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Sam Gibson 2021-01-01
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Lots of Japanese car fans around the world look forward to the annual Tokyo Auto Salon. Auto manufacturers tend to unveil customized cars at the show, along with new performance accessories. Tokyo Auto Salon is very similar to the SEMA show in the US in many aspects. Thanks to COVID-19, this year, there is no in-person show in Tokyo, so … Continue reading
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Scott Morell 2020-12-29
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Each year automotive manufacturers roll out some exciting vehicle designs for the Tokyo Auto Salon. While the vehicles can typically be seen in person at the show, the pandemic is still restricting gatherings worldwide, meaning the Tokyo Auto Salon will be all virtual for 2021. Despite the show being virtual, there are still cool cars to see, and Daihatsu has … Continue reading
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James Mccullough 2021-01-09
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One of the coolest things about the annual Tokyo Auto Salon are the slick concept cars that manufacturers show off at the event. For 2021, the Tokyo Auto Salon is a fully digital event but that hasn’t stopped the cool cars from being unveiled. Honda is showing off a pair of highly customized vehicles, including a customized Fit and an … Continue reading
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Edmond Garcia 2021-01-15
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You can pull the office out of the van when you want some time with nature, which sounds pretty wonderful.
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John Robidoux 2017-12-29
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Following the debut of the Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the Japanese automaker will rollout another swanky concept next month at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

With Nissan's second-generation electric hatchback as a foundation, the Nissan Leaf Grand Touring Concept gains more visual punch thanks to a custom two-tone paint job, more aggressive front fascia, rocker panels and black wheels.

No details regarding potential performance enhancements are available at the time, but it wouldn't be surprising if suspension revisions are part of the package like they are on the Leaf Nismo Concept.

Nissan had no comment when asked about the possibility of the Leaf Grand Touring Concept going into production.

The Leaf Grand Touring Concept is just one of the 15 models that Nissan will have on display at its Tokyo Auto Salon booth.

Other noteworthy vehicles include the Leaf Nismo Concept, GT-R Nismo, Note e-Power Nismo, Fairlady Z Heritage Edition (370Z in the US) and the Motul Autech GT-R race car.

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James Maloch 2018-12-10
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Toyota is milking all publicity it can out of the reintroduction of the Supra nameplate, and on Monday released a teaser photo of a new Supra race car that will debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon in January.

Called the GR Supra Super GT concept, the car was built by Toyota's Gazoo Racing motorsports arm.

You may recall that Gazoo Racing showed off a racing concept version of the Supra earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show.

The new concept is likely to be closer to race-ready, and has apparently been specifically designed for Japan's Super GT race series.

From what we can tell from the teaser, it'll look basically like the Supra road-car prototype we already drove, albeit with a giant rear wing and likely some other aerodynamic add-ons.

Few other details were offered about the race-car concept, though Toyota says that it and Gazoo Racing use motorsports experience and testing to help with "making even better cars."

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William Figueroa 2018-12-28
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Mitsubishi Motors has unveiled some of the rides that it will have on hand at Tokyo Auto Salon 2019.

The cars include a new minivan called the Delica D: 5, the Outlander PHEV Street Sport, and Eclipse cross Street Sport.

Mitsubishi claims that the D: 5 van will have three versions launched in 2018, with only a week to go in the month it had better hurry.

The van has a front design concept called “Dynamic shield” and has multi-LED headlights.

The van has e-Assist to improve safety and a clean diesel engine matched with a new 8-speed sports mode automatic.

A Delica D: 5 Urban Gear edition will have a “sophisticated modern design” says Mitsubishi.

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Jason Hill 2017-01-14
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Mugen, Honda s little-brother modification company for Honda products started by a Honda family member, has a long history of classic JDM design modifications.

For Tokyo Auto Salon 2017, Mugen threw all of that right out the window for its S660, which looks like it belongs cruising the Death Star or Imperial Coruscant.

I know in the past we have joked on several occasions about this or that concept car being along the lines of Lord Vader, Your Vehicle Is Ready and it isn t even the first StormTrooper reference, but if I was going to make a car design based on on the StormTrooper helmet, especially that of the First Order, well, damn, Mugen s S660 comes pretty close.

This Mugen concept is a drastic departure from previous Mugen concepts and production modification elements.

In the past, it has been unprecedented for Mugen to do any major overhauls of a vehicle s entire design language.

