2015 12:16 pm

Some photos have turned up online of a track version of the SF-R. This is for Toyota to launch at an upcoming Tokyo modified car show.

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I like the little details like the racing-style fuel cap.
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