Is there a new Toyota sports car on the horizon?
Motoring.com was one of the first to report that sources over in Japan have suggest that work was underway on a sibling to the Scion FR-S to compete with the like of the Subaru BRZ. From all of the figures that have been laid out, it looks like this rumor would be on heck of a deal.
Styled like the Toyota 800
The rumored Toyota sports car is said to styled in a retro fashion to pay tribute to the legendary Toyota 800. The 800 was Toyota’s first ever production sports car that debuted in 1962. It featured some space-age type technology with a roof panel that could be removed to let the air into the cabin. Its design is simple and modern, still resonate today.
The rumored vehicle has been dubbed: codenamed 69DZ. It is said to come with a 1.5-liter engine and weight similarly to the Mazda MX-5, an obvious competitor. One might wonder what will happen with new partnership struck up between Mazda and Toyota. Thankfully, Toyota has said it will forgo the CVT and offer the 69DZ with a six-speed automatic and manual transmission.
The Toyota 69DZ is said to be planned to hit dealerships in the early part of 2018 and be priced similarly to the Corolla. That price point will need to be possible to compete with the MX-5 Miata, but $20,000 still seams like a bargain, even when compared to the price of the new 2016 Scion FR-S.
It remains to be seen whether Toyota would be able to cash in on such a low price point. We can only hope that more roadster competition will provide lower prices for consumers! It sure is an exciting time in the auto industry.