Instead, it takes a base Honda vehicle, like say, the Civic Type R or the N-One, and then changes lips or wings, side skirts, perhaps front and rear bumper, wheels, maybe adds some matte or carbon fiber pieces, differently shaped mirrors.

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James Dalporto 2018-12-26
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Subaru plans to reveal two new concepts in Japan next month, with the Impreza STI and the Forester STI headed to the Tokyo Auto Salon 2019.

The two concept cars will take two fairly mainstream cars – a hatchback and a crossover – and give them a sporting makeover, though that doesn’t mean there’s all good news.

The Impreza STI Concept is a frustrating reminder to Subaru fans that there’s still no speedy hatchback in the automaker’s range in the US.

There’s still no shortage of appetite for a fast five-door, rather than the current WRX and WRX STI sedans American drivers get, but Subaru shows no sign of delivering it.

This Impreza STI Concept, though, imagines something along those lines.

It starts out with the regular Impreza hatchback which is available in the US, but throws on some extras.

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Anthony Breedlove 2018-12-20
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Mazda has offered up some images of a couple of the cars it will have on hand next month at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

One of the rides is a new MX-5 that is fitted with carbon fiber hardtop called the Roadster Drop-Head Coupe.

With the MX-5 being a car that many people buy for handling and driving enjoyment rather than open-air motoring, hard tops are popular.

Mazda already offers a hard top for the MX-5, but that part is meant for racing and has odd looking proportions to clear the roll cage inside racing cars.

Other than the hardtop, the MX-5 also has a new front splitter, aerodynamic side skirts, and 16-inch RAYS wheels.

The MX-5 concept also packs tow hooks, Recaro seats, and aluminum pedals.

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James Woodson 2018-12-27
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Suzuki refuses to officially bring the adorable Jimny to the US, and now it’s rubbing American noses in the SUV’s absence with a pair of even more plucky concept versions.

Headed to the Tokyo Auto Salon 2019 next month are the Jimny Survive and the Jimny Sierra, reenvisioning the tiny truck as a rough and tumble explorer and as a pickup, respectively.

The 2019 Jimny made its official debut earlier this year, instantly charming SUV fans with its combination of familiar styling and tried-and-tested off-road hardware.

Based on a ladder frame, with 3-link riding axle suspension with coil springs, the new Jimny packed the part-time 4WD and low-range transfer gear that enthusiasts demand.

Of course, the downside was availability – or, more accurately, the lack of it.

Suzuki stopped selling the Jimny in the US back in 2012, when its American arm declared bankruptcy and ceased importing the entire range.

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David Gilmore 2019-01-11
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The Honda Civic Type R does not exactly have subtle styling from the factory, and now tuning firm Mugen has taken things to the extreme with two design concepts on display at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

Mugen has a long history of modifying Honda products, both for performance and aesthetics.

The first of the two Type R concepts on display is called the RC20GT Package and is described as a pre-production model.

Nearly every exterior body panel is new, with perhaps the most obvious change being the bizarre and huge new grille design up front.

Much of the body kit, including the bumpers, side skirts and rear wing, is made from carbon fiber, while the car's standard unconventional triple-tip, center-exit exhaust has been replaced by just a single exhaust outlet.

Mugen says it has also equipped the RC20GT with upgraded Brembo brakes, an oil cooler, new suspension, a new steering wheel and a high-flow air intake system.

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Sandra Wilson 2016-12-30
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The Subaru BRZ was designed to be a lightweight, nimble sports car in the vein of the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but since its launch in 2012, enthusiasts have clamored for more power to go with the BRZ s quick reflexes.

At first glance, the Subaru BRZ STI Sport concept debuting at the Tokyo Auto Salon seems like it could deliver.

It bears the name of Subaru s STI performance division after all.

But the concept will likely focus more on cosmetic upgrades, and it s unclear if it will translate into a production model that will be sold in the United States.

The BRZ STI Sport concept gets a new body kit with a more aggressive front bumper, special 18-inch alloy wheels, and a Bordeaux Red interior.

That s all Subaru has to say about the car for now, although some mechanical upgrades may be lurking behind the styling changes.

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Daniel Patel 2017-12-15
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Toyota's Gazoo Racing division is likely the envy of every gearhead employed by the Japanese automaker.

In addition to having race programs in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and World Rally Championship, Gazoo has begun tinkering with Toyota street cars and been hard at work on a wicked Le Mans-inspired concept vehicle.

