The Toyota S-FR concept was one of the biggest stars of the Tokyo Motor Show. Ironic, given it’s not very big, but that’s actually what got everyone excited. There are hardly any small, rear-wheel-drive coupes in the world at the moment and the people clearly want one.
Toyota said at the time that there are no immediate plans to put the S-FR into production, despite the concept looking 99.5% production ready. The emergence of this racing version, which debuts at the Tokyo Auto Salon tuning show in January, adds further credence to the notion that the S-FR will reach showrooms in the near future.
The tiny two-door has been given a full racing makeover with a big splitter, front dive planes, wide side skirts, massive rear diffuser and even bigger spoiler. The additions add 110mm to the length (up to 4100mm); it’s wider too, the wheelarches stretched 40mm over the racing wheels and tyres. Lots of carbonfibre mean it’s lighter, but Toyota hasn’t said by how much.
There’s no word on what’s under the bonnet, either. Indeed, we don’t know what sort of engine the original concept was powered by. Speculation centered on either a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre, or turbocharged 1.2-litre engine.
Should the S-FR reach production, it is expected to do so within the next 12 or 18 months, fitting into the Toyota range below the GT86. Some sort of racing version will inevitably follow.
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By Only Motors