Toyota's 2018 hybrid sports car will be the halo product of its newly launched performance division; more Gazoo hybrids will come later

Toyota will launch its 2018 Supra under the name of its newly launched road performance arm, Gazoo.

The boss of Gazoo Racing, Koei Saga, told Autocar at the Monte Carlo Rally, where Toyota was fielding its new Yaris WRC cars, that producing such a halo hybrid model was a 'dream' of his. He also suggested that Gazoo’s road car team was already making use of the brand’s racing hybrid powertrain technology.

Saga refrained from revealing what Gazoo’s range-topping model would be, but earlier inside information has suggested that the Supra was already planned to be launched under the Gazoo moniker. Whether or not this will be as the Gazoo Supra or Toyota Supra Gazoo isn't yet known.

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Saga suggested that more hybrid Gazoo models were on the cards in the future by emphasising the importance of hybrid powertrains to his division. He cited Gazoo Racing’s hybrid motorsport models, which include its World Endurance Championship LMP1 racer and hybrid-V8 Prius that competes in Japan’s Super GT 300 class.

The first production Gazoo model to be sold in Europe will be a hot version of the Yaris hatchback. Set to be revealed at the Geneva motor show in March, it is expected to have a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine that’ll produce more than 210bhp. The car will be available as a three-door only.

Saga hinted that a plan to launch more roadgoing Gazoo models in Europe after this was already in place. When asked if he wanted a full range of Gazoo models to be produced for the market, he said “of course”.

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25 January 2017
I do believe Toyota have finally got the looks of a car right. A competitor to the TT no less!

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

25 January 2017
It's just another Autocar impression. The real car may look even better than this, or not as good. But if it turns out like a bigger GT86, that can't be bad - and if you don't like it, there's always the Bee Emm...

25 January 2017
Seriously, almost as bad as the Toyota Picnic, Mitsubishi Lettuce, Nissan Cedric.... Toyota employs thousands of native English speakers. One email to check the Gazoo name could have stopped it!

 

 

 

25 January 2017
Deputy wrote:

Seriously, almost as bad as the Toyota Picnic, Mitsubishi Lettuce, Nissan Cedric.... Toyota employs thousands of native English speakers. One email to check the Gazoo name could have stopped it!

Yes indeed!

Cyborg

25 January 2017
Yea stick to the Mostly English themed Imaginative names like M sports, GT, RS, vRS etc.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

25 January 2017
I'll give you RS as tricky as when my Northern Irish friend talks bout his Audi RS it does sound like someones posterior....

 

 

 

25 January 2017
While Gazoo sounds like a character from a primary school children's book, this isn't a real Supra successor.
Come on Toyota, give us a practical & affordable coupé in the true spirit of the original!

25 January 2017
Gazoo was the name of Fred Flintstone's space friend/wizard/genie wasn't it? Certainly not a name one would say with a straight face. Mind you we did not get the GT 86 model name until Toyota deep-sixed Scion so maybe we can get just the good old-fashioned Toyota Supra in the States.

25 January 2017
So the new Supra will ditch it's Toyota moniker for Gazoo,this is a joke right?? look what happened to Toyota's last brand Scion aimed at American youth,not exactly a rip roaring success was it? lingered on and was finally put down last summer,history may repeat itself

26 January 2017
Gazooo...

The Toyota Supra! Please leave the Gazoo name back in JDM format.
Resurrect TRD, that three letters spoke volumes.

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