The FR-S might not be selling well (Scion sold just 1,000 examples last month, a 29 percent decrease from levels one year ago) but parent company Toyota is planning to launch two new sports cars, one above the FR-S and one below it. The model above the FR-S will be a spiritual successor to the Supra, previewed by last year’s FT-1 concept. Not much is known about the model below the FR-S but the man responsible for its development, Toyota engineer Tetsuya Tada, has previously stated the car will have rear-wheel drive.
Now, Motoring has managed to dig up a few more details from a source in Japan. According to the Australian publication, the design of the new sports car has been inspired by the Toyota Sports 800 of the 1960s. Design traits of the classic model being transferred to the new sports car are said to be the curved front section and round lights. The 86xstyle Cb concept from the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon may just preview the new look.
Power is expected to come from a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 130 horsepower, and while this might not sound like much the car’s curb weight is said to be just 2,160 pounds. The transmissions offered in the car will be the same six-speed manual and automatic units offered in the FR-S.
But the story doesn’t end there. We hear that helping to fine tune the car is none other than former World Rally Championship driver Tommi Mäkinen. The four-time world champion has recently been linked with Toyota. He helped developed an all-wheel-drive GT 86 (the FR-S’s Toyota twin) in which to familiarize Toyota boss Akio Toyoda on the ins and outs of rallying. Recall, Toyota is set to return to WRC in 2017.
Finally, Motoring reports that the new entry-level sports car’s debut will take place around 2018. And considering the FR-S is currently priced from about $25k, the new car may end up priced as low as $20k.