With just ten days to go until the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show opens its doors to go an excited and enthralled public, Japan’s domestic car brands are beginning to tease some of the new models and concept cars that they will be revealing at this well-attended bi-annual jamboree.
Toyota has previewed two concepts that it will officially unveil at the Tokyo exhibition on October 30th, the S-FR – a small sporting coupe that ultimately seems set for production – plus the wild FCV Plus, which looks far too zany to ever make it onto your drive.
The bright yellow S-FR is an entry-level four-seater coupe, positioned below the existing GT86, with a front-mid-mounted engine developing 128bhp, and driving the rear wheels through a manual-only six-speed gearbox. The funky tin-top S-FR coupe is likely to do battle with the new Mazda MX-5, and its sister Fiat 124 Spider, due for introduction next year, with Toyota planning to make the model highly customisable, in the style of the Mini or Fiat 500.
Although Toyota has some past experience competing in the small sports coupe sector, the interesting technical specification of the S-FR promises the potential for far more driver involvement than previous attempts, such as the long-forgotten Paseo and the unusual Sera gull-winged coupe.
Far less likely to appear for sale in your local Toyota showroom is the FCV Plus concept. Purely a prototype, the drive train of the zero-emission hydrogen FCV Plus borrows from Toyota’s learning from its soon-to-launched Mirai saloon, utilising four in-wheel motors, with the hydrogen tank stored between the rear wheels.