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It's been entirely too long since Toyota offered a credible sports car in its line up. Instead, they've rested on their laurels and let the MkIV Supra keep the Toyota performance idea alive for close to a decade. With the development of the Lexus LF-A, it's certain that Toyota's high-end car line will get a viable GT car, but what of the father-company?
According to AutoExpress, a new hi-po sports car is on its way, which draws inspiration from the LF-A and will likely be equipped with the Lexus GS450h's hybrid setup. The 3.5-liter V6 produces around 340 HP and should dispatch the sprint to 60 in under five seconds. That, coupled with a seven-speed sequential box, should strike an interesting balance between sporty acceleration and above average fuel economy.

AutoExpress has said that the 30-MPG sports car will likely be shown at this year's Detroit Auto Show and will be priced to compete with Nissan's new GT-R.

[Source: Peter Lyon/AutoExpress]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh, you American car buyers crack me up. You read a story about a Toyota/Lexus and purposely want to bash because Toyota Corp. is kicking auto industry ass.

      My 2007 Lexus GS 450h is blowing away the likes of Mustang GT's, Grand Prix , the old Camaros/Firebirds, and even BM5 550i (with V8 displacement). How I love to see the faces of the redneck in his Mustang GT as I beat him off the line, let him catch me, then blow him away with a 60 - 80 mph burst.....it's you guys that need to stick to reading your stories about the next piece of quickly depreciating junk your good ole Ford, GM, and Chrylser folks are going to produce. Now run along kiddies and play in your respective sandbox.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the hybrid can go away

      if they want to sell me this for $60k well i ain't gonna buy it
      but at something like $35k withouth the hybrid and 3.5L V6 cranking 340HP and 290lb-ft this would be a great replacement to the old Supra
      • 8 Years Ago
      So, what is it with most of you guys, anyway? It's not THAT hard to figure out that every single time we fill up a car with diesel, or gasoline, we're reducing the amount of future oil by just exactly that much - and neither God nor gaia mother earth are making any more oil underground, folks.

      You motorheads think THIS is radical, wait until you have to deal with hydrogen fuel cell sports cars, or electric sports cars.

      Oh, wait, everyone seemed to have a big erection about the Tesla, didn't they?

      So why is it "bad" for Toyota to keep their promises and start offering hybrid drivetrains in EVERYTHING they offer?!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Umm...did anyone think a sports car's MPG is mostly determined by how a person drives it?

      Then again, anyone buying this probably will a Camry driver who hasn't seen life past 2500rpm. Yup, they'll get great MPG.

      "I bought a sports car for it's MPG"
      • 8 Years Ago
      #15 Originality and uniqueness? Have they legalized drugs in your country already? Well, come to think of it.... nobody else has such dull and uninteresting designs or a luxury division that copies german designs and tries to sell them as their own, so... yes, in a way it's unique.
      As for this: man, they just can't lay off the photoshopping of german cars, but i do admit this is the first time they've copied italians, as the front end looks like a cross between Alfa Romeo and the Audi R8. And it seems they've actualy managed to make the first ever comuter's sports car with that hybrid powertrain. Should fly through bumper-to-bumper traffic, while doing 30 mpg. Whooopy!
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is just a stripped down LF-A LEXUS super car with added hybrid. Everyone knows that diesel will soon make hybrids look like a joke.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Y THE HELL A DAMN HYBRID...think if the made it like a regular car...gasoline and all...it would be great...btw is that really going to be the next supra?
      • 8 Years Ago
      At #18, what engine is in the Camry? I'm in the UK, so we don't get it.

      I've driven the GS and RX hybrids and the torque when you floor it from a standstill is impressive.

      Toyota should stop marketing hybrids as environmentally friendly, everybody knows there are numerous cars that are greener. They should play up the fact that the electric motors offer maximum torque straight away.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The low rpm torque from a DC motor would be great.
      • 8 Years Ago
      lol, fresh out of a BA program in English, which relegates me to manning drive through windows and making pittance :P.
      • 8 Years Ago
      7. $10 says the GT-R spanks it in every review

      Posted at 10:19AM on Nov 3rd 2006 by ruggels


      ooh! ten whole dollars! you sure know how to place your bets, eh?? you crazy thing, you!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The V6 is just plain evil. It's a wasteful design who's only usefulness is it's ability to go between the front drive wheels. Excuse me while I vomit up my small intestines.

      Ever since they killed off the 2JZ engine; they're dead to me.
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