The GR Super Sport Concept will be uncovered next month at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon.

Inspiration for the concept draws heavily from Gazoo's WEC race antics, with the teaser image showing a silhouette that looks an awful lot like the TS050 LMP1 race car.

Chances are the concept will be nothing more than eye candy to draw more people into the Toyota Gazoo Racing booth at the show, but the idea of a Le Mans-inspired road car is undeniably cool.

We'll have to wait until next month to get a full look at the GR Super Sport Concept.

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Kristie Hernandez 2018-01-10
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Seemingly caught in the crossfire between CES and the upcoming Detroit Auto Show, the Tokyo Auto Salon will play host to an important Subaru showcar: the Viziv Performance STI Concept.

The show car is based on the Viziv Performance Concept that was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show last October, adding visual aggression with unique bodywork, including a revised front bumper, side sills, and an outrageous-looking version of the WRX STI's traditional oversized rear wing.

No word yet on what powers the red-accented concept, but rumors persist that electrification will figure into the next generation of these all-wheel-drive performance cars.

For reference, today's WRX STI is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer four-cylinder that pumps out 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque.

Back in October, there was some debate as to whether the Viziv Performance Concept was meant to serve as a vision of a future Impreza-based WRX or a next-generation Legacy, but this new show car should lay that controversy to rest.

The designs preview a future WRX and a WRX STI.

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Dion Esparza 2018-01-12
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Think Toyota hybrids and it might be earnest but less than soul-stirring cars like the Prius that come to mind, but the automaker is betting a 986 HP electrified supercar will change your mind.

Say hello, then, to the GR Super Sport Concept, a sibling to the TS050 that currently competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), and certainly not your parents’ Camry.

Making its debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2018 today, the GR Super Sport Concept is the latest example of Toyota promising to take racing-honed technology and apply it to production cars.

That’s not to say, before you whip out your wallet, that you’ll necessarily be able to buy this race-inspired monster any time soon.

Under the bodywork is a twin-turbocharged direct injection 2.4-liter V6.

That’s been combined with an electrification system of hybrid motors, the Toyota Hybrid System-Racing, or THS-R, developed by the Toyota Gazoo Racing team.

collect
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Sam Gibson 2021-01-01
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Lots of Japanese car fans around the world look forward to the annual Tokyo Auto Salon. Auto manufacturers tend to unveil customized cars at the show, along with new performance accessories. Tokyo Auto Salon is very similar to the SEMA show in the US in many aspects. Thanks to COVID-19, this year, there is no in-person show in Tokyo, so … Continue reading
James Mccullough 2021-01-09
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One of the coolest things about the annual Tokyo Auto Salon are the slick concept cars that manufacturers show off at the event. For 2021, the Tokyo Auto Salon is a fully digital event but that hasn’t stopped the cool cars from being unveiled. Honda is showing off a pair of highly customized vehicles, including a customized Fit and an … Continue reading
John Robidoux 2017-12-29
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Following the debut of the Nissan Leaf Nismo Concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, the Japanese automaker will rollout another swanky concept next month at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

With Nissan's second-generation electric hatchback as a foundation, the Nissan Leaf Grand Touring Concept gains more visual punch thanks to a custom two-tone paint job, more aggressive front fascia, rocker panels and black wheels.

No details regarding potential performance enhancements are available at the time, but it wouldn't be surprising if suspension revisions are part of the package like they are on the Leaf Nismo Concept.

Nissan had no comment when asked about the possibility of the Leaf Grand Touring Concept going into production.

The Leaf Grand Touring Concept is just one of the 15 models that Nissan will have on display at its Tokyo Auto Salon booth.

Other noteworthy vehicles include the Leaf Nismo Concept, GT-R Nismo, Note e-Power Nismo, Fairlady Z Heritage Edition (370Z in the US) and the Motul Autech GT-R race car.

William Figueroa 2018-12-28
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Mitsubishi Motors has unveiled some of the rides that it will have on hand at Tokyo Auto Salon 2019.

The cars include a new minivan called the Delica D: 5, the Outlander PHEV Street Sport, and Eclipse cross Street Sport.

Mitsubishi claims that the D: 5 van will have three versions launched in 2018, with only a week to go in the month it had better hurry.

The van has a front design concept called “Dynamic shield” and has multi-LED headlights.

The van has e-Assist to improve safety and a clean diesel engine matched with a new 8-speed sports mode automatic.

