Toyota GR HV Sports Concept Debuts With Targa Roof And Hybrid Powertrain

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Toyota is celebrating the online premiere of the all-new GR HV Concept, ahead of its public debut that will take place at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, at the end of the month.

Its name stands for Gazoo Racing (GR), while the HV initials refer to a Hybrid Vehicle, and it's said to have been inspired by both the legendary Supra and the Sports 800 that races in the World Endurance Championship (WEC).

Visually speaking, the new show car looks like it's based on the current generation 86, even if the automaker hasn’t made any references to it, featuring new front and rear ends, LED headlights, small boot lid spoiler, central exhaust pipe incorporated into the diffuser, and a targa-style roof. The exterior is dominated by a matte black shade, and the concept also features hood vents to provide additional cooling to the powertrain.

Speaking of which, the Toyota GR HV uses a hybrid powertrain that has yet to be detailed, which pushes the output to the rear through an automatic transmission. However, drivers can also select the six-speed manual operation, using a compact H-pattern gearshift, at the touch of a button.

Another cool feature is the push-button ignition, located on the automatic gear lever, and extra points go to the additional water, oil, and battery gauges displayed on the infotainment system.

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