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2004 Alessandro Volta: The Supercar From Toyota, Ahead Of Its Time

2004 Alessandro Volta: The Supercar From Toyota, Ahead Of Its Time

Toyota made a hybrid supercar long before it was cool; would it have worked now?

Nowadays, hybrid supercars are as common as a VW Jetta. Well, not quite, but you get the idea. Pretty much anyone into cars can name at least a few hybrid supercars off the top of his head – Ferrari SF90 Stradale, Lamborghini Sian, McLaren Speedtail, Aston Martin Valkyrie, Koenigsegg Regera, and others. What you may not know is that back when hybrid supercars were even considered, Toyota beat everyone to it. They did so with the Toyota Alessandro Volta, and this is everything we know about it.

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Gazoo Racing Has A Big Surprise for Toyota GR86 Fans

Gazoo Racing Has A Big Surprise for Toyota GR86 Fans

This very aggressive Toyota GR86 concept could become reality and we’re on board

It’s painfully obvious that Toyota isn’t interested in developing any high-performance vehicles, at least not by itself. This explains the more recent collaborations that spawned the GR Supra and 86 models. The latter, in particular, has been on the radar of tuning specialists since the beginning, as its playful chassis and less-than-sufficient power output (for some) are a good starting point for some epic builds. This time, however, Toyota isn’t about to let the tuners steal its lunch money and are giving us their vision of a serious performance proposition based on the Toyota GR86.

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You Have To See This Ridiculous Looking Toyota Supra Concept Rendering

You Have To See This Ridiculous Looking Toyota Supra Concept Rendering

It’s like the Supra and the Cybertruck had a baby

There isn’t a shortage of means to customize your Toyota Supra. The variety of widebody kits and performance tune-ups can please even the most demanding customer but it’s most often than not a rad design study that fully captures our attention.

Now, while 911s turned into off-road trailblazers are quite a common sight these days, safari-style Supras are still to be invented. This design study might make a good starting point, actually.

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2020 Toyota Owner Magazine Overland-Ready Tacoma 4WD

2020 Toyota Owner Magazine Overland-Ready Tacoma 4WD

This Tacoma comes with stuff like steel bumpers, rooftop tent, upgraded suspension system, and increased power outputs amongst other things

We’re having quite an unusual SEMA Show this year, but that hasn’t deterred automakers from coming up with special off-roading concepts. Toyota is no exception and has teamed up with 4WD Toyota Owner Magazine to develop an Overlanding concept based on the Tacoma. We’ve seen a lot of aftermarket Tacoma builds over the years, but this one stands out for the amount of equipment installed on it.

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If You Have Enough Money, You Can Have Anything - Even a Factory-Built Toyota RAV4 Limo

If You Have Enough Money, You Can Have Anything - Even a Factory-Built Toyota RAV4 Limo

Will we be seeing this stretched RAV4 on the streets of Las Vegas, then?

Regular people like to work on their hobbies once the 9-to-5 program is over and done with. Not the industrious folks over at Toyota’s Takaoka plant in Japan. No, sir. There, 200 members of the staff decided to use their off-hours time to put together this Toyota RAV4 limo.

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This Three-Axle Toyota Tacoma TRD Is Too Crazy To Describe

This Three-Axle Toyota Tacoma TRD Is Too Crazy To Describe

We’d normally dismiss such an oddity but this is just too bonkers not to like

If you happen to follow the car world’s digital illustrators, you know it’s a wild, wild world out there on our screens. Guys like Khyzyl Saleem and Ash Thorp can turn any jalopy into a hot-as-chilli restomod, and the same can be said about Jon Sibal.

Specifically, Jon came up with a re-tweak of one of his original works - a widebody Toyota Tacoma design - where he basically added a third axle to the whole thing, which now sits on not four, but six ‘meaty wheels’ as the artist calls them.

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2019 Toyota Avalon TRD Pro Concept

2019 Toyota Avalon TRD Pro Concept

This is one Toyota Avalon that you need to buckle up for

A year after unveiling a tricked-out TRD version of the Avalon, Toyota is back at it with an even more radical setup for its resident full-size four-door sedan. It’s called the Toyota Avalon TRD Pro Concept, and it’s loaded to the brim with track-spec modifications that enhance every detail of the sedan.

From aerodynamic modifications to powertrain enhancements, the Avalon TRD Pro Concept has them all. It’s a fitting homage to TRD’s 40th anniversary, though it would probably be even cooler if Toyota has plans to produce it in some capacity. For now, we can enjoy the Avalon TRD Pro Concept for what it is: a glimpse into what a full-blown, track-spec Toyota Avalon could look like if it was left in the hands of TRD. Maybe someday we can also find out what it feels like to drive.

