The rear-wheel drive coupe is expected to run the new twin-turbo V6 engine seen in the recently revealed Lexus LS 500, and would be mated to an eight-speed automatic. A V6 hybrid powertrain seen in the Lexus LC 500h is also a possibility.
Toyota is also reported to be preparing a high-powered hot hatch as a preview to the all-new 12th generation Corolla range set to debut toward the end of the year and is set to be based on the modular Toyota New Global Architecture chassis that underpins the Prius and 2018 Camry.
Final specifications are still to be confirmed but power is expected to come from a modified version of the 180kW turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine from the Lexus NX.
A fast five-door (which will wear Auris badges in some overseas markets) marks a return to the hot hatch market for Toyota, which last offered a fast Corolla in Australia three generations ago with the Celica-powered Corolla Sportivo. However, Japanese buyers have since been offered the V6-powered Blade Master G as a makeshift Golf R rival.
As well as weight savings linked to the new platform the Corolla hot hatch will preview a sports-tuned suspension set-up with lowered ride height and large wheels with performance brake hardware to match, while sticking to front-wheel drive.
Rounding out Toyota’s sports car revival a production-previewing S-FR II Coupe concept, following on from the original S-FR of 2015, will show Toyota’s aspirations to tackle the low end of the sports car market, with speculation of an entry price low enough to rival light hatches.
If that’s accurate the production S-FR will be low on creature comforts but high on enthusiast appeal with a choice of a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre four-cylinder or turbocharged 1.2-litre four-cylinder (from the C-HR small SUV) paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic driving the rear wheels.
Firmer details of Toyota’s performance trio will filter through in the lead-up to October’s Tokyo motor show opening with the usual pre-show teaser campaigns set to start giving an official look at what Toyota has in store for enthusiasts.