Mys­tery 86 con­cept

Toy­ota pre­views fu­ture sports cars, but de­tails are thin

Motor (Australia) - - THE NEWS -

LOOK be­yond the mu­tated 86 styling, which Toy­ota says is rem­i­nis­cent of its TS050 LMP1 car, and you’re po­ten­tially look­ing at the sports car of the next decade.

Mak­ing its de­but at the Tokyo Mo­tor Show, the GR HV Sports Con­cept (Ga­zoo Rac­ing Hy­brid Ve­hi­cle) “rep­re­sents a new way to en­joy cars by in­te­grat­ing the thrill of a sports car with the en­vi­ron­men­tal friend­li­ness of an eco-car” ac­cord­ing to Toy­ota.

Tech­ni­cal de­tails are frus­trat­ingly scarce, with no men­tion of en­gine spec­i­fi­ca­tion, power, torque or weight fig­ures and per­for­mance claims, how­ever, there are enough snip­pets to at­tempt some spec­u­la­tion as to what’s go­ing on un­der­neath that matte black body­work, which Toy­ota claims “ex­presses power and ag­gres­sive­ness”.

The space con­straints of the 86 pack­ag­ing sug­gest the stan­dard 2.0-litre flat-four re­mains un­der the bon­net, how­ever, Toy­ota says the GR HV uses a hy­brid sys­tem sim­i­lar to that found in the TS050, which uses an MGU-K (mo­tor-gen­er­a­torunit-ki­netic) on each axle to re­cover en­ergy that it then stores in lithi­u­mion bat­ter­ies. In the GR HV that bat­tery is lo­cated where the rear seats are in a stan­dard 86.

Trans­mis­sion choice is also un­usual, with Toy­ota claim­ing a six-speed H-pat­tern au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. The tra­di­tional au­to­matic se­lec­tions (Park, Re­verse, Drive) are han­dled by but­tons on the cen­tre con­sole, while se­lect­ing Man­ual al­lows driv­ers to change gears man­ual-style but with­out us­ing the clutch. Again, tech­ni­cal de­tails are scarce.

At the mo­ment it’s just a con­cept, but the GR HV may point to­wards a fu­ture pow­er­train so­lu­tion for the forth­com­ing Supra.

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