Gazoo Racing-influenced hybrid sports car will be shown at the Tokyo motor show

Toyota will reveal a slick-looking hybrid sports car concept called the GR HV Sports with a unique H-pattern automatic gearbox at this month’s Tokyo motor show.

Previewed in a single image, the Targa-topped two-seater is based on the structure of the GT86 but incorporates an electrified drivetrain with a six-speed automatic to drive its rear wheels.

A manual mode can be engaged via a button beneath the car’s gearknob cover that makes the lever simulate a manual gearbox. It enables drivers to control the car’s automatic shifts by physically moving the lever through the H-pattern gate.

Toyota has revealed that the electric part of the concept’s drivetrain uses hardware from Toyota’s World Endurance Championship racing car, the TS050 Hybrid, but it has yet to announce the specifications of the combustion engine side. The brand has previously experimented with hybrid technology in its GT86 behind the scenes, with Autocar reporting on it back in 2013. This new concept could be the result of that ongoing work.

The company's concept also acts as a further nod to Toyota’s hybrid sports car intentions, which will be led by the launch of the Supra, a car twinned with the next BMW Z4, in 2018.

In addition, the Tj Cruiser concept (pictured, above) will feature at the Tokyo motor show. This hybrid model hints at the brand’s future MPV and SUV design direction with retro styling, chunky dimensions and a modular interior.

Also on show will be the Toyota Crown concept, which offers a glimpse of the next-generation Japan-focused model with Internet of Things connectivity, and the next-generation Century, which is another domestic market offering.

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6 October 2017
The Alfa 156 2.5 v6 q-tronic had the same, as opposed to the Selespeed offered on the 2.0. I don't think they sold many of those.

7 October 2017

Nor was that - Porsche Sportomatic, late 60s. The ignorance of so-called motoring 'journalists' as well as many in the industry continues to bewilder.

9 October 2017

Mercedes Hydrak automatic clutch system was 1950s...

6 October 2017

But the styling revisions transform the GT86, taking it straight from the Nineties into the 21st century. 

6 October 2017

Do hope very success to their WEC harware now that it has been put to pasture in civilian ground.

7 October 2017

The Toyota GR HV sports concept styling reminds me of the 1980s Knightrider car. Stylistically, it looks wacky and tried too hard to get noticed. It seems to me the LED headlights were stripped out from the LM TS050 Hybrid racecar, plastered onto the GT86.

Hopefully this car stays a concept, always a concept.

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7 October 2017

If I'm understanding this correctly this is just a H pattern switch which has no physical link to the powertrain at all?  Come on Autocar, at least make an attempt to understand a press release!




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