This Is Toyota's New Hybrid Sports Car

1y ago


At the moment, Toyota doesn't seem to be overly interesting. Yes they have the new Supra on the horizon, but something about that car doesn't excite me. I'm not sure whether it's the connection to BMW, or the fact that I know it won't be able to fill the boots of its legendary family history.

The GT86, while a brilliant car, is now becoming outdated as well. Until now, as Toyota will be showing this concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. This is what happens when you leave a GT86 in the same room as the Batmobile and let them get cushy.

While the front of the Toyota GR HV doesn't look so appetising, the rear looks seriously aggressive and very mean. And that's good, because with a Le Mans inspired hybrid powertrain, it's likely that the only part of this car seen by people will be the rear as it overtakes you.

As of yet, Toyota hasn't given us any figures, but we suspect that this car will have the same underlying principles as the GT86. Lightweight, fun, and exciting, but with maybe a few more horses. This is exactly what Toyota needs right now.

It will have excellent weight distribution with the hybrid system sitting in the middle of the car, and although it looks like a restyled GT86, it will have an entirely different platform. Sound good? Well... it will be an automatic. Kind of.

Atop the gear lever, it will have a big red button. Like the one from Men in Black but better. Once pressed, it allows you to change gears manually, minus the clutch though unfortunately. But is this the way manual cars will be going in the future? While it's not perfect, it will do.



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Comments (22)
  • oh they forgot to paint it

    1 year ago
  • To be fair to Toyota It's not a bad effort overall. I like the back end, it looks a little LFA-ish and the swooping lines on the flanks of the car gives that arse a nice plump look. I don't know if the Venturi Tunnel needs to be so large though (if at all), the exhaust seems badly placed because of it causing that bottom end to look a little out of sorts.

    The front end though, it's trying too hard, to me it looks like the mongrel of a Nissan GTR and a Lamborghini Reventon and the bonnet scoops scream 'boy racer(!)'. I think the headlights would look more handsome horizontal than vertical and that gopping front air intake should go.

    EDIT: Is it me or does the side-on view remind you of the Honda Prelude from the 90's? Probably not. I must need sleep, it's 3 a.m and I'm here shitposting on Drive Tribe.

    1 year ago


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