Back in May 2015, Toyota filed a trademark for the S-FR moniker, giving rise to a number of scenarios as to what might the Japanese make of it. Some said the name will be used for the next-generation Supra, while others argued that it could be some kind of replacement for the Scion FR-S. Another rumor said that Toyota simply wants to prevent other automakers from using a badge similar to the FR-S. As it turns out, Toyota filed the trademark for a new concept car that will be unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show later this year.

Somewhat unexpectedly, the S-FR concept is a compact sports car that Toyota describes as an entry-level model that emphasizes responsiveness, and "aims to make a whole new generation fall in love with driving." Though the brand released very few details about the car, the S-FR is about as long as the final-generation MR2, although its design is somewhat similar to the GT 86, but with more modern styling cues.

Making it that much more interesting is that it uses a front engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, as well as a lightweight construction. Though Toyota didn’t say whether the concept previews a production model, the S-FR would make a great fun-to-drive, affordable sports car. Stay tuned for more details from Tokyo.

Updated 10/12/2015: British magazine AutoCar reports that S-FT concept is powered by a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that delivers a total of 128 horsepower and 109 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and returns up to 55 mpg. These numbers should make it a worthy competitor for cars like Mazda MX-5.

Continue reading to learn more about the Toyota S-FR Concept.

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The S-FR sports a compact and somewhat simple design. The sports car has a relatively long engine hood, short overhangs front and rear, and a sloping roof that leaves little room for a decklid. The proportions, on the other hand, remind me of Japanese Kei cars. The tall glasshouse, the massive grille that’s nearly as big as the nose, and the big taillights are the main culprits here.

But that’s not to say the S-FR is unsightly. Sure, the coupe could have better proportions with a smaller front grille and a lower roofline, but the concept’s configuration exudes a lot of sportiness.

Even the bright-yellow finish seems right for such a model, with excellent contrasts provided by the black roof, the big red taillights, and the red calipers. Not to mention that the S-FR is a much better design exercise than the 2016 Honda S660, which is a bit too boxy to make a statement on the road.

Exterior Dimensions

Length 3,990 MM (157.08 Inches)
Width 1,695 MM (66.73 Inches)
Height 1,320 MM (51.96 Inches)
Wheelbase 2,480 MM (97.63 Inches)


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The interior is simple yet modern. A big digital counter shows all the important data, while the thin center stack comprises a round display and two round button clusters that operate the air conditioning system. The dashboard design is far from fancy, but it’s everything you’d expect in an affordable sports car.

The dashboard design is far from fancy, but it's everything you'd expect in an affordable sports car

The soft-touch door panels feature yellow inserts, as do the sporty seats. Yellow stitching adorns the black steering wheel, which unfortunately doesn’t have the flat bottom it deserves. The parking brake lever is a bit too chunky for the car’s tiny interior. The headliner features white graphics similar to those seen on the door panels, while the seats have "Toyota S-FR" lettering.

The photos suggest the concept will come with Bluetooth connectivity and keyless ignition.

Take a closer look behind the front seat and you’ll notice that the S-FR can seat two more people in the back, but it’s the kind of place that will likely put your knees to your chin.


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There’s no word as to what motivates the S-FR, but given its compact size and "incredible" lightness, it’s safe to assume there’s a small displacement engine under the hood. I expect it to receive a 1.5-liter four-pot with more than 100 horsepower on tap. Toyota already confirmed the S-FR employs a six-speed manual transmission and promises "smooth acceleration, a responsive drive, and sporty spirit."


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What I like most about the S-FR is that it continues the heritage of Toyota’s fun-to-drive, lightweight sports cars. In many ways, it reminds me of the Sport 800 model of the 1960s, but I guess we could also consider it a shrunken GT 86. The good news here is that even though Toyota has yet to confirm a production model based on this concept, the S-FR looks ready to hit the assembly line. With Toyota already planning to offer two more sports cars along side the GT 86 — including a successor for the Supra — I’m quite confident that the S-FR will soon become available in dealerships as a competitor for the Mazda Miata and the upcoming Fiat 124.

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The Toyota S-FR is a concept vehicle that continues the proud heritage of Toyota’s fun-to-drive lightweight sports cars. Pitched as an entry-level model, the new concept emphasizes responsiveness, and aims to make a whole new generation fall in love with driving.

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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.

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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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