Toyota developing Aygo based hot hatch to honour Hiromu Naruse

Toyota Aygo GRMN FR Hot Hatch Concept, Tokyo Auto Salon, 640, 15.01.2010
Toyota Aygo GRMN FR Hot Hatch Concept, Tokyo Auto Salon, 640, 15.01.2010

New hot hatch will be a rear-wheel drive with a front mounted engine

Toyota may be developing a hot-hatch variant of the Aygo compact car in honor of Hiromu Naruse, the automaker's chief test driver who was killed in a car crash in Germany this past June.

The new hot-hatch will be a rear-wheel drive with a front-mounted engine, unlike most others in its class.

Based on the Aygo, as well as taking inspiration from the GRNM (Gazoo Racing Master of Nurburgring) Hot Hatch Concept which premiered at the Tokyo Auto Salon earlier this year, the car will feature a 1.5 liter engine sourced from sister brand Daihatsu and a double wishbone rear suspension. Weight will be kept down to less than 1,000 kg.

The model will be slotted beneath the FT-86 in the Toyota lineup and its base price will be around 1.4 million yen (£10,250/€12,326). To keep costs down, Toyota may build the car at the Daihatsu plant in Osaka. The car could debut sometime in 2012.

The idea for a low entry-price, rear-wheel drive hot hatch was Hiromu Naruse's own. Naruse was killed while testing a Lexus LFA in a crash with another test vehicle, a BMW 3-Series, on a road near the Nurburgring circuit in Germany. The two BMW test drivers survived the collision.

Naruse was 67 years old and had been with Toyota since 1963.

Source: Autocar

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If they made this...
Aug 16th, 2010 8:15pm
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That's what I call a tribute
Aug 11th, 2010 9:30pm
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BackInTheRealWorld BackInTheRealWorld
A car under 1000kg, i believe hell has frozen over. May u rest in peace Hiromu-san, hopefully the world will wake up and put cars on a long overdue diet.
Aug 11th, 2010 5:19am
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Mikeado Mikeado
There are many ways to honour such a man's achievements, but that, Toyota, is how you do it. Not just because the end product will likely be really bloody awesome, but because his idea will come to life. I look forward to a sub-tonne FR Aygo. Who wouldn't?
Aug 11th, 2010 3:40am
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Hellbound Hellbound
If this turns out to be true, hats off to Toyota. A very fitting Tribute and a sign that Accountants don't really matter when it comes to HONOUR! Hiromu-san would have been proud.
Aug 11th, 2010 3:25am
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