Reborn Supra and MR2 to join a Japanese explosion in sports hybrids and EVs

Toyota is set to lead a raft of Japanese hybrid sports cars with a successor to the MR2 and a reborn Supra. Both are due within the next four years.

Scheduled for late 2013, the MR2 replacement will have a hybrid powertrain based on a 1.5-litre petrol engine.

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The model was originally going to use a V6 hybrid powertrain, but the success of Honda’s CR-Z in Japan is said to have prompted a rethink.

The Supra successor — previewed by the FT-HS (Future Toyota Hybrid Sport) at the 2007 Detroit show — was said to have been canned. But strengthening hybrid sales have earned the model a second chance, so a new Supra — powered, like the FT-HS, by a V6 hybrid powertrain — is back on track.

The model’s development is now running almost in parallel with that of the FT-86. That car, a joint project with Subaru, has been delayed until at least 2013.

Toyota’s hybrid sports models will be joining an increasingly crowded market. Honda is planning its own high-performance hybrid sports car, and Nissan and Mitsubishi are planning to go a step further with all-electric sports cars.

Nissan’s two-door sports EV is said to use the Leaf for key mechanicals and both the Leaf and the Landglider concept for its inspiration. The car is unlikely to adopt the Landglider’s ability to lean into corners, though. It’s due to be launched in late 2014.

Mitsubishi, meanwhile, is planning a two-door sports version of the i-MiEV electric city car by 2012. And, as revealed by Autocar, it is also planning to switch its Evo to a hybrid powertrain.

Mazda is one mainstream brand that seems reluctant to join the pack. Its next-generation MX-5, due in 2012, will employ downsized versions of the firm’s new SkyG engines — possibly 1.3-litre units with turbocharging — but it won’t get a hybrid.

Peter Lyon

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24 June 2010

That would be the late toyota test driver.

I think mazda will do the best with its 1.3 turbo mx5.

if it has 160bhp it will be great.

24 June 2010

Thank goodness for that! Long overdue. Strange that Naruse's baby should break cover the day he was killed...

24 June 2010

[quote beachland2]

That would be the late Toyota test driver.

I think Mazda will do the best with its 1.3 turbo MX-5 - if it has 160bhp it will be great.

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Personally, I'm waiting for the MX-5 with a Wankel engine... or maybe I can just find a written-off RX8 to nick the engine and gearbox from. The high-revving, torqueless character of the Wankel would be better suited to the smaller, lighter MX-5.

24 June 2010

[quote beachland2]

I think mazda will do the best with its 1.3 turbo mx5.

if it has 160bhp it will be great.

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The current standard for turbocharging is 130hp per Litre ccm, meaning 169hp should be easily done.

24 June 2010

Why is it Toyota can fashion sleek headlights for its sports car but Jaguar gives us a fried egg?

24 June 2010

[quote Los Angeles]Why is it Toyota can fashion sleek headlights for its sports car but Jaguar gives us a fried egg?[/quote]

Indeed!

24 June 2010

[quote Los Angeles]

Why is it Toyota can fashion sleek headlights for its sports car but Jaguar gives us a fried egg?

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Some people like fried eggs.

24 June 2010

[quote Uncle Mellow]Some people like fried eggs. [/quote]I'm sure they do, but that doesn't answer the question.

24 June 2010

don't bring them to the shores of Nürburgring!

and don`t fit floor mats and...

better, scrap the full idea alltogether for your and our health sake!

24 June 2010

I hope they update the mr2 but keep the mk1 / mk3 philosophy. A car i never understood why they stopped making.

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