Toyota To Debut Concept Hybrid Sports Car

Toyota envisions that punch to be a rear-wheel-drive Hybrid Sports Concept (HSC) that develops 400 horsepower.

Published: 26-Dec-2006

The Detroit auto show is a huge theater, a Las Vegas-like stage where carmakers do their best to thrill and amaze a world audience. Toyota will step up this year and present its FT-HS Hybrid Sports Concept, a futuristic sports car that would be powered by a 400-horsepower hybrid powertrain.

Of course, the Toyota FT-HS Hybrid Sports Concept is just a concept, little more than a container for the overheated dreams of a bunch of designers at Calty Design Research, Toyota's design studio in Newport Beach, California. In fact, what you see here is only a two-dimensional animation, a computer-generated image of the show car that Toyota will roll out at the Detroit auto show on Sunday, January 7, 2007.

Whatever, it's enough to get us thinking about the next Toyota Supra, which the automaker feels it needs to compete with Nissan's one-two high-performance punch of the 350Z and the coming Skyline GT-R.


The 'Bluetec Hybrid' diesel is based on the three-litre V6 in the new S-class but reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by about 80 percent through selective catalytic reduction, making it the cleanest diesel in the world.

Besides a convertible version of the Eclipse sport coupe Spyder (below), Mitsubishi will also unveil a compact sport-hatchback concept called Concept-CT MIEV powered by a hybrid-electric drivetrain.

The world's cleanest family car is adopting a fresh face for 2006 with changes to the styling of its headlamps and rear light clusters, and a restyled front grille.


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