Toyota is creating a small, two-seat electrical sports activities automobile that may very well be the primary bespoke EV from its Gazoo Racing efficiency model.
Proven alongside 14 different Toyota and Lexus ideas as firm president Akio Toyoda revealed 15 of a deliberate 30 new EVs from the manufacturers by 2030, the unnamed coupé seems related in dimension to Toyota’s MR2 sports activities automobile, which bowed out in 2007.
At the moment, gross sales and advertising boss Matt Harrison stated the agency was on the “dialogue stage” with plans for a reborn MR2 and confirmed that it was a pretty proposition to firm bosses.
Toyoda is a well known sports activities automobile fanatic and has beforehand spoken of his want to in the future see the ‘three brothers’ – the Supra, Celica and MR2 – revived for the trendy period. With the Supra now three years previous and the GR86 successfully serving as a Celica equal, the main target has doubtless shifted to the event of a second bespoke GR mannequin.
The primary clues to a reborn MR2 got in 2015 by the diminutive S-FR idea, which did not evolve right into a manufacturing mannequin. This newest idea appears to be barely bigger and options rather more aggressive styling cues not like something seen on a manufacturing Toyota to this point.
Most intriguingly, its cab-forward silhouette hints at a revival of the MR2’s attribute mid-engined format, which might imply Toyota is planning an identical stacked-battery association to that of Porsche and Lotus’s upcoming electrical sports activities vehicles.
This could assist the sports activities automobile to retain a few of its non secular predecessor’s trademark dynamic steadiness, regardless of the added weight of an EV powertrain. It additionally would imply the driving force might sit as near the bottom as within the MR2, which would not be attainable with an underfloor battery pack.
Whether or not Toyota’s e-TNGA EV platform, as utilized by the bZ4X SUV, might accommodate such a structure is unconfirmed. Up to now, that platform has solely been deployed in four- and front-wheel-drive codecs, and Toyota would little doubt go for a rear-driven structure in an entry-level electrical sports activities automobile.
Toyota has hinted that its entry-level EVs will prioritise affordability over lengthy vary, which – along with the necessity to hold weight down – means the sports activities automobile may very well be among the many first of Toyota’s EVs to obtain a extra energy-dense strong state battery.
Lexus has hinted at an identical plan for a brand new electrical supercar it’s readying as a non secular successor to the V10-engined LFA.