Toyota MR2 hybrid

Odd concept of the day: reborn Toyota MR2 roadster with 392bhp hybrid power and AWD

Toyota and racing partner Gazoo have come up with something utterly intriguing. Meet the oddball MR2 Sport Hybrid Concept. Dubbed the GRMN (Gazoo Racing Master of Nurburgring), the purpose of this car is clear: It’s a ‘ring-basher like none before it. Gazoo has quite a history racing at the Nordschleife, successfully racing both Toyota and Lexus cars in endurance racing for many years.   Loosely based on the now extinct mid-engined MR2 roadster, on paper this car looks ready to go toe-to-toe with the Honda CR-Z. It's far more powerful than that, though. At slow speeds, this hybrid’s front wheels are electronically powered thanks to Toyota’s THSII system. Mash your foot into the carpet however, and a 3.3-litre V6 behind the cockpit fires into life and sends internally combusted power to the rear wheels, too. This means a total power figure of ‘more than 392bhp’.  As usual, the lithium-ion battery packs have an unfortunate impact on the car’s weight. At 1500kg, this MR2 is over 50 per cent heavier than the slimline 975kg roadster it’s based on. Still, a minimum 266bhp/ton figure and that mid-placed engine should ensure it’s still a decent drivers’ car. A 4.5sec 0-60mph-time is rumoured. There’s speculation that a car based on the GRMN could go on sale in 2011 to compete with the slightly tamer Honda CR-Z. Keep an eye on evo.co.uk for the latest. Read about the Toyota and Gazoo GT-86 rear-drive sports car Follow evo on Twitter or Facebook for latest car news and views

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/toyota/201996/ac-schnitzer-reveals-styling-and-power-upgrades-for-toyota-gr-supra

AC Schnitzer reveals styling and power upgrades for Toyota GR Supra

27 Nov 2019
Visit/news/18843/car-pictures-of-the-week
Toyota

Car pictures of the week

8 Nov 2019
Visit/toyota/201837/next-generation-toyota-mirai-revealed-as-hydrogen-flagship
Toyota

Next generation Toyota Mirai revealed as hydrogen flagship

11 Oct 2019
Visit/toyota/22863/2019-toyota-corolla-hybrid-hatch-review-there-s-a-good-chassis-in-there-somewhere
Toyota

2019 Toyota Corolla hybrid hatch review

10 Jul 2019
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/best-buys/202007/best-sports-cars-2020
Best Buys

Best sports cars 2020

If you value driving thrills but can't stretch to the price of a true supercar, a sports car could be the ideal middle ground
29 Nov 2019
Visit/auctions/201922/ultra-exclusive-mclaren-senna-gtr-stars-in-rm-sothebys-abu-dhabi-sale

RM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi auction highlights

Yet another RM Sotheby’s auction is on the horizon, and we’ve picked out the top lots 
29 Nov 2019
Visit/jaguar/f-type/22839/2020-jaguar-f-type-revealed
Jaguar F-Type

2020 Jaguar F-type revealed 

An updated Jaguar F-type has been revealed with a consolidated engine range and new front end
2 Dec 2019
Visit/hyundai/i30-n-hatchback/201775/hyundai-i30-n-versus-hyundai-i30-tcr
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N versus Hyundai i30 TCR

Can Dickie Meaden beat Steve Sutcliffe in a straight(ish) race? We sent them to the Circuit Nuvolari with a pair of Hyundai i30 Ns to find out.
20 Sep 2019