GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept unveiled at Tokyo Auto Salon
15 January 2010

This is the GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept - the clearest indication yet of Toyota's avowed intention to make its cars fun to drive again.

Unveiled at today's Tokyo Auto Salon, the two-seat, four-wheel drive hybrid is based on the outgoing MR2 platform, and is powered by a mid-mounted 3.3-litre V6 plus Toyota's THSII hybrid system. The net result is is 'more than 392bhp' according to Toyota.

See the GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept spy pictures

The V6 drives the rear wheels, while the electric motor propels the fronts. It can drive in silent EV mode in the city, with the V6 firing up when called upon.

The car weighs 1500kg, and unofficial reports suggest it travels from 0-60mph in under 4.5sec.

Insiders suggest a car based around the concepts of the GRMN Sports Hybrid could go on sale as soon as 2011, and that some of the motivation behind putting such a car into production is to stop Honda's CR-Z - which has comparatively moderate performance - stealing the limelight as the world's first sports hybrid car.

GRMN stand for Gazoo Racing Master of Nurburgring. Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda races for the Gazoo Racing Team, including entering recent Nurburgring 24 Hour races at the wheel of a Lexus LFA.

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15 January 2010

honda 125bhp sports car

toyota 400bhp sports car.

hmm.

How could they fit so much into a MR2 platform?

Now that they have seen what honda has produced i expect they will just have a prius drivetrain version. 1.8 130bhp petrol + the electric power motor, easy victory over honda.

15 January 2010

Pah, hardly a new concept!

http://www.aronline.co.uk/index.htm?mgtfhpdf.htm

The MG TF hybrid was shown in 2003, 200bhp, with a 160bhp mid-mounted petrol engine driving the rear wheels & 40bhp electric motor driving the front. If only it had made production... this really was forward thinking at the time.

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

15 January 2010

This is more like it!!!Green and mean all in one!

16 January 2010

[quote beachland2]Now that they have seen what honda has produced i expect they will just have a prius drivetrain version. 1.8 130bhp petrol + the electric power motor, easy victory over honda.[/quote]

Its not that easy. Honda knew no sports car can have a cvt box, hence the manual in the CR-Z. The toyota hybrid system has the electric motor in the gearbox, so it has to be an auto. The Honda system has the motor on the fly wheel so it can have any gearbox.

But you are right that the current prius drive train would provide more performance than Honda have given the CR-Z, sadly.

16 January 2010

Come on Toyota prove it!, make the car available to the motoring press.

Peter Cavellini.

24 July 2012

Toyota Rock ! and make this car for us.

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