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2019 Toyota e-Racer Concept

2019 Toyota e-Racer Concept

This sports car from the future comes with augmented reality and a unique cockpit

The 2019 Toyota e-Racer is a futuristic, open-cockpit sports car concept inspired by the world of racing. Unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, the 2019 e-Racer stands out through three features. It has a sleek and aerodynamic design, the passenger seat is placed behind the driver’s, and it features augmented reality and a special pair of digital glasses. It was developed in cooperation with Gazoo Racing and it’s not scheduled to go into production.

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2020 Toyota Mirai Sedan Concept

2020 Toyota Mirai Sedan Concept

Previews the second-generation Toyota Mirai, now with a more conventional four-door design

The 2020 Toyota Mirai Sedan Concept is a show car that previews the second-generation Mirai. Introduced in 2015, the Toyota Mirai was the first hydrogen production model offered in North America. The 2020 Mirai Sedan Concept shows a completely redesigned model on the outside, now featuring a sportier body with a four-door sedan layout. The production model will arrive in late 2020.

Although it’s labeled as a concept car, this vehicle gives us serious hints as to what to expect from the production-ready second-gen Mirai. That’s because the car you’ll find in dealerships will be almost identical. The big news besides the new exterior design and the more refined interior is the Premium RWD Platform that replaces the old architecture. And yes, this means that the second-gen Mirai will drop the FWD layout in favor of a sportier RWD setup. Toyota also promises a 30 percent increase in driving range and increased hydrogen capacity.

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2019 Toyota LQ Concept

2019 Toyota LQ Concept

This is a look into a future where you and your car are best buds

Back in 2017, Toyota brought a quirky concept vehicle called the “Concept-i” at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Now, an evolution of that same concept will debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. It goes by the “LQ Concept,” and, among other nifty tricks, the LQ Concept is largely defined by a personal assistant called ‘Yui’, which, according to Toyota, is meant to “learn from the driver and deliver a personalized mobility experience.”

In other words, the LQ Concept wants to be your friend, an unnerving thought given where these things could end up. Perceived concerns aside, the LQ Concept is a good example of Toyota’s eye towards a future where a connection between the driver and the car is of paramount importance. We’re going to learn more about the LQ Concept in Tokyo, but, for now, chalk this one up to another concept whose purpose remains years ahead of its time.

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2019 Toyota GR Supra GT4 Concept

2019 Toyota GR Supra GT4 Concept

The Japanese manufacturer tries to sell this racer as merely a concept but it looks ready to hit the track to us

The Supra name has been in a close-knit relationship with racing for decades, and this tradition is bound to continue with the fifth-generation model. After announcing that the Supra will replace the Camry in NASCAR, Toyota now gives us a preview of what could be a very popular customer racing car: the Supra GT4, the company’s first factory-developed GT4 racer.

The GT4 class is the baby brother of GT3: cheaper and less complicated to operate while also pertaining to closer wheel-to-wheel action due to the limited aerodynamic dependency of the cars in comparison to the GT3s. That’s why GT4 is, nowadays, a booming class just like TCR is in the world of touring car racing. Still, that doesn’t mean they are cheap. A Mercedes-AMG GTG GT4, for instance, will set you back $227,000 while the Multimatic-built Ford Mustang GT4 costs in excess of $260,000 but you can also go for something cheaper like the [$179,000 Porsche Cayman Clubsport GT4-art184037]. By comparison, any GT3 car is well over $400,000 to purchase.

In this context, the Supra GT4 might become a very interesting entry-level GT4 option as it’s based on a not-so-expensive platform - it’s no McLaren or Mercedes-AMG GT. It’s also an official project, and that means it has credibility on its side right out of the box. Until now, if you wanted to go GT4 racing in a Toyota, your only choice was the GPRM-developed GT86 GT4 which never really performed on par with its rivals. Things must change now that the Supra is just around the corner.

Update 3/12/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the 2019 Toyota GR Supra GT4 Concept that we took at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of the page!

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Toyota Races Into Geneva With GR Supra GT4 Concept

Toyota Races Into Geneva With GR Supra GT4 Concept

The production version will race in the FIA GT4 series

The latest-generation Toyota Supra sparked a great deal of controversy at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, but criticism won’t stop the Japanese automaker from expanding the lineup. Having unveiled a NASCAR-spec car in 2018, Toyota brought a GT4 version at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, and it looks way cooler than the production model.

