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    Rumorpile: Toyota's CEO Wants Two To Tango With The Scion FR-S


    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    August 11, 2013

    The Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S could get be getting a big and small brother in the near future. Speaking with Car Advice, FR-S chief engineer Tatsuya Tada said,

    “Akio Toyoda always says to me, Toyota sports car [family] should be three sports car brothers. 86 is in the middle.”

    What are these two sports cars? We know the big brother will be the resurrection of Supra. The small brother will be sub-GT86 model. When asked about names for this new small model, Tada said its far too early for that.

    Possibly the most interesting bit of information from Car Advice's story is Tada saying that the new sports cars might be done in a joint calibration. The GT86/FR-S was done by Toyota and Subaru, and the new Supra is reportedly being worked on by Toyota and BMW.

    Source: Car Advice

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    While this is cool news, my gut tells me we will see a glut of small 2 door sports cars in the near future 12-18 months.

    Seems to be a cycle of multiple auto companies identifying the same niche for small 2 seater sports cars and then an over building happens since there is limited appeal for them and then they all die off and we go through the vacuum again.

    Will be interesting non the less.

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    What will be really interesting might be a Toyota Vitz (Yaris) hatchback in GT-S trim. Power can come from a 2ZR-FZE engine. Basically the Corolla's 1.8L Inline-4 but fortified with an Eaton TVS R900 supercharger. Should be good for about 180~220 hp depending on how much boost they want to run. But more importantly it'll continue the same philosophy as the FT86. A light, agile car with adequate power and zero turbolag. Sorta like a rehash of the "original" VW Rabbit/Golf GTi.

    Probably won't work too well in the USA, but it should be well received in Japan and in Europe -- where people actually like hatches

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    While this is cool news, my gut tells me we will see a glut of small 2 door sports cars in the near future 12-18 months.

    Seems to be a cycle of multiple auto companies identifying the same niche for small 2 seater sports cars and then an over building happens since there is limited appeal for them and then they all die off and we go through the vacuum again.

    Will be interesting non the less.

    Nothing wrong w/ a glut of sports cars...better than more CUVs and boring 4cyl FWD sedans. It would be interesting if the smaller model were an MR-2 revival..

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