A Delica D: 5 Urban Gear edition will have a “sophisticated modern design” says Mitsubishi.

James Dalporto 2018-12-26
img

Subaru plans to reveal two new concepts in Japan next month, with the Impreza STI and the Forester STI headed to the Tokyo Auto Salon 2019.

The two concept cars will take two fairly mainstream cars – a hatchback and a crossover – and give them a sporting makeover, though that doesn’t mean there’s all good news.

The Impreza STI Concept is a frustrating reminder to Subaru fans that there’s still no speedy hatchback in the automaker’s range in the US.

There’s still no shortage of appetite for a fast five-door, rather than the current WRX and WRX STI sedans American drivers get, but Subaru shows no sign of delivering it.

This Impreza STI Concept, though, imagines something along those lines.

It starts out with the regular Impreza hatchback which is available in the US, but throws on some extras.

James Woodson 2018-12-27
img

Suzuki refuses to officially bring the adorable Jimny to the US, and now it’s rubbing American noses in the SUV’s absence with a pair of even more plucky concept versions.

Headed to the Tokyo Auto Salon 2019 next month are the Jimny Survive and the Jimny Sierra, reenvisioning the tiny truck as a rough and tumble explorer and as a pickup, respectively.

The 2019 Jimny made its official debut earlier this year, instantly charming SUV fans with its combination of familiar styling and tried-and-tested off-road hardware.

Based on a ladder frame, with 3-link riding axle suspension with coil springs, the new Jimny packed the part-time 4WD and low-range transfer gear that enthusiasts demand.

Of course, the downside was availability – or, more accurately, the lack of it.

Suzuki stopped selling the Jimny in the US back in 2012, when its American arm declared bankruptcy and ceased importing the entire range.

Sandra Wilson 2016-12-30
img

The Subaru BRZ was designed to be a lightweight, nimble sports car in the vein of the Mazda MX-5 Miata, but since its launch in 2012, enthusiasts have clamored for more power to go with the BRZ s quick reflexes.

At first glance, the Subaru BRZ STI Sport concept debuting at the Tokyo Auto Salon seems like it could deliver.

It bears the name of Subaru s STI performance division after all.

But the concept will likely focus more on cosmetic upgrades, and it s unclear if it will translate into a production model that will be sold in the United States.

The BRZ STI Sport concept gets a new body kit with a more aggressive front bumper, special 18-inch alloy wheels, and a Bordeaux Red interior.

That s all Subaru has to say about the car for now, although some mechanical upgrades may be lurking behind the styling changes.

Kristie Hernandez 2018-01-10
img

Seemingly caught in the crossfire between CES and the upcoming Detroit Auto Show, the Tokyo Auto Salon will play host to an important Subaru showcar: the Viziv Performance STI Concept.

The show car is based on the Viziv Performance Concept that was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show last October, adding visual aggression with unique bodywork, including a revised front bumper, side sills, and an outrageous-looking version of the WRX STI's traditional oversized rear wing.

No word yet on what powers the red-accented concept, but rumors persist that electrification will figure into the next generation of these all-wheel-drive performance cars.

For reference, today's WRX STI is powered by a 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer four-cylinder that pumps out 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque.

Back in October, there was some debate as to whether the Viziv Performance Concept was meant to serve as a vision of a future Impreza-based WRX or a next-generation Legacy, but this new show car should lay that controversy to rest.

The designs preview a future WRX and a WRX STI.

Scott Morell 2020-12-29
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Each year automotive manufacturers roll out some exciting vehicle designs for the Tokyo Auto Salon. While the vehicles can typically be seen in person at the show, the pandemic is still restricting gatherings worldwide, meaning the Tokyo Auto Salon will be all virtual for 2021. Despite the show being virtual, there are still cool cars to see, and Daihatsu has … Continue reading
Edmond Garcia 2021-01-15
img
You can pull the office out of the van when you want some time with nature, which sounds pretty wonderful.
James Maloch 2018-12-10
img

Toyota is milking all publicity it can out of the reintroduction of the Supra nameplate, and on Monday released a teaser photo of a new Supra race car that will debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon in January.

Called the GR Supra Super GT concept, the car was built by Toyota's Gazoo Racing motorsports arm.

You may recall that Gazoo Racing showed off a racing concept version of the Supra earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show.

The new concept is likely to be closer to race-ready, and has apparently been specifically designed for Japan's Super GT race series.

