Toyota to reveal GR HV Sports Concept at Tokyo show

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Toyota will lift the lid on a two-seat sports car coupe at the Tokyo Motor Show which could be a preview of the next-generation 86.

The Toyota stand at this month’s Tokyo Motor Show will feature an open-top two-seat sports car concept, which, the car manufacturer says, has been “inspired by the company’s involvement in endurance racing and its legendary Supra and Toyota Sports 800”.

Here’s what we know:

Known as the GR HV Sports Concept, the car is based heavily on the current Toyota 86. In fact, you could be forgiven for thinking it’s another open-topped 86 concept with a rather sinister-looking colour scheme and some other differentiating design cues.

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First of all, the ‘GR’ stands for Gazoo Racing – the outfit responsible for Toyota’s TS050 LMP1 racer, which competes in the World Endurance Championship. And like the TS050, the GR HV Sports Concept utilises a petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain.

The GR HV Concept has a front-engine, rear-drive layout, which sees the hybrid battery placed centrally to help front-rear balance and lower the car’s centre of gravity. Its automatic transmission also has a six-speed manual mode, making the GR HV Toyota’s first hybrid production vehicle with a ‘manual’ gearshift option.

Toyota says the GR HV measures 4395mm long, 1805mm wide and 1280mm high, making it longer, wider and lower than the current 86.

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Motorsport fans will appreciate the gear stick-mounted engine-start button (as shown above). The rest of the interior styling remains a mystery.

Performance figures are also unknown at the present time. The only thing Toyota has said is that the GR HV Concept will be capable of a zero to 100km/h in around 4.0 seconds.

We’ll have to wait for the Tokyo Motor Show to find out more. But don’t worry, we’ll keep you updated as soon as Toyota officially unveils the GR HV to the world later this month.