Hiromu Nasure died in automobile accident in Germany last month. The crash occurred while he was test driving a Lexus LF-A equipped with the Nürburgring Package, went around a blind curb, and crashed into a BMW M3.
The loss of Nasure was a large blow to Toyota.
Looking back on his history with the company, it is easy to see why. If it was sporty and a Toyota, Naruse had a hand in its development. His list begins at the First Toyota sports car, the Sports 800, up until the Lexus LF-A. And even after his tragic death, he is still influencing the development of the cars.
Autocar is reporting that in honor of Nasure, that a RWD coupe will be built. The new car will be aimed for the original market of young buyers, thanks to the FT-86 moving into more expensive territory.
There had been rumors that the FT-86 would get a smaller 1.5L engine from Daihatsu, and from the description, this seems to be the car. It will be similar to the GRMN Hot Hatch Concept from the Tokyo Auto Salon. The car is based off of a Toyota Aygo sub-compact, but gains the all-important RWD configuration that enthusiasts crave.
There is no word if the car will be sold in other markets, including the U.S., but who wouldn’t enjoy seeing a spiritual successor to Toyota’s KP61 Starlet?