At last, Toyota released today the first photos with its all-new Yaris Hybrid-R Concept that will be unveiled next week at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). For those who don’t know, the new Yaris Hybrid-R Concept is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder petrol engine developing 300 hp and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque.
The power of the petrol engine is delivered to the front wheels. Each rear wheel is powered by an electric motor and deliver 120 hp. There is also a third electric motor located between the conventional power unit and the six-speed sequential gearbox. The two electric motors work as electric generators during the braking phase, and supplement the petrol engine during the accelerating phases.
Just like in the TS030 Hybrid, the energy recovered during the braking phase is stored in a super capacitor. In the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R it is located under the rear seat, where the Yaris Hybrid battery is usually positioned.
Regarding the exterior design, we admit that it looks real good and it is successfully completed by the 18-inch TRD alloy wheels wrapped in high-performance Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires. Inside, the racing theme is continued and the Yaris Hybrid-R comes with dual-tone Recaro sports bucket seats and a sports steering wheel.