Report: Toyota GT86, Scion FR-S Sedan Headed To Production

Although Toyota has reportedly said no to a convertible version of the GT86 sports coupe -- sold in America as the Scion FR-S -- our colleagues at Motor Trend report that a sedan variant is under development. The report suggests that a Toyota GT86 / Scion FR-S sedan has been approved and could debut as a concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

Toyota officials reportedly nixed plans for a GT86 / Scion FR-S convertible because adding a folding roof mechanism would have required lengthening the car's wheelbase, adding significant cost and complexity. Motor Trend says that a sedan, however, has been approved to go on sale in 2015 as a 2016 model. Its wheelbase will be 3.9 inches longer than that of the standard GT86 / FR-S coupe (pictured), and MT reports that the sedan will have design elements inspired by traditional Japanese katana Samurai swords.

To cope with its increased weight, as well as criticisms that the current coupe is underpowered, the Toyota GT86 / Scion FR-S sedan would reportedly add some sort of hybrid system atop its current 2.0-liter boxer-four engine. Based on current Toyota hybrid technology, the system would reportedly boost the car's output to about 250 hp. Previous reports suggested that Toyota was already investigating more powerful engine options, including a hybrid system, that could arrive when the GT86 / FR-S is refreshed in 2015.

In March, Toyota GT86 chief engineer Tetsuya Tada wrote on Toyota U.K.'s official blog that he had always conceived several body styles for the sports coupe. "Along the way, we investigated the possibility of a sedan [saloon] and a shooting brake," he said. Expect to learn more about the potential for a sporty sedan as the Geneva Motor Show approaches.

I wonder how much the FRS sedan will sticker for?  If it goes for around $30,000, it doesn't have much competition with other rear wheel drive sedans.  Unless you include a Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300,  BMW 128 or a Mercedes CLA.  Looks like Scion has the market all to itself if a somewhat affordable Japanese RWD is what you're looking for. 
From The Back Seat
So Toyota canned the convertible because having a folding hard-top meant lengthening the wheel-base which would add weight and cost.  So they are going with a sedan variant that will have a lengthened wheel-base and added weight, requiring a more potent (and expensive) drive-train.  The more I read about this debacle the more I think Toyota paid Subaru to design and build this car for them and then got all pissy with rights and "my money" attitude and now are trying to look like it is all their doing.  Here are a few things Toyota:  1) WTF do you have to have a folding hard-top for!?!?!  The car is supposed to be a cheap, fun sports car.  Ergo, no stupid, heavy folding hard top.  2)  If part of the "problem" in requiring extra length for a convertible is to keep the rear "seat", don't waste your time - the seat is useless now and irrelevant in a convertible.  Ditch it and put a nice storage space and a soft-top there.  3) Do make a sedan, but DON'T for the love of all that is fun and joyous put a bloody hybrid drive-train in the thing.  It can only ruin a good car and will a) add weight and b) cost thus pushing it above the $30k price point and thus not a cheap thrill ride.  If all these things seem like foreign or silly ideas to you lot, you're bigger idiots than I've taken you for.  Please leave this car a lone and let the experts (ie Subaru engineers unbound by your Toyota rules) continue to make these fun cars.

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