Toyota Sportivo Coupe concept — First look: Toyota’s youthful coupe…

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Toyota’s Melbourne concept coupe is jammed techno ideas

27 February


TOYOTA determination to break out of its respected but persona is highlighted by a dramatic car launched at the Melbourne motor today.

Called the Sportivo it embodies many of the issues the arm of Toyota is grappling with as it to develop its business into the

These include the need to a younger audience; erasing its image; a desire to promote the brand name; and the necessity to its design and engineering talent and and promote that ability and overseas.

All up, the cost of bringing the Coupe to life – and it is a runner – has put at more than $1 million. by the local Toyota board last July, it went concept to reality in 30 weeks.

The for Sportivo Coupe comes not from inside Toyota but from more than 100 and Melbourne 14 to 18-year-olds the company to discover what they were important features in a

Personal mobility and communications what came out as being important, said project Paul Beranager.

They saw the use of the car as an urban mobility thing, some of them wanted to a bit more of a race around and the performance, so it was a bit of a balance.

What is a concept in the true sense of the – designed to stimulate debate and rather than being a mildly disguised future car. This car is very to ever see production, although elements are bound to turn up.

goes as far as to claim Sportivo as the first pure concept car by a local manufacturer since the Hurricane in 1969. Toyota now its first local concept, the revealed at the Melbourne motor last year, as a derivative of a car.

Toyota’s claim is going to be debated and undoubtedly rejected by – notably Mike Simcoe and the team at Holden which created the Holden Coupe in This car subsequently went production as the new-age Monaro and is now in the US as the reborn Pontiac GTO.

Coupe features an all-new body designed by 29-year-old Hogios, the former Wheels young designer of the year who worked at Ford. Highlights of his include the use of about 380 LED lights, doors that hinge up and instead of outwards, the extensive use of panels and bodywork shaped in composite.

That is bonded to a steel chassis and draped a bespoke four-seat interior has a driver-centric control area, a flat screen instrument push-button start and park and a seat design different to all passengers.

Information and entertainment are included for front and rear passenger and the screens are portable, to be detached and used as lap top computers from the car.

The Sportivo Coupe is powered by a 2.4-litre turbocharged VVT-i engine mated to a five-speed gearbox and the all-wheel drive adapted from the RAV4 But this car has no off-road capability.

A brake system is housed a massive 21-inch wheel and combination, while underpinning all is the suspension (albeit retuned) and from the current 380N

But just as interesting and more are some advanced electronic that feature in this which Toyota is already with government authorities.

T-Link, this electronic is based around the driver’s which is a mobile phone-style SIM that would be embedded a host of data.

The licence not only allow the driver to the car, but also provides settings for driving position, stations, phone numbers, GPS data for friends and even output.

The system even allows the electronic licence number of the to be displayed on the number plate, as as P, L or handicap plates if applicable.

says speeding fines, charges and even parking could be sent through to the driver responsible, rather the car owner.

Mr Beranger rejects any that T-Link has overtones of big

I struggle personally to understand the because we are not adding intrusive in the personal sense. The fact the car has the driver’s number on it rather the owner’s — that’s there for 100 years, so what? he

Another innovation is the digital that reconfigures its analogue-style so that the prevailing speed is always located in the 12 o’clock

The third electronic innovation is the use of GPS Finder’ tracking. That the occupants of Sportivo Coupe to see their friends are through on a screen and allow the occupants to electronically to a central meeting

The technology we are showing in this car not be owned by Toyota, Mr Beranger Effectively, Toyota’s innovative concepts would be the property of the and industry.

The options we are presenting could be progressively introduced the next five to 10 years and would work collaboratively government to make it happen.

Body: Two-door coupe ‘dihedral’ doors

Toyota Sportivo Coupe

Bodywork: panels bonded to tubular frame integrated with Modular Platform. Satin finish

Engine: 2.4-litre, twin camshafts, four per cylinder, turbocharged with

Power: 180kW at 5500rpm

305Nm at 4500rpm

Driveline: manual gearbox, four-wheel

Suspension (front and rear): struts with coil hydraulic dampers and ball-joint stabiliser bar

Wheels: Special alloys; 9-inch wide 10-inch wide rear

Dunlop SP Sport 9000; front, 285/30ZR21 rear

Brakes: PBR Performance brakes vented and drilled rotors; front, 355mm rear. front callipers, four-piston callipers

Park Brake: actuation with centre button. Banksia-type shoe rear rotor

Steering: rack and pinion

Seats: bucket seats for four

Lighting: LED headlights, foglights tail-lights and turn signal

Wheelbase: 2720mm

Front 1665mm

Rear track:

Overall length: 4627mm


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