• Jan 18, 2011
We've been clamoring for a date with the production version of the Toyota FT-86 for longer than we care to remember, but we officially have a new infatuation. Meet the boxer coupe's younger sister – the TES T-Sport Concept. If our Google Translator is to be believed, the car supposedly originated from an inner-company survey that asked what type of cars Toyota engineers would most like to see built. Apparently the overwhelming answer was a fun-to-drive, affordable sports car.

Color us stunned.

From there, the Toyota Engineering Society set about crafting their vision of a low buck machine that could still slather a smile on your face. Power comes courtesy of a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine with around 110 horsepower, and this thing hits the scales at less than 2,000 pounds. That sounds like a winning combination to us. The T-Sport Concept wears some plenty funky styling, but we certainly wouldn't hold that against a would-be Mazda MX-5 competitor. As with most things awesome that hail from auto shows, there's little likelihood that the T-Sport will ever see production. Head over to AutoGuide to get a closer look at the two-seater.

[Sources: Caradisaic, AutoGuide | Image: AutoGuide]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Ummmm.....

      Isn't that just a modified S2000?

      Am I missing something?

      It looks like someone punched it's lower jaw in
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Miata concept is obviously a smart one, but the styling and proportions of that thing are hideous.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Zamafir

        This car is clearly a mule with a hap-hazard body work added to show at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Toyota has been much more public with their test mules recently. In fact, this car is likely related mechanically to the FR Hot hatch concept that they have been showing with Aygo body kits:

        http://gazoo.com/racing/english/grmn/carlist/cardetail_frhh.asp

        I wouldn't read into the design very deeply, since the engineering is always finalized before the final design is made. But the mechanics and specs are probably the direction Toyota is taking.

        lightweight ~2,000lbs, two-seat, and cheap. Sounds good to me. Toyota also showed the same 1.5l engine in the Yaris/Vitz at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon producing 150hp via turbo, hope they build this car and offer the turbo as well.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It kinda looks like someone tried to graft a Honda S2k body on a Miata, unsuccessfully.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Actually, reading more about it. This car is from Toyota's Engineering group and it is a test mule. A designer has NOT touched this vehicle.

        In fact, this mule is using parts from different cars. The doors and rear lights are borrowed from the Copen, the front lights are actually a plastic casing using lighting components from the Toyota Cami and Altezza. The car is designed to run, not look good, at this stage. Don't expect the design to be remotely close to the final production version if they actually make it (which they should).

        You can see more pictures here:
        http://car.nifty.com/special/motorshow/cs/motor-detail/110116302533_1.htm
        • 3 Years Ago
        seriously, why is it so hard for toyota to pen anything remotely decent these days for their bread and butter brand. it's as though they saw an s2000, were scared sh!tless they couldn't come close, and asked a four year old to design their concept
        • 3 Years Ago
        If they can make it to look good (compared to this kit-car mess) Toyota may have a great Miata rival on its hands.

        If it weighs just 2,000 lbs than it weighs less then even the original NA MX5, its a good 400 lbs less weight than the current NC. We're talking Elise-like weights, and hopefully at an affordable price. It'll also make a great tuner car.

        Seriously, Toyota, build it (and pay a good designer).
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a successor to the Sports 800. The styling definitely needs a bit of work, but it would be great to have more cheap options. Especially since the FT already has had price increases as they keep messing with it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the idea but I hope it won't actually look like a miata beaten with the toyota-ugly-stick...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Affordable performance.
      • 3 Years Ago
      @ Duo. It does indeed look like a modernised Toyota Sports 800

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Sports_800
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the GRME/Naruse's project?
      I don't like the direction this is going.

      Mazda is already looking to downsize the Miata so what's the point in another competitor? For Toyota fans?

      Don't like the body style but the drivetrain/chassis is a good idea. We need some cheap, lightweight RWD cars to reinvigorate the sports car market.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a Mazda Miata. Toyota didn't get bought out by a Chinese company when nobody was looking right?

      They have the simplest job in history. Buy a used AE-86 liftback, scan the body into a computer, adjust the exterior surfaces for a retro look, put in a light and potent engine, put in all the crash safety stuff, sell it.

      Sure they'll probably have to cut stuff out until they can get it to 2200lbs with safety equipment, but dammit, it's not exactly rocket science.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its not necessarily a good looking vehicle; but if its small, light, and cheap, they could have a big winner on their hands.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks Lancia-like.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Exactly - Lancia Fulvia HF...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its called TES T? As in Testy? Fun!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Y'all need an eye exam. Ugh.
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