From what we can tell from the teaser, it'll look basically like the Supra road-car prototype we already drove, albeit with a giant rear wing and likely some other aerodynamic add-ons.

Few other details were offered about the race-car concept, though Toyota says that it and Gazoo Racing use motorsports experience and testing to help with "making even better cars."

Jason Hill 2017-01-14
img

Mugen, Honda s little-brother modification company for Honda products started by a Honda family member, has a long history of classic JDM design modifications.

For Tokyo Auto Salon 2017, Mugen threw all of that right out the window for its S660, which looks like it belongs cruising the Death Star or Imperial Coruscant.

I know in the past we have joked on several occasions about this or that concept car being along the lines of Lord Vader, Your Vehicle Is Ready and it isn t even the first StormTrooper reference, but if I was going to make a car design based on on the StormTrooper helmet, especially that of the First Order, well, damn, Mugen s S660 comes pretty close.

This Mugen concept is a drastic departure from previous Mugen concepts and production modification elements.

In the past, it has been unprecedented for Mugen to do any major overhauls of a vehicle s entire design language.

Instead, it takes a base Honda vehicle, like say, the Civic Type R or the N-One, and then changes lips or wings, side skirts, perhaps front and rear bumper, wheels, maybe adds some matte or carbon fiber pieces, differently shaped mirrors.

Anthony Breedlove 2018-12-20
img

Mazda has offered up some images of a couple of the cars it will have on hand next month at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

One of the rides is a new MX-5 that is fitted with carbon fiber hardtop called the Roadster Drop-Head Coupe.

With the MX-5 being a car that many people buy for handling and driving enjoyment rather than open-air motoring, hard tops are popular.

Mazda already offers a hard top for the MX-5, but that part is meant for racing and has odd looking proportions to clear the roll cage inside racing cars.

Other than the hardtop, the MX-5 also has a new front splitter, aerodynamic side skirts, and 16-inch RAYS wheels.

The MX-5 concept also packs tow hooks, Recaro seats, and aluminum pedals.

David Gilmore 2019-01-11
img

The Honda Civic Type R does not exactly have subtle styling from the factory, and now tuning firm Mugen has taken things to the extreme with two design concepts on display at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

Mugen has a long history of modifying Honda products, both for performance and aesthetics.

The first of the two Type R concepts on display is called the RC20GT Package and is described as a pre-production model.

Nearly every exterior body panel is new, with perhaps the most obvious change being the bizarre and huge new grille design up front.

Much of the body kit, including the bumpers, side skirts and rear wing, is made from carbon fiber, while the car's standard unconventional triple-tip, center-exit exhaust has been replaced by just a single exhaust outlet.

Mugen says it has also equipped the RC20GT with upgraded Brembo brakes, an oil cooler, new suspension, a new steering wheel and a high-flow air intake system.

Daniel Patel 2017-12-15
img

Toyota's Gazoo Racing division is likely the envy of every gearhead employed by the Japanese automaker.

In addition to having race programs in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and World Rally Championship, Gazoo has begun tinkering with Toyota street cars and been hard at work on a wicked Le Mans-inspired concept vehicle.

The GR Super Sport Concept will be uncovered next month at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon.

Inspiration for the concept draws heavily from Gazoo's WEC race antics, with the teaser image showing a silhouette that looks an awful lot like the TS050 LMP1 race car.

Chances are the concept will be nothing more than eye candy to draw more people into the Toyota Gazoo Racing booth at the show, but the idea of a Le Mans-inspired road car is undeniably cool.

We'll have to wait until next month to get a full look at the GR Super Sport Concept.

Dion Esparza 2018-01-12
img

Think Toyota hybrids and it might be earnest but less than soul-stirring cars like the Prius that come to mind, but the automaker is betting a 986 HP electrified supercar will change your mind.

Say hello, then, to the GR Super Sport Concept, a sibling to the TS050 that currently competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), and certainly not your parents’ Camry.

Making its debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2018 today, the GR Super Sport Concept is the latest example of Toyota promising to take racing-honed technology and apply it to production cars.

That’s not to say, before you whip out your wallet, that you’ll necessarily be able to buy this race-inspired monster any time soon.

Under the bodywork is a twin-turbocharged direct injection 2.4-liter V6.

That’s been combined with an electrification system of hybrid motors, the Toyota Hybrid System-Racing, or THS-R, developed by the Toyota Gazoo Racing team.