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Toyota’s hybrid roadster concept


The GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II.

Toyota could revive its MR2 nameplate after revealing a stunning new roadster concept.

The Japanese brand is already on a mission to win back the hearts of keen drivers with its upcoming FT-86 coupe that could bring the Celica name back to Toyota showrooms.

The GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II is the company’s second preview of a potential mid-engined two-seater, following the original concept shown in early 2010.

It’s again based on the old MR2’s platform, though the new GRMN – which stands for Gazoo Racing tuned by Meister of Nurburgring – features a more curvaceous and sculpted design that visually ties it closer to the FT-86 coupe.

Power is still from an all-wheel-drive petrol-electric drivetrain, though the V6 increases in size from 3.3 to 3.5 litres and power jumps to 220kW. The engine and electric motor are borrowed from the Lexus RX450h hybrid soft-roader.

Toyota is reportedly considering production of the open-seater sports car if there’s a positive public reaction to the car that will make its debut at the Nurburgring 24 Hour race being held in Germany this weekend.

The hybrid roadster is larger than the previous concept, with a length of 4350mm and width of 1890mm making it slightly bigger than an Audi TT. A height of just 1200mm is lower than an Mazda MX-5.

Toyota’s new push to attract driving enthusiasts can be attributed to CEO Akio Toyoda, who is a keen racer.

The “Meister of Nurburgring’ tag is a reference to Hiromu Naruse, the company’s late veteran test driver who was killed in a car crash last year.

33 comments so far

I’d like to see a few more photo’s from other angles, but it gets my tick. Hopefully toyota wouldn’t make it too plasticy

Commenter Ben Date and time June 24, 2011, 12:45PM

What on gods earth were they thinkin when they designed the back end! The front end and tyres look good.

Commenter Bird Location Langy Date and time June 24, 2011, 12:51PM

looks great, more power please.

Commenter bhelo Location melbourne Date and time June 24, 2011, 12:58PM

Maybe Toyota’s Business Model wasn’t so bad after all. Build up Sales and Cash Flow by efficiently making Product that people buy and then once there is excess Cash, start branching out.

Styling could be cleaner like the MX5 is but not bad for a first attempt. Length and Width Dimensions are a tad on the large size though.

Commenter MVF Date and time June 24, 2011, 1:07PM

Great styling, but perhaps a little too much emphasis on the flared arches. Strange to see an auto trans in a car like this; would’ve expected a 6-speed – auto might be a function of the hybrid drivetrain. Although I have some doubts about the driveability of a clutch-free petrol-electric MR2, go ahead Toyota, make my day and bring it out.

Commenter johnniesazzler Location Port Kembla Date and time June 24, 2011, 1:08PM

MR2 would have been success if it was 4 seater with option of 6 speed manual gear which Australia missed out on. Having FT86 planned to release mid next year, AWD could be good approach to seperate the two sports. This car will not sell more than S2000 therefore the price will definately be close to AU$70k. Offcourse Japanese will get them $38K and US at $32K.

Commenter Balance is everything Location Japan Date and time June 24, 2011, 1:14PM

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Akuma are you reading this.

Commenter RS3200 Location Newcastle Date and time June 24, 2011, 1:25PM

What a fantastic looking car (on the outside)! Looks like it has taken a little design inspiration from Lotus, Aston Martin and even some Porsche, while still looking like a modern successor to the MR2 – but hotter. However the interior looks like a B-sides compilation from the Toyota/Lexus parts bin. The gorgeous exterior needs to move on inside the car a little.

Long overdue from Toyota, but better late than never. I’ve long bagged modern Toyotas, but this is certainly something I could see myself in.

@bhelo – more power? Are you serious. 220kW is equal to the first version of the GenIII 5.7L V8 and that was in a relative behemoth! Sports cars need drivability and flexability, not raw horses. 220kW is more than enough in a two seat roadster.

We’ll never hear the end of it from Akuma, though.

Commenter Jez Location Melbourne Date and time June 24, 2011, 1:25PM

Nice. Hope i’d find one of these in the used classified section in 10 years time for $20K. It would sit nicely on the drive way beside the 370Z Roadster with a Veilside bodykit.

Commenter Shao Kahn Location Black Hole Date and time June 24, 2011, 1:34PM

@RS3200

Yep. It’s a joy riders dream.

@Jez

Thought you had enough of me? I wish they took this to Pikes Peak for a race on a wet rainy day.

Commenter President Akuma Location Asia Date and time June 24, 2011, 1:38PM

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