The Toyota S-FR concept that was unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show is one of the most likely next gen products to roll-out from the globally leading automaker in the foreseeable future. The entry-level sports coupe concept, as reported last week, is a work of three years. This level of effort is generally made only for production-oriented concepts.
The Toyota S-FR concept has been confirmed for production by Tetsuya Tada, General Manager & Chief Engineer, Sports Vehicle Management Division, Toyota Motor, and it will likely come with a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, as per a report from Motoring.com.au. This would be the second generation of the current 1.2-litre 8NR-FTS engine which is offered in the Toyota Auris.
Toyota Motor’s latest turbocharged petrol engine is the 2.0-litre 8AR-FTS unit, but it’s exclusive to Lexus as of now. The report says that the information about the next-gen 1.2L 8NR-FTS turbo mill being put in the S-FR concept’s production version has been received from one of the company’s senior powertrain engineers.
When asked if the small turbocharged engine could be fitted to rear-wheel drive vehicles, the source responded: “From the design or development perspective, we do have this in mind.”
According to the report, the all-new 1.2-litre 8NR-FTS turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine will produce 85 kW at 5,200 rpm and 185 Nm of torque at 1,500 rpm. The senior powertrain engineer said that an all-wheel drive drivetrain layout “is possible” in this case, but he clarified that it’s not very likely, saying “currently we (Toyota) do not have any formula”. The source also indicated that this engine will likely require high-octane premium petrol to deliver peak performance.
“This engine if you use 91 RON it will run still but the power or torque will not be in the area we want to reach,” he stated.
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