The 2,200-pound coupe is expected to make its debut next year.
The S-FR concept that Toyota introduced late last month at the Tokyo Motor Show has been all but confirmed for production, and a new report coming out of Australia gives us a better idea of what we can expect from it when it arrives.
Power will allegedly come from an evolution of the turbocharged 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine that's currently found under the hood of the Corolla in Europe and in Japan. The turbo four will be tuned to make approximately 113 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 136 lb-ft. of torque at 1,500 rpm when burning high-octane fuel.
Those figures aren't impressive on paper, but they should be plenty in a back-to-the-basics, driver-focused coupe that's expected to tip the scale at less than 2,200 pounds. Of course, it's possible that the U.S.-spec model -- which will be branded as a Scion -- will benefit from a bigger engine than its Japanese- and European-spec counterparts.
A six-speed manual transmission will spin the rear wheels, and an automatic unit might be found on the list of options in select markets.
The concept shown in the Japanese capital was essentially ready for production so Toyota is not expected to make major changes to the heritage-laced design. The Spartan cabin will also make the jump from concept to production as-is, though Toyota might choose to offer a touch screen-based infotainment system at an extra cost.
If the report is accurate, the production version of the S-FR concept will bow at a major auto show next year and go on sale shortly after. We hear it will carry a base price of less than $20,000 when it lands in showrooms.
Live images by Ben Hsu.