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Toyota MR2 Sport Hybrid Concept Revealed [Video]

Old car, new technology

Toyota has revealed the GRMN (Gazoo Racing Master of Nurburgring) Sports Hybrid Concept at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

Based on the MR-2, the concept is a four-wheel drive hybrid which uses a mid-mounted 3.3-liter V6 and Toyota's THSII hybrid system. At slow speeds, the concept is powered exclusively by an electric motor that turns the front wheels. When more gusto is required, the V6 kicks in to motivate the rear wheels. With more than 392 bhp (total), the 1500kg concept can likely accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds.

While nothing is official, Autocar is reporting Toyota may be working on a production sports car with a similar hybrid system. Intended to rival the Honda CR-Z, the unnamed vehicle could go on sale as early as 2011.

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meizterwerk
it was amazing. the hybrid system was clever but the car itself looks vintage. It will going to be a hit if they come up with this hybrib system in a more modern design.
Jan 20, 2010 7:20 am
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norther
sounds nice, and looks like a smaller boxster. i see they used the quad exhaust again, like on the ..whats his name. and i bet they are not functional, only two of them :)). i think they should ditch the e-engine, ditch the v6, put a 2 l turbo, with 280 hp in it. and then u get a lighter, greener and more fun to drive car. and im sure cheaper too...
Jan 18, 2010 1:41 am
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GRAVE
I don't care about this, the only thing i hope from toyota is to revive the Supra
Jan 17, 2010 5:09 pm
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HEMI426
Come up with a new mr2 toyota, and no hybrid pice of s%^$^#.
Jan 16, 2010 10:13 pm
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dmanero
Finally an MR2 Body kit that I actually like, now why couldn't they have came out with something like this a couple of years back.
Jan 16, 2010 8:24 pm
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kepe
1500kg?? The 2007 MR2 weighs 980kg. The 3,3 liter V6 is of course a bit heavier than the 1,8 liter I4, but not THAT much heavier. The hybrid system should be ditched altogether if it adds almost 500kg to the weight of the car!
Jan 16, 2010 4:47 pm
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v6s_stink
I find it disturbing that automakers are more interested in greenwash marketing than in making logical cars.
Jan 16, 2010 6:06 pm
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kepe
Exactly. I'm quite sure that a 1500kg car isn't as nimble as a 980kg car. And how about the fuel consumption? With the added weight and a bigger engine the effect on fuel economy might not be that brilliant, compared to a regular MR2. Sure, it'll be a 0-emission car when driving in a city as long as the batteries last. But how about then when it runs out of electricity? And on a highway? The only proper hybrid I've heard about is still the BMW EfficientDynamics Concept...
Jan 16, 2010 7:28 pm
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v6s_stink
Batteries are heavy and full of toxic materials. They don't have a long lifespan and they have low storage capacity in the cold. I've performed environmental analysis for the US government on copper mining activities and I've been involved in super-fund clean-up activities. There is a huge environmental penalty that goes along with the weight penalty of hybrids and electric cars. The synergy system is only running in generation mode a tiny fraction of time for most drivers. It just can't pay-off in the long run. The energy you save is paid for up-front in the extra energy used for manufacture. The Prius is a small, narrow, aerodynamic car with small, narrow, high pressure tires and a little engine. It would get good mileage without synergy drive and all of its extra weight.
Jan 16, 2010 10:44 pm
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kepe
Yep, and it's a fact that diesel-powered cars are a lot more fuel efficient than the "green" hybrids with their batteries that kill the world. Hybrids will become viable once we come up with a lot more efficient way to store electricity. Until then, diesel will be the best solution. Hydrogen is also an interesting source of energy, but it takes huge amounts of electricity to produce hydrogen in the first place. Also, a proper hydrogen distribution network is needed for it to become a competitor for diesel and petrol.
Jan 17, 2010 4:45 am
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kimbo
Forget Prius, this is the only hybrid I would like to drive.
Jan 16, 2010 4:23 pm
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MTC
Finally, the Toyota we knew and loved is back
Jan 16, 2010 3:26 pm
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Dolomight 74-86
Amen to that, but I want them to bring back the chaser, celica and the supra too.
Jan 16, 2010 8:54 pm
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Renegade
Ahmm... http://www.worldcarfans.com/109062320072/toyotas-hybrid-supra-successor-to-launch-in-2011 Still, glad to see Toyota waking up.
Jan 16, 2010 2:43 pm
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RzGTmorio
I like this car, but this model will go to production for the market of EUA
Jan 16, 2010 2:34 pm
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N20_Purge
It's about time Toyota made a cool hybrid. Now get this bad boy into production asap!
Jan 16, 2010 1:55 pm
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dmanero
Highly unlikely, as the MR2 was in production but didn't fair too well. I think this is just Toyota's way of saying they can build a hybrid just as fast as some of the competitors.
Jan 16, 2010 8:25 pm
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