Toyota has dropped a subtle hint about the possibility of using a 1.2-liter turbo engine for the S-FR production version.
In an interview with Motoring, a Toyota senior powertrain engineer said the four-cylinder 1.2-liter available in the facelifted Euro-spec Auris is a suitable candidate to power a production variant of the S-FR concept unveiled a few weeks ago at the Tokyo Motor Show. In the Auris, the engine is capable of developing 115 PS (85 kW) and 185 Nm (136 lb-ft) which doesn’t sound like a lot, but on the other hand the S-FR is expected to weigh less than 1,000 kg (2,204), so it should be enough for a feisty little car with a rear-wheel drive layout.
The news comes after a report emerged indicating the car will get a 1.5-liter inline-four naturally aspirated engine from the JDM-spec Corolla, but with direct injection and other changes to increase output to 130 PS (96 kW) and 148 Nm (109 lb-ft). This could still be true, but most likely the engine will be offered on the JDM version whereas United States (where it will probably be sold as a Scion) and Europe will likely get the turbo motor. A six-speed manual transmission will probably be offered for both engines, but a continuously variable transmission is also a possibility.
Slotting underneath the GT86, the Toyota S-FR is programmed to go on sale sometime in 2016.