2018 Toyota GR HV Sports Concept is one of the cars represented on last Tokyo Auto Show as a new concept of sporty cars. As we saw, the car is based on Toyota TS050 model already proven at Le Mans race, but with different design and features. However, the design is borrowed from the also famous Toyota 86, but only in details. In terms of the engine performances, there is a new, sporty, hybrid engine and some improvements in the transmission which is not only automatic, but it can be changed by a button in the cabin.
2018 Toyota GR HV Sports Concept is made as every sporty car at first glance. Made to be low and chubby on sides, this model has Targa top and a two-seat cabin with modern details on the outside. Mat black color is obviously to add more elegance to already an elegantly sports model, while the sharp front end has wide air intake and interesting front lights separated on three LED lines.
Some Toyota sporty cars fans could be disappointed with fact that 2018 Toyota GR HV Sports Concept has a hybrid engine that is not usual on sports cars. However, the manufacturer promises an interesting combination of a 2.0-liter flat-four engine and an electric motor under the hood. The only thing we know about this combination is that the manufacturer called it shortly THS-R which stands for “Toyota Hybrid System-Racing” and that it is already seen on TS050. One of the main changes is that the battery is mounted at the center of the car, which increases the speed of the car.
Now, let say something about the transmission in 2018 Toyota GR HV Concept. As we said it is an automatic transmission but with optional changing from the cabin only with one button. So now this six-speed automatic transmission could be switched during driving on a manual transmission. The car is offered as rear wheel driving system only.
2018 Toyota GR HV Sports Concept Release Date and Price
Even though 2018 Toyota GR HV Sports Car sounds and looks like a great idea that could fulfill the class of race sporty cars, similar to Honda CR-Z and a Mazda MX-5 RF, we still are not sure if this model will be at the market at all. The manufacturer said that whole concept is still on the table, so nothing is for sure. On the other hand, the new car should be produced very soon as the old Toyota 86 is dying.