The last real adrenaline pump to wear a Toyota badge was the MKIV Supra. The game is certainly different today, and Toyota may be getting back in the sporty rear-drive mix - and we're not talking about the FT-86. The project looks to follow the lead of longtime Toyota test-driver Hiromu Naruse, who has been a stout advocate of a sporty, cost-effective RWD developed for the younger, entry-level demographic. Naruse passed away suddenly in early 2010, and Toyota got the ball rolling to honor him.
The basis of the car is Toyota's Aygo, a hatchback city car, and the plan calls for dropping a 1.5-liter four sourced from Daihatsu under the hood. The car will be light, in the 2,200-lb range, supremely tossable and sport a price tag in the $15,000 to $16,000 range. The pictured Aygo Crazy Concept from 2008 is a mid-engine, turbo four-powered design study and may offer hints at what could be, but we're also wondering if Gazoo Racing will be involved. There are no hints for or against U.S. availability, but with the price of the FT-86 in constant flux in the rumor mill, this screamer makes a lot of sense. A RWD hot-hatch for $15K - how can that miss?