• Oct 20, 2008
Japan's buff books are at it again, peppering a bit of informed speculation with a healthy dose of rendered conjecture to create images of Toyota's front-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports car. While we dig the pic above, which blends a bit of Fisker Karma with the Mitsuoka Orochi, we're giving the design a snowcone's chance in Hades of resembling the production version of the coupe.

The renderings posted below the fold seem a bit more plausible and the dimensions, measuring 4,300mm long (14.1 feet), 1730mm wide (5.7 feet) and with a wheelbase of 2,570mm (8.4 feet), makes it a little smaller than the Scion tC that the FR coupe could replace.

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According to 7Tune, which translated the text from a recent article in BestCar, the design is aimed to change people's perception of Toyota by offering a vehicle with "wonderful style." While aesthetics might be a top priority, if Toyota wants to capture some of the mystique that surround the old AE86, it had better drive as good as it looks.

For better or worse, the coupe will be underpinned by the current Subaru Legacy platform, which makes use of front struts and a multi-link arrangement in the rear. The conversion of the chassis from all-wheel-drive to rear-wheel-drive has caused some headaches around ToMoCo HQ, with one engineer saying the suspension from the Legacy is "weak and terrible." We wonder how much got lost in the translation.

Power is still expected to be provided by a 2.0-liter boxer four cribbed from Subaru, with between 190 and 200 horsepower sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. An automatic gearbox will be offered after the initial launch and don't be surprised if a convertible variant is available further down the road.

Autocar chimed in with its own inside sources, saying that due to new emissions requirements in the EU, turbocharged WRX or STI variants of the Subaru-badged coupe won't be offered. The Toyota version, however, will be sold in the UK (contradicting earlier reports) and that there's a chance that it could wear a Supra badge when it goes on sale for £20,000 in 2011.

[Sources: BestCar via 7Tune, Autocar]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I dont think regular toyota will design the car, Subraru will probably send engineers with the legacy blueprint to the Toyota Racing in Germany where they will see the engine and try to get the most out of it by the F1 racing team.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Terribly, terribly underpowered. At least this rendering isn't a photoshop of the Mugen DC5 Integra...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Lol. Where exactly (other than your ass) are you pulling acceleration numbers out of? A hypothetical hp number, and a completely unknown weight?

        Congrats, you just got the idiotic post of the day...
        • 6 Years Ago
        so go buy a 300hp, 4,000lb Camaro. for something like this, hp/weight is more important than pure hp numbers...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Based on drivetrain losses. Moreover, if it's approximately as fast as a Civic Si, a Camry will still beat both of them!

        Some sports car, as a soccer mom blasts past you merging into the highway. 200 horsepower just isn't competitive anymore in the sports market. Maybe half a decade ago it was, but even the WRX destroys this car.

        Your apologetic defense of this car reeks of fanboyism. It has 200 horsepower... you think that's going to be fast? Then I'd hate to see what you think is slow.
        • 6 Years Ago
        At least I know how acceleration works, that is torque offsets weight, not horsepower. Horsepower is a function of torque, but opposes wind resistence, NOT WEIGHT.

        So you think a 200 horsepower car is going to mop up a 350Z? Really? How much do you think this thing will weigh, 1700 lbs? Yeah, that sounds likely...
        • 6 Years Ago
        are you really that dense? the NA version of this is targeted for under $20k, so you're comparing it to a $32k 350/370? in other news, a $40k EVO will be faster than a v6 Mustang, you heard it here first.

        and the acceleration comment was to the Civic Si. Somehow you are able to predict that a 200hp Si with FWD is going to out-accelerate a 200hp RWD coupe based on... ?

        until we get some semblance of hp/weight/cost, there's no point in discussing on how fast it's going to be, or how it's going to stack up against the competition.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "I'd buy that as long as it was less than or equal to 3,000 lbs."

      In a world where even a GTI is 3100 lbs. I doubt that is realistic. Sad. I guess I'll keep my 240SX (even if it does have a truck motor.)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its only a Rendered Speculation, anyway I rekon it looks pretty nice.

      Just don't call it a Supra.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They should just give the Scion tC RWD and be done with it already.

      They managed to convert one for Formula D, so where's our "civilian" models?
      • 6 Years Ago
      the first design pic is not the same as the ones below. i hate the looks either way.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow... looks like a Hyundai Tiburon to me.... Suitably not impressed. how can this come from the same people who created the MR2 and the Celica?
        • 6 Years Ago
        umm it didnt come from the people who made the mr2 and celica. It came from some random artist. Thats why it said "Rendered Speculation"
        • 6 Years Ago
        You pretty much answered your own question. The last MR2 was nice but the Celica was meh at best (fine driving car, though). Plus, this is a car from the same people that killed everything exciting they ever made. It also comes from the same people that current build their current lineup.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah the inner lights make it look taurus-y, but the front silhouette reminds me of my first gen IS with the bulging fenders, also in the slope of the roofline. But that headlight is really making it sorta G35ish.

      On that note, why can't we just get a downgraded IS, ala 2G version of a IS200/RS200? Bring back the 3S-GE/GTE...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Also that blue car looks like a Ferrari California ate a 6th gen Celica.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No turbos for EU?

      FAIL !
      • 6 Years Ago
      front view looks like ugly ford escort zx2
        • 6 Years Ago
        The entire thing looks like a ZX2, IMO.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd buy that as long as it was less than or equal to 3,000 lbs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The BEAMS 3S-GE (black top) puts down 207bhp in the RS200 and that was a 2.0L Toyota plant.
        • 6 Years Ago
        weight's my biggest concern as well, as less weight = better performance *and* better gas mileage. i'm still scratching my head about a NA 2.0l putting out 200hp, as that's usually into turbo territory (or VTEC, VVTL-i, etc). I'd rather see a turbo 1.6 putting out 200hp, with a turbo 2.0 going into the 270-300ish range. without a doubt, though, the 6sp manual will be a HUGE upgrade over the closely-geared 5sp tC.
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