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Toyota GRMN Sport Hybrid Concept II (MR2-based hybrid sports car)

Anybody see this? Any thoughts?

http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2...velopment.html
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Gasoline powered rear wheels and electric powered front wheels. That's wild. I'm interested. Looks sporty too.


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I just read the same article on Jalopnik, lol.
I think its a cool idea, but I dont think it will fill the shoes the of the last three generations since its drive system is totally different. And the rear end is too funky for me. I always saw the MR2 as the ultimate sophistication in simple sports cars. This has so much going on it boggles my mind.
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...This has so much going on it boggles my mind.
Hmm. It doesn't have that effect on me. The 'going on' is just a trim line...the body is pretty simple.
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looks like a new eclipse with a wild body kit...rear tires are terribly undersized for those wheelwelss.
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Hmm. It doesn't have that effect on me. The 'going on' is just a trim line...the body is pretty simple.
my AW11 has forever tainted me
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soooo ugly.....also its 4wd and automatic which kills it for me. all that electric crap up front AND a big V6 in the back are going to make this thing heavy too.
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No thanks. To echo others - too much going on trim wise for me. The body lines are all over the place. It's ugly, convertible and a bad color to boot.
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NAhh i pass this is more like the new toyota GRC (generic roadster convertible) and i'd say not bad if that were it....
but the fact that its a concept "based" on an mr2... its like a kick in the [email protected]
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Flywheel hybrid is the way to go for sports cars.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars...ybrid-flywheel

Telsa discontinues roadster.

http://autos.yahoo.com/news/tesla-ro...-the-line.html

With the CRZ already out, I think Toyota is too far behind the curve- if there ever was a market for a sport electric hybrid. The battery tech has too many drawbacks that it's hardly worth using with today's efficient engines. Plus, they didn't start using battery hybrids on bad ass race cars, unlike flywheel hybrid. I still think it would still be a great car to drive while the batteries were good. Toyota has been throwing money at this half-gas/half-electric concept for a decade now (google Toyota 'volta'). However I think by the time it reaches market, it will be outdated by flywheel hybrid technology.
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If they kept the battery packs small to reduce unnecessary weight, and put a VVti 3SGTE in the back with a T3 turbo and programmable ECU, then I think they could be on to a winner
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i like it. well everything until the rear show and wheel size
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looks like a spyder with a new body kit and a revamp drivetrain...wait...it is a spyder with a new body kit and a revamp drivetrain!.

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Look at the brakes. They obvious expect enough of a performance potential to put those huge brakes on that car. Those brakes will only clear 18s.

consider this car has 300hp just in the V6+ 100hp in the hybrid system and weighs around 3300lbs. That gives it better performance figures than a Mitsu Evo. It's hard to deny the performance potential of this concept.

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I think its absolutely fantastic. Just seeing Toyota designing things that are not Corollas and Camrys is great! The spyder was a great chassis, just had a crap engine and looks only a mother could love. The looks on this are aggressive and interesting. Putting some good power on this thing would be awesome.
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Just wish Toyota would build something, Tired of Corollas & Camrys. Supra Or MR2 just get it on!!!!
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If you guys read how Mazda wants to make their Miata under 2Klbs, I imagine toyota may do something similar. Having a hybrid drive train could mean serious power for this guy if it ever came into production. You may snicker and sneer at it now, but when it pulls away and keeps on going, it will be hard to deny that this thing is good.

If you guys have ever driven the new Volt, it's torquey as heck. This will likely feel like that, except when you get to the car's natural power band, the motor will take you the rest of the way.

And like the CRZ, I don't believe it would get better than 40mpg. Even less if us MR2 people drove it like we stole it. Daily.
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not my thing.But happy to see another MR2 kind of car from Toyota.
could be looking much better in a more sportive color.
that brownish thing is strange.
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