Toyota finally unwraps the GR HV Sports Concept with Targa top

Article by Christian A., on October 9, 2017

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.

Press Release

Toyota to Unveil GR HV SPORTS concept at Tokyo Motor Show 2017

Presenting a new way of enjoying cars
Toyota City, Japan, October 6, 2017―Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) is set to unveil the GR HV SPORTS concept car at its worldwide premiere at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017*, taking place from October 25 through November 5 at Tokyo Big Sight. The GR HV SPORTS concept represents a new way to enjoy cars by integrating the thrill of a sports car with the environmental friendliness of an eco-car.

Main Features
The design is reminiscent of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing's TS050 Hybrid racing car that competes in the World Endurance Championship (WEC).
Features a targa top that was also used for Toyota's legendary convertible sports cars, the Toyota Sports 800 (a.k.a. Yotahachi) and the Supra
Powered by THS-R (Toyota Hybrid System-Racing) that is infused with hybrid technology refined by the TS050 Hybrid
Design
While completely embodying functionality as a genuine sports car, the GR HV SPORTS concept features LED headlights, aluminum wheels, and a rear diffuser similar to the TS050 Hybrid. The design evokes Toyota's bond with motor sports.
The matte black body color expresses power and aggressiveness.
Interior
A selection switch to choose the automatic gear position is located in the center cluster to achieve a racing car-like ambience.
The push button ignition switch is playfully located on the shift knob.
Enjoyment of control
Drivers can delight in the performance of THS-R in a genuine sports car while experiencing a sense of freedom thanks to the targa top.
Switching to manual mode is possible with the single press of a button, and 6-speed manual-style driving with H-pattern shifting can be enjoyed (the car is an automatic).
The hybrid battery is mounted near the center of vehicle. Installing the heavy battery in the center contributes to improved performance as a sports car.
Main Specifications
Name Length
(mm) Width
(mm) Height
(mm) Driveline Seating
(occupants)
GR HV SPORTS concept 4,395 1,805 1,280 Front engine, rear-wheel-drive 2
*The 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017 is to be held at Tokyo Big Site in Tokyo's waterfront area from October 25 through November 5, with press days on October 25 and 26, a special-invitation day on October 26, a preview day on October 27, and general public days from October 28 to November 5.

Source: Toyota

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