• Jul 24, 2009
Toyota's new president admits the automaker needs an excitement-infusion, and to that end – and in order to match the upcoming Honda CR-Z tit-for-tat – Toyota is rumored to be working on a two-door version of the Prius.

The latest reports out of Japan indicate that a shortened, 2+2 Prius-based hybrid sports coupe is under development, packing an uprated version of the 1.8-liter 2ZR-FXE four-cylinder putting out around 134 hp – 36 hp more than in its sedan counterpart. Naturally, Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive system will carry over and the additional power boost will have an adverse impact on fuel mileage – albeit a minor one.

If the Prius coupe does come to fruition, expect it to be around 100 mm shorter than the sedan, carry over the standard Prius' interior and debut sometime in mid-2012. Conveniently, there's no word on a name and whether or not the coupe will be sold in the States, but we wouldn't be surprised to find out that this would be a JDM-only affair.

[Source: 7Tune]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I would lose in one major way to the Honda. The CR-Z will have an available manual transmission. Easy to do with Hondas IMA (they have done it before).

      Pretty much impossible to do manual with Toyotas HSD.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah, if the entire premise of the vehicle didn't make it unbuyable, the fact that its missing a pedal would do the job
      • 5 Years Ago
      If the Prius coupe does come out, they should revive the Celica name.
      • 5 Years Ago
      it looks like hyundai genesis coupe
      • 5 Years Ago
      laff article of a car turns into comment bashing...ah just another day at Autoblog
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will it fart phrases in Japanese as shown in the rendering? If you could program your own I'm in!
        • 5 Years Ago
        No aftermarket fart can exhaust needed!
        • 5 Years Ago
        It'll fart out "hoooooooooooo." VW commercial FTW!
        • 5 Years Ago
        hahaha! Nice one!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is a SEXY Prius!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Prius SPORTS coupe? Really? 134 hp is not sports-anything unless it is in a motorcycle or a car weighing less than 1500 lbs... Plus, isn't the idea of a Prius pretty much the complete opposite of a sports car? IE abysmal performance, great fuel economy, and frumpy bad looks? The people interested in Priuses are definitely not the same people interested in sports cars...
      • 5 Years Ago
      that is sexy! never gonna happen
        • 5 Years Ago
        What an incredibly DUMB thing to say. Just because it's a hybrid it can't be sporty? What's the matter? 0-60 in 8 seconds isn't quick enough for you? Cornering at 60 MPH on a 40 MPH curve in a hybrid with a chassis and suspension capable of it won't cut it for you?

        My 87 GTI was a 9 second car. It was quick enough, was more fun than most cars today that are 3 seconds quicker, got better fuel economy, and was SPORTY.

        It's dumb statements like these that stop the progress of hybrids into the mainstream. It's dumb statements like these that most hybrids we have today are boring, dull, and drab.

        Hybrids are for eco-posers? Yeah OK...that's why the Prius gets well over 50 MPG and your high fuel economy car barely touches 30.

        YOU = FAIL = DUMB
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or hybrid = fail.

        The entire concept is ill-conceived. Get a diesel if you want good gas mileage. Get the same (or better) mileage without having to pay for a second drivetrain in your car. Hybrids are just for eco-posers. If they really want to save the planet they would buy a used car that gets decent mileage.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nozferat...

        The point about hybrids being eco posers that you seem to dispute has probably nothing to do with MPG. the fact that the prius' production and transfer from japan to U.S. has the eco footprint of about 5-10 huge "gas guzzling" SUV's is.

        take into consideration the nickle mining for the battery (u.s/canada) shipping to korea for refining shipping to japan (production) and back to the u.s for sales. Considering pollution from cars is about 10% of cargo ships this is quite rediculous to call the prius a "green" car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nozferat, your old GTI = win

        2200 lbs? sounds about right

        hundreds of pounds in batteries and electric drivetrain is not worth it to recapture some brake energy. by adding that to a fwd car, they are basicaly guaranteing that this and sporty can't exist in the same sentence

        we mock it before it exists because we know its a terrible idea doomed to suck turds in idea hell FOREVER!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Naggs,

        Are you really that dim to think this technology is going to stay the same forever?

        As far as FWD sports cars....well..I'm sure all the owners of Renault Clios, Meganes, Acura Type Rs, Civic Type Rs, etc would beg to differ with your ludicrous mentality.

        You mock it before exists because you have the brain of a nat.

        It's too bad there are so many people like you who have such limited vision from which the idiots in the automotive industry somehow listen to. Hence...here we are.
        • 5 Years Ago
        how about the fisker karma? tesla model s? think. people. THINK.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mehdi Cheddadi,

        God you're a closed minded douche.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Marc you ever consider that maybe people want to actually drive a new car and not a used car, and that they just want to save money on gas?

        And you make it sound like Priuses can't possibly also be sold used. Are you mentally retarded? The only person I know that even owns a Prius bought a used 2005 model, and she's super happy about how much she pays at the pump. Never says anything about saving the environment but she's just happy that her pump bill is $20.

        Quit being a retard. Looking at insurance rates and the annual fuel costs it's pretty obvious that lots of people just wanna save money, and somewhat magically you can buy Priuses both used and new depending on whether you want a new or used car...JUST LIKE OTHER CARS. WOW!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        So you're saying all the things you didn't give a sh^t about before...such as nickel mining for batteries in all cars, shipping of most cars around the world in large polluting transports, etc.....you now give a sh&t about with the Prius?

        Ah I c...you mean you're being a hypocrite. I get it.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Nozfest

        Keep in mind that just because a 9 second car is fast for your doesn't mean its fast in other people's books and manufacturers don't NOT make hybrids based on statements but on research and cost-benefit analysis in both sales and efficiency. Petrol/diesel and electric propulsion by itself are a good ideas. One putting out high mileage while the other produces little to none (direct) environmental impact (do keep in mind how the electricity from the power plugs were generated). When people putting two propulsion systems together things get over complicated. By having 2 systems the car itself is already heavier than it need to be and that already upset the efficiency of both petrol/diesel and electric system. Manufacturing the parts, 2 systems more parts mean more components need to be made and more pollution generated by the manufacturer per hybrid vehicle and where do the lithium battery goes when its done? I am not against building cars that is more friendly to the environment (i.e full electric cars) but hybrids should be a thing from the past when it potentially can produce more indirect pollution than a normal petrol/diesel.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rivengle, full electric is a different story all together

        the unprecidented powertrain responsiveness brings something to the table from a performance perspective. the batterys can be placed anywhere and the added weight can be balasted to perfect weight distro and lower the center of gravity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      guys it is an IS coupe rendition, and they will have a hybrid drive train as an option.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. It is sexy. About as sexy as a golf cart can get - now with 2 doors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This would go a long way toward Toyota getting over it's boring stodgy 4 door sedan image. However, if the drivetrain, suspension, and braking aren't any better than on the Prius, then forget about it. If Toyota wants to build some excitement and goodwill toward their small cars on my behalf, they'll need to start making 2 door versions of nearly every model, definitely lose the lame torsion beam suspensions, and never again use drum brakes.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyobaru?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, that's what I thought. Looks like one of the last Toyobaru renderings. Or at least it should look like that.
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