Is a Toyota 86 / Scion FR-S sedan derivative worthy of reviving the Toyota Altezza badge? | Kaizen Factor

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Is a Toyota 86 / Scion FR-S derivative worthy of reviving the Altezza badge?

As the final iterations of the so-called #8220;Toyobaru triplets (Toyota GT-86 simply, 86], Scion and Subaru BRZ) are finally out for sampling by the world#8217;s automotive the reviews are unanimous in their and there is a clear consensus the hard work of Subaru and engineers in kick-starting the revival of the rear-wheel-drive affordable sports is, simply, too good to be confined to a 2+2 two-door model. This has long lobbied for a 2-seat Lexus-badged derivative to rival the TT, BMW Z4, Mercedes SLK and Porsche Boxster. others, however, have moved to suggest (and as is evident in this article)

stretched 4-door sports versions of the new 86.

Speculation on an 86 sedan version hit a pitch back in autumn starting with Peter of Autocar #8216;s suggestion Toyota made plans to a new small sports saloon to us Yanks) off the rear-drive platform as an policy” if the coupé never it into production or failed to sales expectations. This was certainly no stranger to the frenzy then, penning related both for Kaizen Factor and . the latter shooting down Sam ridiculous notion that the sedan#8221; would become the Lexus IS.

In our Kaizen Factor piece, we mused that

#8230;the of a 4-door sedan sibling for the is a very tantalizing one as a “son-of-Altezza” (and Lexus IS the Toyota brand’s last sport sedan hit.

Taking this one step if Toyota were, indeed, to an 86-derived sedan, would it be of bringing back the Altezza not only in Japan but throughout the Please, no Scion-badging nonsense for sedan in North America, already got their coupe.

the number of Altezza-badged Lexus IS this author sees as of the active Florida my.IS / Lexus community, perhaps the is ready for a proper sequel to the lighter and more agile Lexus IS for those who feel let by the heavier and more luxury-oriented 2nd-gen version. Or do you feel there can only be one true, deserving Altezza, and that the of slapping that hallowed on a Toyota 86

sedan is almost sacrilegious?

Perhaps the imitation-is-the-sincerest-form-of-flattery trend of #8220;Altezza taillights#8221; on all manner of old and beyond has tainted the name in mind forever? How do you feel this notion?

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