Toyota Toyobaru Concept Expected to Debut in Geneva

February 6, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Every car lover knows about Toyobaru. Its been widely said as the best Toyota car yet and it looks like it is getting a baby sister.

This one of course has all the power it needs and the major change from our Toyobaru is that this won’t have any fixed roof. Yes, a convertible Toyobaru.

Known as the the Scion FR-S, the convertible model is in a concept stage now and the prototype is likely to be showcased during the upcoming Geneva show. The roadster variant might pack in some extra goodies when it reaches the production stage.

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Going back to the current model, its engine delivers 200 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque from its naturally aspirated, direct-injected 2.0 liters and is mounted low enough in the chassis to give a lower center of gravity than a Porsche Cayman. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard equipment, as is a Torsen limited-slip diff.

McPherson struts are found up front, and a multilink setup suspends the rear of the car. Brakes are vented discs front and rear at 11.6 and 11.4 inches, respectively, and 17-inch wheels are a standard.

Mechanically speaking, the Subaru and Scion versions are the same, though the final tweaking is done independently. The FR-S is about more than just performance numbers, said almost all the people who have driven one at least once.

The FR-S is about driving dynamics, which are some of the best all have experienced till now and it also combines an affordable price as it starts at just under $25,000. So in short, this car is a total package that can be used for both the weekday commute and the weekend track session.

The convertible model is expected to be more fun and hopefully it might steal our hearts in the coming years.

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