The Toyota RSC (Rugged Sport Coupe) was designed by CALTY
Design Research, Toyota's North American Design Center
based in Newport Beach, California, and was first shown
at the 2001 Chicago Auto Show.
The RSC was developed to test the waters regarding a next-generation
sports car aimed at the adventurous younger buyer.
The RSC's designers were given a great amount of freedom
during the project, with a pretty open brief and no designated
platform or drivetrain to adhere to. The RSC was a true
The futuristic and rugged two-door body is especially
appealing in profile, the front being slightly too cluttered,
and the rear being too soft. The designers have also given
the RSC a very mechanical appearance, with exaggerated
sharp lines and dominating wheel arches making the vehicle
look very masculine.
Inside, the Toyota RSC's cockpit was designed to look
like it was produced in a race shop, not a production
line, and the high-mounted sequential shifter is directly
influenced by modern rally cars.
Essentially the Toyota's Rugged Sport Coupe is just that,
not a sports
car for the road, but for the off-road.
An interesting and attractive idea, but also one with
an extremely limited market.
Similar and related vehicles:
Toyota F3R Minivan
Toyota Alessandro Volta
Toyota FJ Cruiser