• Feb 28, 2008
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Usually we would have no reason to report on a concept that we've already seen debut. Hence, the Australian debut of Toyota's hybrid FT-HS sports car concept at the Melbourne Auto Show isn't really news. It becomes news, however, when a suit from Toyota Australia makes a veiled comment about the next Supra and its possible ties to the FT-HS. Peter Evans, corporate manger of product planning for Toyota Australia, said "To really appreciate the FT-HS, think of it as a 'Prius on steroids'. Alternatively, it could be a vision for a Toyota Supra of the future." Whaa?

Had this quote been given on the show floor amidst a throng of journalists, one might be able to pass it off as a slip of the tongue. The quote, however, appears in Toyota Australia's press release for the FT-HS debut down under, which can be read in full after the jump. This means it passed by the eyes of countless PR people whose job it is to vet press releases for embarrassing mistakes. This suggests that the quote is not a case of Evans opening his mouth and inserting foot, but rather was meant to be there, perhaps to whet our appetites, stoke our interest and get us all talking. Job well done, Toyota, because otherwise we would have completely ignored the umpteeth debut of the FT-HS in another country.


[Source: Toyota via Motor Authority]

PRESS RELEASE

TOYOTA SHOWS 'PRIUS ON STEROIDS'

Sports cars will thrive in the 21st century world of rising fuel prices and environmental responsibility, judging by a concept car unveiled today by Toyota Australia.

The FT-HS - which stands for Future Toyota Hybrid Sports - is a futuristic sports-car concept with a sleek, aerodynamic profile and a potent petrol-electric hybrid engine.

Its front-engine, rear-drive layout provides revolutionary hybrid acceleration and optimal performance with a projected 0-100km/h dash in the four-second range.

It also features the fuel-saving benefits and ultra-low emissions of Toyota's hybrid technology.

Toyota Australia's corporate manager product planning Peter Evans said the FT-HS is exhilarating to drive while having eco-friendly benefits such as impressive fuel efficiency and low emissions.

"To really appreciate FT-HS, think of it as a 'Prius on steroids'.

"Alternatively, it could be a vision for a Toyota Supra of the future," Mr Evans said.

"FT-HS shows what Toyota can achieve by combining its 50 years in motorsport with more than a decade of hybrid experience and development.

"The ability to enjoy the ultimate driving pleasure with a clear conscience makes FT-HS the ideal sports car for the 21st century.

"It will appeal to an emerging group of buyers who are environmentally aware and regard technology as a necessity, not a luxury."

Toyota is the global leader in hybrid technology, having sold more than one million units of the world's first mass-produced hybrid, Prius.

The new concept car mates an electric motor to a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine, which is similar to that used in several production models.

Its combined power output target is about 300kW - or almost 50 per cent more than the V6 petrol-only engine in the Aurion family car, Kluger mid-size SUV, Tarago people mover and RAV4 compact SUV.

FT-HS was produced by Calty, Toyota's California research and design centre.

The centre set out to develop a mid-priced sports car that integrates ecology and emotion in a concept that addresses the question: "What is a suitable sports car for the 21st century?"

Australians can view the FT-HS concept on Toyota's stand at the Melbourne International Motor Show (29 February to 10 March).

TOYOTA FT-HS CONCEPT VEHICLE
PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS

Drivetrain

3.5-litre V6 hybrid electric

Target output: around 300kW

Projected 0-100kmh time: mid four-second range

Dimensions

Overall length: 4325mm (170.27 in)

Overall width: 1860mm (73.23 in)

Overall height: 1290mm (50.79 in)

Wheelbase: 2650mm (104.33 in)

Tracks - front: 1600mm (63.0 in); rear: 1555mm (61.2 in)

Wheels: Carbon fibre

Tyres - front: 245/35R21; rear 285/30R21


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Toyota will never have another toyota branded sports car. they will either be Scion or Lexus.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yawn. I'm getting pretty tired of this rumor.
      • 6 Years Ago
      nice! I like the idea that toyota is looking to move forward in creating cars which is appealing to car enthusiasts and eco-friendly at the same time :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its been a long while since Toyota has had a perfromance car of any worth. Lexus still doesn't have one (IS-F? maybe but it needs a manual and I'll take an M3 over it).

      I would like Toyota, the purveyor of automotive appliances to prove me wrong but I don't think they will.

      I have more hope that Nissan will make a baby GT-R (needs 4 seats) that I might be able to afford (slot in between the 370z and current GT-R).

      Toyota, home of the bland and reliable, make an involved, fast, drivier oriented performance car? Excuse em if I don't hold my breath.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Since Toyota is into Nascar, I would not be suprised to see them make a new sports car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i really like the styling of the car

      it is very new and original (like most japanese concepts) but unlike those it actually looks good

      i hope this is the next toyota sports car, above the Subae86 (TM) and below the v10 lexus supercar

      i also hope that the idea of a hybrid sports car dies now and forever, terrible idea doomed to fail either on the drawing board or in the market place
      • 6 Years Ago
      Prius on steroids????

      Will the Congress waste time on that, then too?, like continuing to harp-on about Roger Clemens?

      I'll believe it when I see it.

      Until then, I am saving up for an 90s-era SW20 MR2 t-roof shell, a Subaru STI engine, and a Porsche transaxle, and all the other accoutrements to build a sports car from those major components. :D

      The question is... will Toyota win the race, and bring a sporty car to market before I do this... I probably won't have anything in place for a while, so they have a healthy head-start.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bring back the supra! it was the one and only real mans toyota!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hohum... at this point... BORING !!!! Who cares and if there is a Supra, will be nothing like this anyway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      didnt you guys already report this... I could have sworn I heard this before
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, I heard this around the time the concept was first released. Not exactly NEWs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll beleive it when I see that and this Celica GT I've been hearing about.
      • 6 Years Ago
      hopefully they aren't inspired to make it look too similar captain planet ft-hs spaceship
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