Could this be previewing the next-generation Toyota 86?
As if there weren’t already enough concept cars heading to the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, Toyota has lifted the wraps off a new convertible sports car concept ahead of its world debut in a few weeks that could serve as a preview for the next-gen 86 as part of Toyota’s newly formed GR sports car range. Dubbed the GR HV Sports Concept, the design is inspired by Toyota’s GR TS050 Hybrid race car that competes in the World Endurance Championship, featuring LED headlights, aluminum wheels, and a rear diffuser similar to the endurance racer.
Its targa top harks back to some of Toyota’s legendary sports cars such as the Supra. From the profile, the design seems to be predominately based on the current 86, but the front and rear look drastically different to the sports coupe. The Toyota 86 also isn’t available as a convertible, but Toyota has considered making a convertible 86 in the past which was previewed with the FT-86 concept, but it never made it to production. Its matte black paint and hood vents give the GR HV an aggressive appearance. It’s powered by a hybrid powertrain that uses technology refined by the TS050 Hybrid, while the battery pack has been installed near the center of the car for better weight distribution.
To start up the sports car concept, the driver has to use the push button ignition switch located on the shift knob. The GR HV Sports Concept features an automatic transmission, but driving purists can switch to a six-speed manual mode with H-pattern shifting. Toyota will be showcasing the GR HV Sports Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show on October 25, where it will be exhibited alongside the new Crown Concept, the Sports EV and hopefully the reborn Supra.