• Jun 22nd 2009 at 1:28PM
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Toyota FT-HS Concept - Click above for a high-res image gallery

With all the rumors and anticipation surrounding Toyota's joint venture with Subaru to produce a front-engine, rear-wheel drive coupe, the automaker's Supra successor has been put on the news cycle's back-burner. However, according to a report by Best Car, development has continued in earnest since the FT-HS Hybrid Sports Car Concept debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in 2007 and a prototype will supposedly begin making the rounds later this year.

Although the FT-HS was originally due to arrive in 2009, the Toyobaru's parallel development and market conditions have pushed back the introduction of a Supra-successor until 2011. When it hits, expect two versions to be available: a traditional gas-powered model, likely fitted with a 3.5-liter V6, and a hybrid "Sports" variant packing the GS450h's 2GR-VSE 3.5-liter V6 mated to the JDM Crown Hybrid's electric drive system and cranking out around 400 hp to the rear wheels. If Best Car's report is to be believed, we could see the next iteration of the FT-HS concept at the Tokyo Motor Show this November, with the production model debuting sometime in 2010 before its on-sale date the following year.

[Source: Best Car via 7Tune]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      That FT-HS concept looks to be more suitable of a replacement for the MR2 than the Supra... or maybe it's just me...
      • 6 Years Ago
      [pray style="rantish"]
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh Yeah, give us a Supra that will make us proud.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A hybrid supra?? hmm thatll be interesting, but i doupt itll have the appeal and cult status as the last Supra, its apeal was the iconic 2jz engine. A bullet proof engine with twin sequential turbos. Being bulletproof it could handle the turbo upgrades necesary for huge power increases, thus making it iconic. What auto companies fail to realize is that adequate power sells and bullet proof TURBO engines become iconic because of that tunability. Give us a good car with RWD and a bulletproof turbo engine and you will have the iconic status that will sell future cars. The NSX was iconic but too pricey, the 300 ZX was good but its engine was not bulletproof, the 3000gt VR-4 was good but it was a POS, none retained their value like the Supra, even the NSX is now cheaper than the Supra, given its inicial cost of 46 grand for the supra and 80 for the NSX or something like that, dont quote me on the numbers cuz thats was in 94 and i was in 9th grade. Good virgin Supras with Twin turbo and the 6speed can fetch 40 grand to 50 grand. Good NSXs can fetch 30 to 40 of course that depents on year mileage and whatnot. So hybrid powerstains on a sports car, hmm the jury is still out on that one. Anyways, if the Celica aka toyobaru will go for 20 grand to 26 grand when the turbo model comes out, mmy guess the Supra wil be 35 to 40 and the hybrid will be 45 to 50, thats a whole nother ball park...
        • 6 Years Ago
        The 300Z did have a fairly bulletproof engine. Mine made 500 whp on a stock bottom end before I sold it. I know Supra's can make twice that, but come on... unless it's for bragging rights on a racetrack, the difference between 500 and 1000 hp is pure ego anyway.

        3000GT's did not keep their resale well because they were 4000lb cars, with a crapload of electronic gizmo's. Did you know they even had a variable exhaust note selector in the cabin??? I have seen some very nice modified 3000GT's, but they are still really freaking heavy.

        If Toyota makes the hybrid Supra AWD, and the electrical engine is a performance assist, rather than a sole means of propulsion, it should be great for performance for a couple of reasons:

        1) Electric engines are small and lightweight. Battery packs are not. Since the electrical assist probably won't be a primary source of motivation, a smaller battery pack will suffice. This will help keep the weight down.

        2) Electric engines make maximum torque right off zero RPM. If the electric engine generates say 200 lb/ft of torque, and sends the power to the front wheels, while the 3.5l gas engine drives the rear wheels, we are talking about 450+ lb feet of torque to launch the car with.

        3) If Toyota gets tricky, we could even see individual electric engines per wheel. This is unlikely due to weight, but the idea of 400-800 lb feet of torque available without a drop of gas used makes me smile.

