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More On The Prius-Based Hybird Sports Coupe

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As a direct competitor to Honda’s upcoming CR-Z, Toyota are developing a new hybrid sports car based on a shortened Prius platform and packing more power… but will it be named “MR-2″?

Toyota is well on the way to making its entire line up hybrid powered by 2020 and this hybrid sports coupe is set to compete directly with Honda’s new CR-Z. The new Toyota hybrid coupe will be based on the Prius platform which apparently will have its length reduced by 100mm. This of course means that the 1.8L 2ZR-FXE engine and Hybrid Synergy Drive from the Prius will be carried over too, only the 2ZR-FXE and hybrid system will be tuned to provide 136PS which is 37PS over standard. This increase in power will obviously affect fuel consumption, with the hybrid sports coupe returning 35.0km/L as opposed to the Prius’s 38.0km/L for the lightest L-grade version. The consumption figures are only speculation but it’s safe to say that this will be one very economical sports car.

Going head to head with the Honda CR-Z means the new Toyota will of course be a 2-door, 2+2 seat configuration coupe. Sounds a lot like the highly anticipated “086A” compact FR sports car doesn’t it? It’s hard to say just how much the new hybrid sports coupe will encroach on the 086A’s market segment, but it goes without saying that both cars will appeal to totally different buyers. One thing our source was quick to note was about the interior of the new hybrid sports coupe. Apparently much of the interior of the Prius will be carried over to the new car; that’s not such a bad thing but it does seem like the cheap solution, especially if this car is to wear the MR-2 badge. The name of the new coupe is one thing that our source conveniently left out, instead preferring to leave that for a future update. The exterior on the other hand will be totally new, the images provided are a hint at what the hybrid sports coupe could look like.

The Prius-based hybrid sports coupe is expected to debut in mid-2012 and be priced from 220,000-330,000 JPY.
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i hope they go with that design instead of the first one we saw. because i think the first one is a little more than butt ugly...
 

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This design seems inspired by the FT-HS (the purported future Supra), and is very attractive and futuristic. I hope Mr. Toyoda, now at the helm of Toyota, will greenlight these concepts for production. I think a new MR-2 and Supra will do wonders for Toyota's image and bring back a lot of customers who have transitioned to other, more exciting brands.
 

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Intrigued until I read this:
"If the company gets it right, the car could do 0-60mph in seven seconds"
That's actually pretty decent performance for a sports coupe based on the econo-hybrid powertrain from the Prius or Lexus HS. The Lexus HS's official 0-60 is 8.4 seconds, and the Prius is slower than that.

Folks more concerned with outright performance will be far happier, of course, with the rumored Subaru STI turbo-powered top-of-the-line version of the Toyobaru coupe. At the risk of sounding sexist, I'd say a Prius coupe is more of an eco-chick or eco-secretary's car.
 

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REPORT: Forthcoming Prius coupe to be designed in Italy

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Following last month's news of a Toyota Prius coupe coming to challenge the Honda CR-Z, another Japanese magazine reports that Toyota will use an Italian design firm to style the two-door.

The CR-Z was inspired by the CRX, yet in design and philosophy, it is likely to be quite different from the Honda Insight. If there's any truth to this latest rumor, the Prius coupe, on the other hand, will be based on the sedan and be just four inches shorter. And even though the companies behind some of the world's most fabulous cars – Pininfarina, Guigario – have been mentioned, the coupe is expected "to be very close to the current Prius."
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I wonder who they are going to hire for the job.
If this story is true (and, frankly, I'm very skeptical) Italdesign/Giugiaro and Leonardo Fioravanti are historically Toyota/Lexus' carrozzeria of choice.
 
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