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The 2019 Toyota Supra TRD Performance Concept Debuts in Japan

The 2019 Toyota Supra TRD Performance Concept Debuts in Japan

It doesn’t have any extra power yet, but it definitely looks meaner than the base model

The 2019 Chicago auto show may have stolen the headlines this week, but if it’s new Toyota Supra information that you’re after, there was nothing really new for you at the show. However, Toyota did reveal what its idea for a hotter Supra GR could look like with what it called the Supra Performance Line Concept that it debuted at 2019 Osaka Auto Messe in Japan.

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These Futuristic Wheelchair and Exoskeleton Concepts Are The Fruits of Toyota's Unlimited Mobility Challenge

These Futuristic Wheelchair and Exoskeleton Concepts Are The Fruits of Toyota’s Unlimited Mobility Challenge

This is one competition where we’d like to see the finalists bring their concepts to life

Toyota’s Mobility Foundation, in partnership with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, has unveiled the five finalists of its Mobility Unlimited Challenge. The contest was created to recognize the best new designs that help improve the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis or paraplegia. In the end, five finalists were chosen, including an Italian design house that we know more for its exotic performance car designs. Of the five finalists, two developed exoskeleton designs while another created a concept for the purpose of cultivating the electric wheelchair equivalent of a bike-sharing scheme. All five finalists received $500,000 from Toyota for making it this far in the competition. The winning designer, which will be announced in 2020, will also receive an additional $1 million for taking the competition.

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2018 Toyota Tundra PIE Pro

2018 Toyota Tundra PIE Pro

Gimmick status aside, this can actually work with a few more tweaks thrown in

Pizza chain Pizza Pie is once again digging into its bag of marketing gimmicks with the introduction of the Toyota Tundra PIE Pro. Built in collaboration with Toyota, the Tundra PIE Pro is, quite seriously, a zero-emission pickup with a robotic pizza-making factory in the truck bed. Unfortunately, the Tundra PIE Pro is nothing but a concept, dashing our hopes and dreams of one day seeing this creation pull up in our homes with a fresh pan of Pizza Hut’s finest.

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2018 Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept

2018 Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept

The iconic Supra is making a comeback!

Launched in 1978 as a sportier version of the Toyota Celica, the Supra quickly evolved into one of the company’s most celebrated models. Redesigned in 1981, 1986, and 1993, the Supra became a legend in the U.S. too, until imports were halted in 1998. The Supra nameplate was discontinued altogether in 2002 due to restrictive emissions standards. More than 15 years later, and Toyota wants to revive the name and spirit of the Supra with a modern sports car. First previewed by the FT-1 concept in 2014, the Supra is almost ready to go into production. Or at least this is what the GR Supra Racing concept shows at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show suggests.

Created by Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s motorsport division, the GR Supra was developed to demonstrate the company’s "commitment to bringing the Supra back to the market." This is pretty much official confirmation that a new Supra is underway. The concept also shows the future potential for a car that can deliver "high performance both on road and track," so it’s safe to assume that a racing version is also underway. Meanwhile, the GR Supra Racing concept will be featured in a new update of the Gran Turismo Sport video game. Let’s find out more about this concept in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept

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Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept Is Cool, But Still Not Ready For The Road

Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept Is Cool, But Still Not Ready For The Road

How much of it will we see on the street?

Arguably the most anticipated return for 2018, the Toyota Supra is finally official now that the Japanese firm unveiled the GR Supra Racing Concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Sure, it’s still a concept, and it looks a bit too wild for a production model, but it’s not as radical as the FT-1 Concept from a few years ago. More importantly, it sports many of the features seen on the camouflaged test cars, a sign that a production model with a toned-down design just around the corner.

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That Car Sitting Under The Sheets is The Toyota Supra Racing Concept

That Car Sitting Under The Sheets is The Toyota Supra Racing Concept

We’ve waited long enough for this moment to arrive

In case there are still doubts about the Toyota Supra’s hyped up 2018 Geneva Motor Show appearance, a new video taken from the show’s floor reveals what might very well be the concept we’ve been waiting years to see. The Supra concept is not packaged in the traditional way of a concept, but it should still give us a good preview of the returning sports car. Lord knows that we have waited long enough and Toyota owes us a chance to finally see the return of the Supra name. From the way it looks, it appears that we’re a few days away from Toyota finally coming through on its word. The Toyota Supra concept is finally here.

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