Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
Ah, that’s a great question. Toyota is keeping quieter than a church mouse with a sore throat on pricing (and BMW hasn’t priced the Z4 yet either, so we can't use that car as a guide), but allow us to dampen any enthusiasm for this being a cut-price Japanese sports car.
Toyota’s assistant chief engineer, Keisuke Fukumoto, told CarsGuide; “I hope after driving it you can see that it won’t be cheap”.
And so put it this way, we would be surprised to see it start with a number lower than $70k.
This pre-production prototype drive was intended as little more than a taste-test before the car's official launch, so we're really unable to shed any light on the trim levels, or exactly what will be included in each of them (Toyota Australia's executives say even they don't know yet).
But you can expect keyless entry, push-button start, powered windows, leather seats and a (BMW) multimedia system, and Toyota is pushing to have Apple CarPlay included by the time the car launches in Australia toward the back end of 2019, though it remains a question mark.
Much was made of the adaptive dampers, clever differential and four-pot Brembo brakes, but it's not yet known how much of that performance kit will arrive as standard, or if at least some of it will form part of a optional pack.