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Baby FR-S Rumored to be $20,000 Rear-Drive Hatchback



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Toyota is enjoying plenty of success with its new GT86/Scion FR-S sports car, but that doesnít mean itís getting complacent.

In fact, rumor has it that Toyota is working on a little brother to the FR-S in the form of a rear-wheel drive, five-door hatchback. Itíll be positioned as an entry-level sports car with a price tag around $20,000. At that price point, sacrifices have to be made, and in this case, this new hatch will be powered by a 1.5-liter powerplant with around 150 hp.

According to an inside source, this four-door hatch will also feature a lowered ride height and four-wheel independent suspension.

While Toyota has been forthcoming about a future vehicle tie-up between itself and BMW, the assumption was that the co-developed car would be a flagship performance machine. These new rumors suggest the contrary; indicating that this new sub-FR-S may be the love child of the Japanese-German union.
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maybe bringing the Auris to us!? I would love it!

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I hope it will weigh around 2200-2300lbs...
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Itíll be positioned as an entry-level sports car with a price tag around $20,000. At that price point, sacrifices have to be made, and in this case, this new hatch will be powered by a 1.5-liter powerplant with around 150 hp.
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I recall telling someone just the other day that what Scion needs is to drop the xD and develop a hot hatchback car for their lineup and I even suspected they already were given that Toyota has just dropped the Matrix.



When this baby hits 88 miles an hour, you're gonna see some serious sh*t.
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I hope that's not suppose to be the actual concept teaser photo because it's just a close up picture of the Corolla/Furia concept.
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When the rumors of the FT86 starting developing in 2007/8, the initial thought was exactly what they were saying above...1.5L engine in a rear wheel drive car. Basically a AE86 redux, rather than the one we have today.
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One would think they could make a two door version of this future hatchback and call it a GT eighty . . . . . . . . . . naaaaaaaaaaaaa.



When this baby hits 88 miles an hour, you're gonna see some serious sh*t.
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A thrifty rear drive 4 cyl / 6 speed hatchback would be a blast. A perfect city cruiser.


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A thrifty rear drive 4 cyl / 6 speed hatchback would be a blast. A perfect city cruiser.
And it's RWD. The tuner crowd is going to go nuts with this car. If Toyota doesn't do this they've lost all their cods.



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I'm a big fan of hatchbacks. It's the one place Europe kicks our butts. They have tons of hot hatches over there.

Everybody is not a thickheaded 4000 pound over-optioned car buyer. I think the time is right for a decent RWD hatch.


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I'm a big fan of hatchbacks. It's the one place Europe kicks our butts. They have tons of hot hatches over there.

Everybody is not a thickheaded 4000 pound over-optioned car buyer. I think the time is right for a decent RWD hatch.
Couldn't agree more Zem. I had a Mazda 3 hatch, loved that car. Seriously considered a Subaru hatch not long ago too and aside from the craptastic transmission I really liked my Ford Focus hatch.

A good looking hatchback has always been one of my favorite cars and the the hatchback design by its very nature tends to make the car stiffer and better handled than a sedan counterpart i.e. the Focus / Mazda 3.



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I had 2 GTIs back in the 80s. Even though they were FWD (as most hatches are) I was hooked after that.


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One would think they could make a two door version of this future hatchback and call it a GT eighty . . . . . . . . . . naaaaaaaaaaaaa.



I think this hatch would replace the Xd
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