Toyota: Two More Rear-Wheel-Drive Sports Cars in the Offing
Before an entire generation sees a Toyota (NYSE:TM) as that boring thing an older relative drives, the company is planning to add two more rear-wheel-drive sports cars to the fold, both of which will have new platforms. A report from Australia’s CarAdvice has quoted Toyota 86′s chief engineer saying a pair of RWD rides are not only planned, but work is already underway at a higher and lower-market Scion FR-S.
Tatsuya Tada, who runs Toyota’s sports car division, told Alborz Fallah that the trinity of sports cars would be a reality some day soon. The family, according to Tada’s words in CarAdvice, would include one smaller and one larger successor to the Scion FR-S. In fact, Akio Toyoda, the automaker’s chief executive, is already on board and has given the project the thumbs up, according to the engineer.
The news brings excitement to fans of Toyota, sports cars, and RWD cars of all stripes. What Toyota was able to accomplish in its 2013 Scion FR-S was bringing a sports car to the market that was as affordable as it was uncomplicated. Edmunds.com was calling it as “a future classic” without a doubt when the current generation of drivers has a few years behind the wheel. As with the FR-S partnership with Subaru, reports indicate the two forthcoming RWD sports cars will have other automakers involved.
According to Tatsuya Tada, the larger model will be a collaboration with BMW, while the smaller RWD thriller will have a yet-to-be-named partner. CarAdvice asked the engineer a question on the minds of many: how would the new cars be affordable on new platforms while keeping the RWD integrity? Tada took the opportunity to brag a bit on that count.
“[It] sounds like it’s very difficult to do,” Tada told CarAdvice. “Toyota has learnt a lot from 86 project…[and has the ability] to develop vehicles efficiently and cost effectively. We have all these experiences.” Tada expressed confidence Toyota could pull it off, bringing to the market a RWD sports car that would somehow slot several thousand dollars below the $24,500 MSRP of its 2013 Scion FR-S. That would be something for car lovers everywhere to celebrate.
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