Mercedes has the SLS AMG E-Class and Audi has the R8 E-tron, but what about Toyota? A recent report from MotorTrend suggests that the company is preparing an all-electric supercar that will compete with these two models. An official debut is expected to be made in 2015, but the first prototypes are already testing at Nurburgring.
Although there are no official details on the future car, it is expected to be powered by four electric motors, one at each wheel with a total output of 500 HP and a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in around 4 seconds.
The prototypes caught testing in Germany feature a large grille and air intakes beside the headlights that are used to provide sufficient cooling for the electric motors. This electric supercar is said to be borrowing information from Tesla as well as utilizing the expertise gained from the work done on the Lexus LF-A. We also have to remind you that recently company CEO Akio Toyoda signed a deal to invest some $50 million in the electric sports car maker Tesla so this might have been the beginning of the project we are seeing unfold before our very eyes.
The latest edition of Best Car is no different. In this issue, the magazine runs a story regarding the soon-to-be-released Toyota FT-86, only this time, the story mentions that Toyota may also release a tuned-up version of the FT-86, which the magazine is calling the ’FT-86F’.
Unfortunately, we got lost in translation just by looking at the magazine so we really couldn’t piece together what the article was talking about. But thankfully, the rendering of the supposed FT-86F showed enough changes from the standard model that it was relatively easy to spot the more aggressive styling cues in the car, including those enormous air-intakes on each side of the bumper, a rear wing spoiler at the back, an upgraded hood and two modified center-mounted exhaust pipes.
Check out the photos of the magazine and see the differences yourself.
A few new details have surfaced surrounding the future Toyota-Subaru compact sports car. Apparently the vehicle’s official debut will be made at the end of 2011, however it will be powered by a smaller engine than originally anticipated in order to reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency.
Under the hood the automakers will keep the 2.0 Liter boxer engine, except that instead of having 200 direct injected horses on tap, at the moment it will only make 160 HP, some 40 HP less than previously anticipated. The gears will initially still be shifted by a 6 speed manual transmission with an automatic version being offered later on.
One of the future AE86’s keys to success is a lightweight fun to drive formula, so weight for the future Toyobaru sport compact is expected to be around 1200 kg. The engineers will have to keep off every unnecessary pound in order to get the most out of the detuned power plant.
Honda is hard at work preparing the future CR-Z hybrid sports car, so today it was Toyota’s turn to step up to the plate, and they did! The future sombrero wearing Japanese compact will be a sports coupe hybrid model based on the Prius. The new sports car is supposed to be called MR-2 and will debut in the middle of 2012.
The Prius coupe will be shorter than the popular hybrid by about 10 cm and will be powered by the same 1.8L 2ZR-FXE engine and Hybrid Synergy Drive from the 2010 Toyota Prius five door hatchback. The only modification will be that the future MR-2 will be tuned to make a maximum output of 136 HP.
The new model will be a 2-door coupe model with a 2+2 layout accommodating a pair of back seat passengers. Even if the car looks a lot like the future Toyota “AE86” compact FR sports car being produced in conjunction with Subaru, the two models will appeal totally different buyers. Although it looks like the hybrid power plant will be located between the front fenders and send power to the front wheels, it would be nice to see a proper midship runabout return to Toyota’s lineup.
By now you have most likely heard about the world’s smallest 4 passenger car that comes with a 1.0 liter engine that gets 54 miles per gallon. The iQ is what Toyota likes to call a premium minicar, that is because even though the car is diminutive in size, weighing about 2,200 pounds, it is still priced around 1.5 million Yen (about $15,000). What you may not know is that Toyota has been planning on producing an open air version of the iQ for quite some time.
The Japanese publication, Motor Magazine, released this rendering of the funky roadster that sources at Toyota claim is scheduled to make its world debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon that will be held from October 23 through November 8, 2009.
Toyota Yaris has been first unveiled in 1999. In its second generation (first was sold until 2005), the Yaris will receive its first facelift for 2009.
Compared to the current Yaris the facelifted one will get a smaller grille and the bumper gets a new design(look around the fog lights). It also seems that the rear lights are repositioned. No information on the engines, but we are sure that cleaner and more efficient engines will also be introduced.
Toyota will unveil the new Prius next year at the Detroit Auto Show, with sales to begin in USA in April 2009. The latest spy shots revealed that the differences between the current and the future generation will be minimal.
Toyota will unveil a whole family for the Prius: a station wagon and a convertible are also set to be released.
Under the hood Toyota will place a new 1.6 liter engine, while the Hybrid Synergy Drive system will be carried over. The fuel consumption will be improved despite the new engine. The 2010 Prius will be built in both Japan and USA, at the Toyota’s Mississippi plant.
Yesterday we were reporting that the Subaru Impreza Coupe will make its official debut in 2010. And today we bring you the first proof of this future Toyota-Subaru RWD Coupe: the first ever spy shots.
This spy shots were made outside a test center in the UK and even if the mule use a lot of Subaru Legacy parts, there are some parts that prove we are watching something else: a pair of Recaro bucket seats that hint at a strongly sporting nature, as well as a strangely visible Toyota emblem in the rear seat area.
The model still has no name, but what we can tell you for sure is that the coupe will use a 2.0 liter boxer engine with about 220 hp. All the power will be send to the rear wheels using a six-speed gearbox.
Set to be launched in late 2010 or early 2011, the future RWD coupe will have a price starting under $20.000.
The new Toyota Sequoia SUV has been spotted in lightly camouflaged form testing in the States.
The SUV is expected to be introduced at the Chicago Auto Show next February.
Predictably, the Sequoia looks a lot like the Tundra on which it is based. It is expected to have the same powertrain options, too. Overall, the vehicle has the same rounded, somewhat overstuffed, lines first popularized by the Ford (...)
Spy pictures posted on a number of internet sites, including TopSpeed.com showed a test mule that appeared to be either the new small Nissan sports car (our bet) or a mule for the new 350Z. But a mystery has been created by one spy photo. That photo shows another car following the test mule. The other car has one wiper and what appear to be air scoops, big ones, on the rear quarter panels. The upcoming car expected to have those features isn’t a Nissan. It’s the Lexus LF-A. Spy pictures (...)
The next generation Corolla will be an evolution of the present model, and it is sitting on Toyota’s recently developed 300N/MC platform. The Corolla will be furthermore the base for a number of new models by Toyota, including the next RAV4, the Avensis and Previa.
It will be available sometime in mid 2007 but it will be fully redesigned, with more power and a bigger interior.