Recently, Toyota developed its newest sports car range, the GR nameplate, which will make its way to Tokyo as production models. This will hopefully include the brand new Supra that Toyota has been developing with BMW. But together with these models will be the GR HV Sports Concept, which will make its very first appearance in public. It is a two-seater performance vehicle with a Targa roof similar to that of Toyota’s Le Mans prototype, the TS050 Hybrid race car.
The engine can be found up front, but it brings power to the rear wheels. There are some things about the GR HV Sports concept that will remind you of the TS050 Hybrid. For instance, the unique headlights upfront come with stacks of LED clusters where there are two horizontal units floating on top of three vertical headlights.
And that is not all, the design of the concept’s alloy wheels, as well as the spoiler, is also similar to that of the TS050 Hybrid. However, once you move on to the side profile of the car, it looks more like the existing 86. But then, it looks different up front and at the rear, also because it comes with a Targa configuration and not a regular fixed metal roof. It is also a little wider than the 86, and is 5mm taller. Speaking of the 86, Toyota once came out with a concept, which they called the FT-86. It was a convertible 86 that unfortunately never reached production stage.
When building the TS050, engineers were able to develop hood vents to easily cool down the combustion engine part of the hybrid powertrain, and this was applied to the GR HV Sports concept. As seen in the photos, it is finished in a beautiful matte black appearance. To help distribute the car’s weight, engineers made sure to install the battery pack closer to the center of the vehicle, helping boost handling, while making the concept more fun to drive.
Lastly, it comes with this push ignition switch found on the shift knob that will fire up the car. Customers will be able to choose from either the standard automatic or a manual-style 6-speed mode with an H-pattern. Expectedly, the Japanese automaker is not revealing anything about the GR HV Sports concept’s performance figures, just like what they did with the new Century.
We hope that the GR HV actually hits the assembly line, considering the fact that both the exterior and the interior look pretty close to a production-ready model.
Expect to see the GR HV Sports concept beginning on October 25 at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Alongside this concept will be the Century flagship sedan, as well as the near production Crown concept.