Toyota Supra: Next Supra could be a hybrid

V6 and electric motor work together to give Toyota FT-HS concept 400bhp

Officially billed purely as a concept car but rumoured to be a certainty for production, the Toyota FT-HS occupies a slot in the market once filled by the Supra but has 21st century credentials – namely a hybrid powertrain.

Designed and engineered in California, where such things carry considerable political, social and commercial clout, the FT-HS is powered by a combination of a 3.5-litre V6 and a version of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive electric motor system already employed in the Prius and Lexus RX400h. Between them the two propulsion units generate the equivalent of 400bhp, enough to sling the coupe’s lightweight body from rest to 60mph in less than 5.0sec.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

Front-engined, rear-wheel-drive and with all its batteries sitting low on the floorpan to keep the centre of gravity low, the FT-HS is claimed to provide genuinely sporting dynamics.

With its carbon-Kevlar roof panel in place, the concept is (just about) a 2+2, but if you fancy driving alfresco then you have to ditch your passengers as the roof stows over the rear seats.

Most Popular

2021 Land Rover Discovery 5 updated with fresh tech and engines
Land Rover Discovery

2021 Land Rover Discovery 5 updated with fresh tech and engines

Updated Discovery receives latest JLR engines and re-emphasises its family focus
10 Nov 2020
2021 BMW iX revealed – the next big leap towards BMW’s BEV future
BMW

2021 BMW iX revealed – the next big leap towards BMW’s BEV future

500bhp all-electric SUV leads the charge for BMW’s EV range expansion
11 Nov 2020
BMW M550i 2020 review – the M Performance 5-series has arrived, was it worth the wait?
BMW 5 Series

BMW M550i 2020 review – the M Performance 5-series has arrived, was it worth the wait?

A desirable balance of performance and control, beautifully built and charismatic. One of BMW’s best
12 Nov 2020
Cheap BMW M3? E46, E92 and F80 go head-to-head
BMW M3 saloon

Cheap BMW M3? E46, E92 and F80 go head-to-head

You might require a second mortgage to buy an E30 BMW M3, but fear not, as there are equally appealing M Power options that won’t test your credit sco…
14 Nov 2020