        Finally, while I would love to be wrong on this, I think the era of overbuilt turbo engines is close to finished. I managed to squeeze 585 whp out of my R35 GTR, but I doubt I'll get substantially higher without spending another crapload of money on custom forged pieces.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't think toyota's going for cult status, nothing they build today is geared in that direction, they're going for profit and keeping the business humming along. if it's quick and has a hybrid badge it'll sell.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "I don't think toyota's going for cult status, nothing they build today is geared in that direction"

        Keyword here is "today", not tomorrow, or 2011.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if all the excitement about Hyundai lately is starting to get to them. Maybe we can shame Toyota into a new Celica too!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Sea Urchin

        Can you explain me, how a Fwd car can be more fun then a Rwd car???
        Also the Toyobaru will have power between 200hp and 300hp, as for the
        Honda will probably maxed out at around 200hp or 250hp.

        Sorry for me, 300hp at the rear wheels is way much fun...

        • 6 Years Ago
        Having been stuck with the civic hybrid as a loaner I can say that it's definitly not always true that hybrids have low end torque.

        I expect this Supra will be well beyond the price of an Accord, more like the Lexus, but that's nothing new, the 1993+ TT wasn't exactly cheap either.

        I haven't seen any evidence at all that the Toyota variant of the boxer engined STi coup is actually going to happen. No test mule shots, no definite announcement, just a lot of rendered speculation. It would be awfully expensive to be a Scion, unless Toyota is going to totally toss the affordable-for-young-people Scion image right out the window.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Toyota/Subaru joint project is not the same as the new Supra project.

        The Toyota/Subaru coupe is supposedly going to be the new Celica. Name included, although perhaps only in Japan, if it gets marketed through Scion in the US...
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Celica/STi project was dead last I heard. It will exist as a high end Subaru model only if at all.

        As for the CRZ, if I wanted FWD car with no botom end torque that needs ball joints every 2 years I'd probably own an Si...
        • 6 Years Ago

        Last I checked, hybrids have plenty of bottom end torque.

        Also, last I checked (here, about a week ago, via 7Tune) the Subaru/Toyota project is still moving along in development. Toyota stated the car would not be sold in Japan as a Toyota but Subaru's would be sold to outside markets. As BoxerFanatic points out, reading between the lines, the Toyota version is likely to be sold as a Scion outside of Japan.

        On another note, I can honestly say this is probably the first Toyota vehicle I've been excited about in a long time (Supra hybrid), if nothing more than the whole concept of its powertrain. Sounds very similar to the Accord hybrid. Honda was a bit ahead of its time with that one, being the first "performance hybrid" (all Lexus hybrids are "performance hybrids" now). I think the problem with that vehicle was its cost. It was significantly more expensive and people, connecting "hybrid" with "fuel efficiency" didn't see the point. They were willing to pay for a more expensive Accord, but the Supra name plate has some an enthusiast cache the Accord didn't. Had Honda put the same powertrain in the S2000 or NSX, I think people would've been more accepting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      turbo version?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why does it have to be a hybrid? Leave the hybrids to the small and fuel efficient cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        They are building an NA version as well... If you have a problem with the hybrid, stop bitchin, and just focus on the ICE only car. Jeez.

        People are so afraid to think outside of the box. if the FT-HS can have a proper (non-cvt) gearbox and was able to keep the weight down, I can think of so many cool things one could do with electric motors in the car.
        -Push-To- pass (electric NOS)
        -Electric AWD traction
        -AWD launch control
        -Better city gas mileage than a V8 w/similar power
      • 6 Years Ago
      As long as it still has Yamaha DOHC heads I don't care what turbo/hybrid/snoopercharger it has. I like my -GE engines Toyota!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know why Subaru is getting the coupe you know they will do the same thing Mitsu does with the ecplise. Make it into a chic car because they already have a high performance car which is the STi but on Toyota's side. Since the days of the over engineered Supra I don't think they will make a good car...It will prob be half ass...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd love the combination of specs if they prove to be true (love those 4's...)

      0-60 4.0 sec
      40 mpg
      • 6 Years Ago
      Assuming all the rumours are true, this means Toyota will have a hybrid Supra, Honda will have a hybrid CR-Z and Mazda will have the torquiest rotary engine ever with DI. I'm not going to say Mazda is the best because it still stands behind the Wankel but I honestly don't know how import enthusiasts still like these companies when they haven't put out anything in years that doesn't make me yawn so hard I may fall into a coma. It's all rumours as far as I'm concerned; people hoping the legacy will continue when in fact the manufacturers have stopped being enthusiasts themselves and started being just businessmen.

      So come over to the dark side everyone, we've got emissions problems and screaming engines which I'll take over the Maytag Supra any day!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Still waiting...
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