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Everyone loves the Toyota 86, and for good reason – the modern day hachi-roku is an entertaining drive with a lively tail. Lightweight and simple, and with a manual gearbox too. So it’s fantastic to hear that Toyota has come up with a smaller sibling for the 86. Called the S-FR (for small, front-engined, rear-wheel drive perhaps?), it’s a concept that will be officially unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show later this month.

The ingredients will cause plenty of lip licking among driving enthusiasts. The baby coupe is below four metres in length at 3,990 mm (the 86 is 4,240 mm long) and has ‘+2’ seats at the back. The engine is behind the nose, but mounted way back for a front-mid layout. Drive goes to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, the only transmission choice. With two up, the weight distribution is 50:50.

The S-FR is based on the keywords “compact”, “light” and “entry-level”, and it’s meant to let more people experience the joy of having a car that responds to a driver’s every wish, Toyota says. “It’s a car that’s a joy to have and one that’s always ready to talk with the driver,” the press release reads. Chatty is good.

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No mention of what’s under the long hood, but it doesn’t have to be a powerhouse – the S-FR doesn’t sound like that kind of car. Instead, Toyota says that it “aims to make driving fun, which is what a lightweight sports car is all about.”

“The exhilaration in mastering corners at will. The pleasure in feeling how a car reacts as you hold the reins. Harmony linking every aspect of performance – acceleration, braking, steering. All is aimed at delivering an experience that never fails to excite,” its maker says.

This little car is pushing all the right buttons, and we’re looking forward to see it in Tokyo.