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Sunday, August 8, 2021

It should be the supercars today said thank you to the Toyota Sera fastback

Well, it's always interesting to talk about the sports cars is featured with the butterfly door types. It's complicated but that's the automaker prerogative to pin such a spectacular door on its car model. Usually, these butterfly doors are exclusive attached on the premium sports cars but there is one car is said to be some kind of out of the box against those standards, namely the Toyota Sera.
Toyota Sera is the C-class four-seater fastback featured with the unique butterfly doors style and only sold for the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM). (Picture from: Drive2)
In fact, the Toyota Sera is not a car that belongs to the premium car category, and you could say the car can be purchased at an affordable price by everyone, but unfortunately few of us know about it in detail because actually the car is only sold in Japan (Japanese domestic market/JDM) as the C-class model.
Toyota Sera is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder front-mounted engine coupled with the 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission and capable to burst the power of 104 hp and 130 Nm of torque. (Picture from: OutstandingCars)
There are many interesting things that we can discuss from this Toyota compact car, for example from the name alone it is interesting to discuss. At first glance, Toyota wants to use the vocabulary of the Italian, namely Sera, which means 'evening at sunset.' However, we certainly doubt that the Toyota Sera is correlated with the Italian vocabulary. Obviously not suitable.
Beside its butterfly doors style, the Toyota Sera also has futuristic styling in the form of a glass roof and a cool tailgate. (Picture from: OutstandingCars)
If so, it means that we have to find out which language matches to the meaning of the 'Sera' word. Then, it was found in French, that Sera means 'will be.' Or also the Será of the Spanish which also means 'will be.' Wow, this reminds us of the 1950s Doris Day's song titled Que Será, Será. This seems appropriate to describe a positive determination in the future. Is this what Toyota meant to describe the meaning of its Sera car model? Who knows?
A wide angle shot of the interior of the Toyota Sera, showing the aircraft cockpit-like view. (Picture from: Flickr)
To be sure, the Toyota Sera had become one of Toyota's icons that came from the era of the 1990s. This car model was released in 1990, as the 2 + 2 fastback, with three doors featured with butterfly door-style as the passangers access to its cabin accompanied by futuristic styling in the form of a glass roof and a cool tailgate.
Toyota Sera's butterfly-style door uses hinges, both at the base of the pillars and on the roof, which requires only 43 centimeters of space to open. (Picture from: OutstandingCars)
Meanwhile, the Sera's butterfly-style door uses hinges, both at the base of the pillars and on the roof, which requires only 43 centimeters of space to open. A solution that was later adopted the legendary British automotive designer, Gordon Murray as a model for his  McLaren F1 project in the 1992.
The Toyota AXV-II Concept is the forerunner of the Toyota Sera which debuted in 1988. (Picture from: ToyotaAutomobileMuseum)
Before being produced, the Toyota Sera had appeared as a concept car called the Toyota AXV-II in 1988 which in general was very identical to the production version. And mechanically, the Toyota Sera is a vehicle with an FF configuration (front engine, front wheel drive) similar to the Toyota Tercel and Toyota Paseo.  And for the suspension, the Sera used the independent suspensions at front and rears. While the brakes, the car has ventilated disc brakes on the front wheels and drum brakes at the rear.
Furthermore the Toyota Sera is powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine coupled with the 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission and capable to burst the power of 104 hp and 130 Nm of torque. The Sera weight is also fairly light, which is only 890 kg which is achieved thanks to sophisticated lightweight body construction techniques. The Toyota Sera is also one of the first cars had applied with projection headlights.
Indeed, initially Toyota really hopes to market the Sera in large numbers. Unfortunately, the Japanese economy was experiencing a heavily depression at that time which forced the Jap automotive giant to stop production of the Sera in 1995, with a total production of 15,941 units (consisted of 3 variants) in the period 1990-1995. It is only natural that the Toyota Sera is now being one of the most sought after and hunted cars by the JDM's car collectors. Are you one of those looking for this car? *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | ID.MOTOR1 ]
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