Toyota's revised hardcore hybrid roadster gets more power and updated styling
22 June 2011

Toyota has said that it is “considering a production version,” of its sports hybrid GRMN convertible concept.

A revised version of the same car - first shown at last year's Tokyo Auto Salon - will be revealed at this weekend’s Nürburgring 24-hour endurance race.

See the official pic of the new sports hybrid GRMN convertible concept

Much like the old car, power is fed to all four wheels via a mid-mounted V6 petrol engine for rear drive, whilst an electric motor borrowed from the Lexus RX450 drives the front. It can drive in silent EV mode in the city, with the V6 firing up when called upon.

Engine displacement has been increased by 200cc to 3.5-litres, with power up from 208bhp to 246bhp. When combined with the electric motor, the revised roadster produces a maximum output of 295bhp, up from 268bhp. Weight has also increased by 200kgs to 1500kgs.

Externally, the ‘Ring car features ‘advanced styling,’ according to Toyota. Gone are the heavily influenced MR2 details – the platform on which it’s based. The front nose is far more rounded – almost shark-like – and the headlights are no longer enclosed. The front bumper, too, is completely redesigned with a more aggressive front splitter.

Read more about the first-generation GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept

At 4350mm long, 1890mm wide and 1200 tall, the GRMN is 270mm longer, 150mm wider and 195mm lower than the Honda CR-Z, the closest comparative model as a sports hybrid car.

Alex Kersten

See all the latest Toyota reviews, news and video



Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK
  • Volvo V90
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The Volvo V90 is a big estate ploughing its own furrow. We’re about to see if it is refreshing or misguided
  • Kia Stonic
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Handsome entrant into the bulging small crossover market has a strong engine and agile handling, but isn’t as comfortable or complete as rivals