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 systems are for front and rear seat and the screens are portable, able to be and used as lap top computers remote the car.

The Sportivo Coupe is by a 180kW/305Nm 2.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a manual gearbox and the all-wheel system adapted from the soft-roader. But this car has no off-road

A PBR-developed brake system is inside a massive 21-inch and tyre combination, while all this is the suspension (albeit and platform from the current Camry.

But just as interesting and individual are some advanced systems that feature in car, which Toyota is discussing with government

Called T-Link, this system is based around the license, which is a mobile SIM card that would be with a host of data.

The would not only allow the access to the car, but also individual settings for driving radio stations, phone GPS tracking data for friends and engine 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 21-inch 9-inch wide front, wide rear

Tyres: SP Sport 9000; 245/35ZR21 285/30ZR21 rear

Brakes: PBR brakes with vented and rotors; 380mm front, rear. Six-piston front four-piston rear callipers

Brake: Electronic actuation centre console-mounted button. shoe inside rear

Steering: Power-assisted rack and

Seats: Individual bucket for four people

Lighting: LED foglights strip, tail-lights and signal indicators


Front track: 1665mm

track: 1749mm

Overall 4627mm

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