Toyota's supercar is electrifying

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  1. Toyota is planning a high-output hybrid supercar that could be on sale by 2007. The flagship Toyota would be the first production supercar with hybrid power, offering high performance with a low environmental impact.

    ‘If we do a supercar, we don’t want to copy everyone else,’ said Thierry Dombreval, marketing boss for Toyota Motor Europe. ‘With hybrid power we could mix high performance with green credentials.’

    At this year’s Geneva Motor Show Italdesign showed the Alessandro Volta (above), a 402bhp
    3.3-litre V6 hybrid supercar, with a claimed 155mph top speed, 0-62mph in 4.1sec and 38mpg. It was developed with Toyota.

    Although the Volta is not a running prototype, Toyota Motor Europe’s research and development boss Kazuhiko Miyadera said he has driven the company’s high-performance hybrid test car. ‘Because of the steep torque curve of an electric motor, the acceleration is very good. It’s very quick,’ he said.

    Toyota is exploring its first supercar to take advantage of its involvement in F1 and to keep up with arch-rival Nissan, which will unveil a 400bhp Skyline GT-R at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show. Toyota will also steal a march on Honda, which has canned an NSX replacement (right) in favour of a Porsche Boxster rival, still several years off.

    ‘A hybrid supercar is just right for Toyota. It is something different and fits our brand,’ said Dombreval. ‘We are leaders in hybrid technology and we could exploit it in this new way.’

    But Toyota has to overcome the resistance of supercar buyers, who judge their purchases on factors such as engine size, badge credibility and racing heritage, as well as performance. ‘We don’t think this should be a problem. We could offer something new and different that also has strong performance and is green,’ said Dombreval.

    Significantly, because of the size of their markets, both Toyota in the US and Japan are understood to be behind the idea. (Autocar)
     
  2. interesting...

    can you post the link to this article?
     
  3. #3 ajzahn, Nov 17, 2004
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  4. So they're actually going to make the thing?
     
  5. yawn

    unless you got pics and video's of what they are doing, this does nothing but promotional smack talk. Means nothing.
     
  6. You always need pictures.
     
  7. It may be some commercial trick. But still, several magazine's have done articles about this car so there must be something to it.
     
  8. IS this the same car in those spy photos everyone's babbling about?
     
  9. we'll have to wait and see if they really will go through with it.
     
  10. hybrid... hmmm
     
  11. Car companies give little snippets of info about concepts and possible production cars to magazines because they know the magazines will print it. That doesn't make it any more likely to happen.
     
  12. Well, the car will probably never come to my country, so why should a shitty little magazine here write half a page article about the car talking about it being a supra or not if it's only a commercial trick?

    We don't got either the supra, skyline or the older versions og both evo and sti because they're too expensive with all our taxes.,.
     
  13. electric cars suck.
     
  14. #14 bob777, Nov 17, 2004
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  15. #15 Dogwood, Nov 17, 2004
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  16. "But Toyota has to overcome the resistance of supercar buyers, who judge their purchases on factors such as engine size, badge credibility and racing heritage, as well as performance. ‘We don’t think this should be a problem. We could offer something new and different that also has strong performance and is green,’ said Dombreval."

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    If they do go through with production, this will be the biggest challenge.
     
  17. #17 ILikeCars, Nov 17, 2004
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    no think more of volta

    a V6 with an electric engine attached

    its like a supercharger, it gives lot of tq and it increase fuel econmy
     
  18. Dont hold your breath for a new GTR. Not as long as Renault own them.
     
  19. No, it´s this one:
     
  20. #20 962RACER, Nov 18, 2004
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    that car sure as hell looks like a modern embodyment of the mkiv supra in shape, drive train layout and overall design.
     
  21. The GTR has already been confirmed by Nissan's French boss.

    Are marketing morons running Honda now? The "VTEC rocks" campaign was a success, but now they are building a Boxster rival, presumably for Acura. What the hell is the S2000 then? Just rebadge THAT!
     
  22. stop spaming you noob!!!
     
  23. Sounds like a new Supra to me. And right now we really dont need another n00b-mobile
     

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