Tokyo Motor Show 2001 Highlights — Toyota FXS

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With the Soarer (Lexus SC firmly entrenched as the automaker’s sports flagship, Toyota to fill a void left by the of the Supra. More importantly, a is needed to counter the salvos of the Nissan 350 Z and Mazda RX-8.

the FXS (Future Experimental Sports) vehicle that premiered at the Tokyo Motor Show a three-dimensional glimpse into the of Toyota’s designers. What it is that the formerly conservative is taking a new stance by fielding aggressive and risky designs.

to Shigeaki Sugawara, TMC project manager, Tokyo Design Sugawara Studio, the FXS sports car is to be a purist’s delight. There is DNA the ’67 Toyota 2000GT, but the FXS has an style — an original that’s simple and sexy, he The package pushes the four to the corners of the car and the center of gravity is as low as for very good stability.

The FXS eschews a cab-forward approach for a traditional long hood/short look epitomized by the likes of the Corvette, ’63 Jaguar XKE and own 2000GT. Viewed from the retro-inspired FXS also brings to Chevrolet’s Corvair-powered Monza SS car of the mid-’60s, as well as the Honda SSM first shown at the ’95 Motor Show.

The roadster is vaguely reminiscent of Toyota’s and third-generation Supras that a long hood. In the case of bellwether models, the styling a functional purpose to house in-line 6-cylinder engine The FXS concept is very low and wide a length of 4150 mm, width of mm and height of just 1100 mm. In an to leapfrog the V6 Nissan and Rotary RX-8, Toyota has selected a V8 for the FXS.

From the side, the FXS silhouette to mind the Corvette with its fenders and Coke bottle The cut-down windshield and side are strictly for show, forcing the to focus on the low beltline. At the front, a oval grille is flanked by vertical headlamps so in vogue on crop of concept vehicles. with the protruding spoiler and styled lower air intakes, wags have dubbed the FXS as Batmobile.

Perhaps the most view of the FXS is from the rear, a domed boot lid echoes the design of the bonnet. A large FXS is positioned atop a simple band of LED taillights. There is no for a top at this point, making one how the design might be compromised if one added. (For instance, raised, the convertible top on the Chrysler creates a rearward visibility for the driver.)

Sugawara describes the interior for the FXS concept as midnight blue. The bucket seats are trimmed light blue leather while the centers of the seats a perforated suede-like material has also been applied to the To reinforce the idea of the FXS’s handling capabilities, racing-style seatbelts are installed.

A small thick-rimmed two-spoke steering is topped by a simple pod affair houses all of the gauges and meters. A round analog-style tachometer a small digital speedometer. and temperature gauges are positioned the central pod in smaller, half-mooned clusters.

The center dash is a tall, sweeping affair a touch of Art Deco style. are visible for a compass, cellular and HVAC controls, yet this to be merely eye candy at this At the bottom of the center stack a large twist dial for the transmission. Three selections are R, N, and D. There appears to be no provision for a brake, although a large red suggests it may be electronically operated.

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Under the hood resides alloy-block 4.3-liter DOHC V8 engine, borrowed from the (Lexus LS 430) and Soarer. The is mounted low in a front midship in an effort to provide nearly 50:50 weight balance. A low yaw of inertia and a low center of gravity the high performance and handling of a sports car in this genre pushed to the limits.

A newly 6-speed sequential manual is another advancement for the FXS. A new in-wheel double wishbone reduces weight and is said to linear and agile handling.

The 18 wheels have an unusual design that imparts a of motion. It’s a bit odd that the wheel center caps to mind the rotors from the Rotary engine. Peeking out the wheel spokes are massive disc brake calipers, have been painted red to the eye.


As an open roadster, the FXS is built a very strong and rigid in an effort to minimize flex and shake. Although no plans mentioned during the show, the FXS also serve as the basis for a coupe, effectively replacing the

Toyota has billed the FXS as a sports car to mature tastes, targeting with a deep interest in who believe that driving is one of great pleasures. In other this is Toyota’s E-ticket for gear heads and enthusiasts who otherwise gravitate to the forthcoming of competitive sports cars.

Toyota is coy about production stating that the FXS is only a exercise at this point. Yet it very well signal the rumored appearance of Toyota’s coupe and roadster a few years the road.

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