A new report from Motoring.com.au suggestively confirms a new compact sportscar from Toyota that will slot below the Toyota GT86. Citing an unnamed source close to the company, the report says that the mini sports coupe, codenamed Toyota 69DZ, will be powered by a 130 hp 1.5-litre in-line four-cylinder petrol engine, and will weigh around 980 kg.
The engine is a revised 2NR-FKE unit offered on the facelifted JDM Corolla while transmission choices will include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic. The Mazda MX-5 rival will be based on a bespoke platform and be priced around AU$20,000 (US$16,075/£10,223/€14,114).
The unnamed source reveals several details about the new sports coupe – designers have a final prototype that is very likely to go into production the way it is, and the exterior is inspired by the 1965 Toyota Sports 800, but modernized for the 21st century customer.
Expect the production version to look like the Japan-exclusive GT86 Style Cb; there will be roundish headlights and a large, signature grille, a bonnet with an unusual “lump”, traditional coupe silhouette with short overhangs and curvy rear quarters, and flared wheel-arches.
The coupe is designed this way so as to give the sleekest look possible without sacrificing space for the engine and a 90 mm pedestrian impact zone above the engine bay.