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Toyota RSC (Rugged Sport Coupe) front view

Toyota RSC (Rugged Sport Coupe) rear view

Toyota RSC (Rugged Sport Coupe) side view

Toyota RSC (Rugged Sport Coupe) interior
Make Toyota
Model RSC
Concept year 2001
Production year -
Engine -

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 concept car.

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.

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