The recently introduced Toyota S-FR is the Japanese company’s desire to strike back at the very affordable Honda S600 and deliver its own take of the entry-level sportscar with high focus on driver satisfaction.
Unfortunately so far the company has kept its cards close to heart, so numerous details about the smallish road-runner have been creeping in the dark. We can obviously make judgments based on the concept’s known dimensions, exterior design and overall philosophy. But there’s one category that needs more facts than we had until now – the powertrain department. According to the latest report coming from Australian magazine Motoring, the production vehicle – which is expected to mirror closely the concept seen during the recent Tokyo Motor Show – will eschew a previously rumored 1.5 liter naturally aspirated choice in favor of 1.2-litre, Atkinson-cycle turbo variant. The news comes courtesy of one of the Toyota engineers who also hinted the new mill has been developed to reach a wider range of upcoming models.
The very compact, turbocharged engine appears to have been designed as well for use in rear-wheel-drive cars and delivers 114 hp and 185 Nm (136 lb-ft) – probably enough for the S-FR if the model will come with a dry weight of no more than 1000 kg (2204 lbs). A previous report mentioned instead a naturally-aspirated 130 PS (128 hp), 1.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol mated to an Aisin 6 Speed transmission, so we’ll just have to wait and see who was right and who was wrong.