Toyota GR HV Sports concept to premiere at Tokyo Motor Show

By Simon Davis

Toyota has pulled the covers off its new GR HV Sports concept car ahead of its premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.

The two-seater sports car uses an electrified drivetrain that powers the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox. While the Japanese manufacturer has not confirmed the specifications of the combustion engine side, it has confirmed the electric part of the drivetrain uses components from the TS050 Hybrid endurance racer.

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The automatic gearbox can be switched to manual mode for greater driver involvement. Instead of steering wheel-mounted paddles, a gear shifter sits in an H-pattern gate that effectively allows drivers to replicate the action of changing gears as they would with a traditional manual gearbox.

Other features include a targa roof for open-top driving, LED headlights, aluminium wheels and a rear diffuser. A push-button ignition switch is housed on the gear knob.

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According to Toyota, “the GR HV Sports concept represents a new way to enjoy cars by integrating the thrill of a sports car with the environmental friendliness of an eco-car”.

Also being revealed alongside the sports car is the TJ Cruiser concept. The Japanese manufacturer says the “van and SUV fusion genre is aimed at drivers with active lifestyles”.

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The modular interior has been designed with storage in mind. The front and rear passenger seats can be folded completely flat, meaning items up to three metres in length can be placed in the cabin.

The Tokyo Motor Show runs from October 25 to November 5.

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