Toyota's next-generation GRMN SPORTS HYBRID Concept II
Toyota has developed the SPORTS HYBRID Concept II, which features a 4WD sports hybrid system and an entirely new suspension for greater handling and performance.
"Our aim in making this model was to offer a sporty car in the hybrid category, which is Toyota's signature strength."
"This car has an open top, so when you're running on the quiet motor, you can enjoy the sound of the wind, or the waves if you're driving along the seafront. In town, you get low fuel costs, and on the circuit, you get sporty performance. We planned, designed, and built this car with all those things in mind."
"Basically, the cockpit systems come from the MR-S, but everything else is newly designed. In particular, we've done something unusual, in that we've built an entirely new suspension for this car. The rear suspension is especially important, so we've used a new type of multi-link. We've also paid attention to braking, with new opposed brakes for both front and rear. The aluminum wheels have also been designed especially to suit this car."
"Basically, we've used the 3.5 liter hybrid system from the Lexus RX450h. In that system, there's the engine and a motor at the front, and just a motor at the rear. This car uses a 4WD system that's arranged the other way round."
"Compared with the Lexus RX450h, this car is 600 kg lighter. So it gives you plenty of speed and acceleration."
"In line with our slogan "Fun to drive, again", we hope this car will appeal to people who know the thrill of driving fast. We'd like them to enjoy that feeling again."