Toyota developing sub-GT86 coupe?
The coupe will pay homage to the Sports 800 that was introduced in 1965.
A report coming out of Australia finds Toyota is in the early stages of developing a new coupe that will slot beneath the Scion FR-S.
The coupe is called 69DZ internally. An inside source told website Motoring that the proposed prototype's striking design blends retro-inspired styling cues that pay homage to the 1965 Sports 800 - Toyota's first-ever sports car - and more modern features borrowed from the limited-edition GT86 Style Cb (pictured) sold exclusively in Japan.
Power will come from a tweaked version of the 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that powers the Corolla in a number of global markets. In its most basic state of tune, the direct-injected four-cylinder will send 130 horsepower to the rear wheels via either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic unit.
Interestingly, Toyota will make sure the coupe is a true driver's car by enlisting former World Rally Championship pilot Tommi Makinen to fine-tune the chassis in the final stages of the development process.