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gymratter
10-11-2015, 09:10 AM
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Would rival the new Mazda MX-5

The recently announced Toyota S-FR concept has been the subject of a digital transformation from a coupe to a roadster courtesy of X-Tomi Design.

Toyota will show the S-FR at the end of the month in Tokyo and the official word is we are dealing with a coupe concept, but a report which emerged earlier this week said a production version will indeed be launched in 2016. Seen here is a speculative render of a roadster that would make it a direct adversary to Mazda's latest and greatest MX-5 Miata by using just about the same recipe: small body, lightweight construction, cute looks and a punchy engine.

We don't see a reason why there shouldn't be a roadster version and chances are Toyota has engineered this small sports car with an open top configuratoin as well. Hopefully we will find out more at the Tokyo Motor Show where the S-FR coupe will be showcased and it is believed the production car will stay close to the concept and is expected to use a 130 PS & 148 Nm 1.5-liter engine coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox wrapped around in a package weighing 980 kg (2,160 lbs). This hypothetical roadster will be a tad heavier, but this shouldn't have a major impact on the car's performances.

Itís not known at this point whether the S-FR will be a JDM model only or Toyota has plans to launch an international version as well.

http://www.worldcarfans.com/115101199973/toyota-s-fr-roadster-rendered-but-will-it-happen

Neme303
10-11-2015, 12:45 PM
why not?

shark_bait88
10-11-2015, 04:44 PM
How come there's no option for just a straight "no."? Lol

Tcoat
10-11-2015, 06:47 PM
I could see a possible hard top but a convertible hard top would not likely be feasible. The body style would be way to narrow in the rear and the cost would push the car above the expected price points.
I would think a soft top would be right on the mark for the targeted market for these though.

MisterSheep
10-14-2015, 07:56 AM
I could see a possible hard top but a convertible hard top would not likely be feasible. The body style would be way to narrow in the rear and the cost would push the car above the expected price points.
I would think a soft top would be right on the mark for the targeted market for these though.

It'll really complete the look with the convertible and more resemble the miata.. Toyota has a small coupe, the fr-s. Why not make the s-fr the roadster? It definately looks better than the coupe mock ups that are everywhere.

whoster
10-14-2015, 07:59 AM
the coupe mockups aren't just mockups, that's what exists since it's been built for Tokyo.

engineering a convertible isn't as simple as chopping the roof of a coupe, as it requires strengthening the chassis to account for flex once the roof is gone--which is why performance oriented cars bound to become convertibles are designed that way from initial development.

Mac
10-14-2015, 08:14 AM
the coupe mockups aren't just mockups, that's what exists since it's been built for Tokyo.

engineering a convertible isn't as simple as chopping the roof of a coupe, as it requires strengthening the chassis to account for flex once the roof is gone--which is why performance oriented cars bound to become convertibles are designed that way from initial development.

+1 like the FR-S/BRZ which was designed from the beginning to be able to become a roadster... which of course hasn't yet materialized.

strat61caster
10-14-2015, 08:23 AM
+1 like the FR-S/BRZ which was designed from the beginning to be able to become a roadster... which of course hasn't yet materialized.

That sounds like news to Subaru...

http://www.autonews.com/article/20131120/OEM03/131129985/subaru-boss-spurns-convertible-brz-fr-s

And even one Toyota employee admits there would be significant engineering work to be done:

http://wardsauto.com/auto-makers/scion-trying-make-case-fr-s-convertible-subaru-says-no-thanks

Was certainly an interesting PR exercise at the time.

gymratter
10-19-2015, 02:04 PM
IMO, if Toyota wants to directly rival the Miata, than a convertible version is a must.

Hoahao
10-19-2015, 04:05 PM
Give it a Targa style top like the 800.

Tcoat
10-20-2015, 06:34 AM
Will try to find the article but Toyota did make an actual official statement (rare as those can be) that they would not be doing a convertible or targa 86.

Ichitaka05
10-20-2015, 07:35 AM
Will try to find the article but Toyota did make an actual official statement (rare as those can be) that they would not be doing a convertible or targa 86.

I think, it was Subaru official that stated that.

Tcoat
10-20-2015, 05:07 PM
Yes but I don't remember where it was. It was the real thing not a click bait.