Toyota’s sub-GT86 concept to bow in Tokyo?
Toyota is reportedly preparing to use the Tokyo motor show as a debut venue for a new entry-level sports coupe and the joint-venture platform co-developed with BMW.
Known as the Small FR Concept or 69DZ, the two-door model will keep the GT86’s front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout but in a lighter package with a weight of less than 2,160 lbs — 600 pounds below the Scion FR-S — unnamed sources have told Motoring.
The Japanese automaker is said to have chosen its World Rally Championship team leader and multiple WRC champion Tommi Makinen to help lead the development project. It is said to be powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.5-liter engine with around 129 horsepower.
Interestingly, the rumored engine specs roughly match Mazda‘s 1.5-liter mill that powers the fourth-generation MX-5 Miata for international markets. Mazda’s roadster platform has been mentioned as a potential candidate for Toyota’s next-generation GT86.
The latest report also claims Toyota is finally ready to reveal its spiritual successor to the Supra, built upon the joint-venture platform and powered by a BMW-sourced 3.0-liter turbocharged six and a hybrid system. BMW will also use the platform, and Motoring‘s sources suggest the 3.0 CSL Hommage R Concept is the first preview of a potential design for the production model.
Additional details surrounding Toyota’s variant remain unclear, though the sources opined that it “can hold its ground in the styling department” against the BMW.
If the report proves accurate, Toyota’s new sports cars will both appear at the Tokyo show in October.