Development bosses say there's no market for a hybrid version of its sports car, even though it possesses the technology to build it

Toyota has played down the idea of a production hybrid GT86 sports car, suggesting that such a model would not “speak to the majority”.

Toyota engineers have previously spoken about having the performance hybrid technology at an advanced stage, but it appears that the firm is struggling to find a 
business case for it in the GT86.

Toyota marketing director Fabio Capano said: “We can create a product with this technology, but it needs to make proper business sense. We have to prioritise.” 

Capano cited the small market for such a car and the costs involved as the key reasons for focusing the brand’s efforts elsewhere.

However, Toyota is co-developing a larger sports car with BMW and it’s believed that this will have an advanced Le Mans-derived hybrid drivetrain using super-capacitors for extra boost.

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Our Verdict

The stated criteria for the GT86 read like a purist's manifesto: rear-drive, no turbo, ordinary tyres

This light, uncomplicated coupé promises so much. Can the Toyota GT86 deliver?

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9 June 2014
Given that the GT86 is quite expensive to start with, and a little lacking in power, i can see that adding hybrid power would be an expensive way of making it a little quicker, and likely to sell in very small numbers. Using Subarus 2.5 block would give greater potential without adding much weight, as would a turbo. However i would still like to see Toyota make a manual Hybrid, just to prove they can

9 June 2014
Europe is spoilt for choice when it comes to sport coupes. The GT86 stands out from the comparable cars for its purity which essentially includes its light weight simplicity. Battery and motors would probably add 300kg thus making little sense.

10 June 2014
A brief report about Toyota not going to do something........I'll sleep tonight!

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