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Toyota GR HV SPORTS concept car
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Toyota GR HV SPORTS concept car

If you thought the Toyota 86 / Scion FR-S/ Subaru BRZ needed a bit of creative rethinking, apparently so does Toyota.

First, it features a targa-style, removable top over the passenger bay. Since basically no carmakers outside the supercar realm really offer this anymore, that alone is reason to think Toyota’s on to something. They’ve also made this a hybrid, but don’t worry; it’s an interesting one.

The battery is mid-mounted, so like the famed, mid-engine MR2 sports cars of Toyota’s past, the car would theoretically rotate easily around its center of mass. And it gets a trick automatic transmission–it looks like a standard gearbox, but it’s actually a shiftable auto with a traditional six-speed pattern. Yes, it still has an internal-combustion up front.

Would there be room to hybrid-ize the 86? Would they actually build this kind of sports car? We have no clue. But it’s a very intriguing idea. And no, we don’t know, either, if this concept is some kind of “tell” for what the future sports car that Toyota is building in partnership with BMW might have for a drivetrain. Still, the GR HV is compelling all on its own.

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