Toyota's Gazoo Racing program head and the lead engineer for the GR Supra, Tetsuya Tada, has declared there won't be a sports activities automobile in its deliberate "three brothers" lineup beneath the 86 except there's a "dramatic breakthrough in know-how."
"I consider most individuals are wanting ahead to the smallest of the 'three brothers,' and when individuals say the smallest they anticipate it could be probably the most inexpensive," Tada informed Evo. "However in actuality arising with a compact small sports activities automobile is kind of tough."
"Within the precise market there are actually loads of secondhand GT86s which are pretty compact, so so as to compete with these secondhand automobiles it is tough to provide you with a smaller model."
Tada's statements indicate that making a sports activities automobile that is smaller and cheaper than the 86 can be a problem for Toyota, by no means thoughts the truth that such a automobile must compete with used 86s, by no means thoughts the mannequin's alleged successor. Past that, the battle between price and measurement cannot be interpreted to extract something significant about what Toyota's subsequent sports activities automobile could possibly be. Hesitance about this automobile's price may level to it being a chance for the hardcore, mid-engined MR2 to return again, although Tada's lack of dedication to a smaller mannequin might counsel the two-plus-two Celica to be within the playing cards as effectively.
Traditionally, the MR2 was by no means a powerful vendor, because it was at all times bought in aggressive sports activities automobile markets, whereby its lack of practicality and barely upmarket value level made it a tricky promote for a lot of consumers. Against this, the Celica loved profitable gross sales, however towards the top of its life slipped extra within the route of an economic system coupe—a just about extinct phase at this time—than a sports activities automobile. Between the outmoded Celica and never-mainstream MR2 (each fashions that Toyota engineers need to deliver again), Toyota has a tricky resolution if it needs to revive considered one of its traditional nameplates, quite than provide you with a brand new one.