Toyota GR HV Sports concept gets unique H-pattern auto gearbox
Gazoo Racing-influenced hybrid sports car will be shown at the Tokyo motor show
Previewed in a single image, the Targa-topped two-seater is based on the structure of the GT86 but incorporates an electrified drivetrain with a six-speed automatic to drive its rear wheels.
A manual mode can be engaged via a button beneath the car’s gearknob cover that makes the lever simulate a manual gearbox. It enables drivers to control the car’s automatic shifts by physically moving the lever through the H-pattern gate.
Toyota has revealed that the electric part of the concept’s drivetrain uses hardware from Toyota’s World Endurance Championship racing car, the TS050 Hybrid, but it has yet to announce the specifications of the combustion engine side.
The company’s concept also acts as a further nod to Toyota’s hybrid sports car intentions, which will be led by the launch of the Supra, a car twinned with the next BMW Z4, in 2018.
In addition, the Tj Cruiser concept (pictured, above) will feature at the Tokyo motor show. This hybrid model hints at the brand’s future MPV and SUV design direction with retro styling, chunky dimensions and a modular interior.
Also on show will be the Toyota Crown concept, which offers a glimpse of the next-generation Japan-focused model with Internet of Things connectivity, and the next-generation Century, which is another domestic market offering.
Source: Autocar Online