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Tetsuya Tada rekindles Toyota sports car talk

Top Gear Philippines#8217; Editor-in-Chief B. Sarne (whom we were to meet at the 2010 Paris Show) was fortunate enough to Tetsuya Tada, Toyota#8217;s engineer for the joint Toyota/Subaru car project that led to the widely Subaru BRZ and its Toyota iterations badged as Scion FR-S, GT 86 or, simply, Toyota 86. Their brought to light a couple of revelations.

The first of these is claim that

#8230;the 86 is the first of three sports that Toyota is planning to out, and that the 86 is the middle of the two in of market positioning. The first is mass-market and cheaper than the 86, and the is more upmarket than the 86.

The notion of a smaller and cheaper 86 sports car is something that we at Factor wrote about 2 years ago as a derivative of Toyota#8217;s remaining small and inexpensive platform underpinning the SUVs under the Daihatsu Be‣go, Terios and Toyota Rush In fact, enthusiastic Toyota cobbled together what be construed as a development mule for idea in the Gazoo Racing/MN FR Hot a neo-KP61 Starlet of sorts at the 2010 Tokyo Auto One year later, the carmaker the idea several steps with a preliminary concept for such a sub-86 sports the front-mid-engined TES Concept T-Sports by the Toyota Engineering Society and below right. This vehicle was amply discussed as of our 2011 Tokyo Auto coverage .

What about the #8220;more than 86#8243; sports The last Toyota concept addressed this segment was FT-HS. powered by a variant of the GS 450h#8217;s 2GR-FXE 3.5-liter V6 powertrain. This was widely as a predictor for a production Mark V Supra that, as of this has yet to see the light of day. Fueling hopes, Toyota renewed the trademark on 16 July 2010.

Trademarks carry a #8220;use-it-or-lose-it#8221; for a period of time after its This author was always the impression that it was 5 years, but Car and #8216;s Justin Berkowitz that it is, in fact, 3 years. So, we raise our hopes of seeing a Supra next year? Not so for, as the second revelation of the Top Philippines interview informs us,

Tada said#8230;that nothing is yet since his team is still in the of conceptualizing the two other Toyota cars. He also noted it takes five years to a sports car from conceptualization to as compared with the three it normally takes to develop a vehicle.

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Given that time might Toyota once lose the Supra trademark? Not for Toyota can either renew it or, slap the Supra badge on a predictor for the eventual production car and safeguard it that way.

a 21st-century Toyota Supra be on the new rear-wheel-drive N-platform that on the 4th-generation Lexus GS? Perhaps. Or it be a lower-priced, Toyota-badged offshoot of the production version of the Lexus concept. Or it may be the joint BMW/Toyota sports vehicle#8221; touted in the of understanding the 2 carmakers signed on 25 June 2012 .

A final noteworthy observation is the promise that Tetsuya will be an integral part of the of the 2 new Toyota sports cars. Toyota be grooming Tada-san to be the of the late, great Hiromu ?

Photo Credit 1: Joel

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