We now that the current FR-S has some obstacles in the market scene nowadays. It is shown by their rank and market’s diagram which decreases almost twenty nine percent rather than previous number last year. These decreasing sales make Toyota as its automaker spinning their head. Finally, they have a future planning by preparing the 2018 new Toyota Sports car FR-S with two models. Some rumors said that the first model will be above the current FR-S. Meanwhile, the second one will be below the base FR-S. There is no further detail about both of them but the sure thing is they will be the successor of the Supra and applying rear-wheel system. This statement was claimed by Tetsuya Tada as the Toyota engineer recently.
Further details of this one of 2018 Toyota sports cars have been announced on the Australian public media instead of Japan’s sources. The body language of future Sports car FR-S will adapt one of Toyota’s flagships in 1960s, Sports 800. We have to say that this is one of aggressive moves from Toyota because they should convert the classic design of a sports car into modern and fresh look these days. The publication also added that this sportier car will have some curves especially on its front fascia. Moreover, the rounder lights completed this announcement. Let us take a look back into the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon ago which showed the 86xstyle of CB concept by Toyota.
Under the Hood
Meanwhile, under the hood of these Toyota Sport Cars will be featured by a 1.5 L four-cylinder engine. If it is converted into some ponies, this engine generates 130 horsepower. Because of this lightweight engine, this car will be rated only at 2,610 pounds. The more lightweight is the more elegances of this car. The best mated for this light engine should be the current six-speed manual or auto gearboxes which installed at the some Toyota sports cars these days including the FR-S lineup. Overall, we have seen a clear future for the next FR-S and it will fix the current problem rank in the market scene now especially on the sport car class.
Last but not least, it will be not Toyota Sports Cars if they are not tuned by World Rally Championship drivers and racers. This time is the turn of TommiMakinen who is ready to help Toyota in developing their new and future FR-S. Recently, he was also tuning up the AWD GT86. Actually, GT86 has similar settings and body design with 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 TommiMäkinen. 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.