Five Axis started its experiments modifying a Toyota Prius with a concept called the Aemulus and then moved on to the Aerius Prius at SEMA last year. As promised, the Aerius concept has evolved into the Five Axis Edition Toyota Prius package, pictured above, which is now available for consumer purchase. The Aerius' clear wheel covers are gone, but the Prius' original aerodynamics haven't been affected: a Prius with and without the kit have a drag coefficient of 0.25. The cost for the kit isn't posted on the Five Axis website, but we've asked and will update this post when the company shares that information with us.
Why would you want to pay to spruce up the look of your Prius? For some, the answer might be obvious. The "iconic" Prius shape gets a bit more aggressive with a four-piece urethane aero kit, optional tinted windows and new FIVE:AD S6:F wheels and Yokohama AVID W4s tires. The sound system can also be updated with an optional Five Axis Design subwoofer enclosure and amp rack. Five Axis' history modding Scions seems to have paid off here with the move to hybrid territory. Troy Sumitomo, the president of Five Axis and Five:AD, said, "The Hybrid market remains a blank canvas for styling enhancements, here in the U.S. Our goal is to bring a little pizzazz to a car that has often been thought of as conservative by many."
*UPDATE: Five Axis told us:
Five Axis Edition Toyota Prius package MSRP starting at $2,740.00 with 17" wheels (paint/installation not included). Additional options including larger wheel diameter (18"), leather seat covers and 3M Cyrstalline window film are also available. Please contact Five Axis Design or your local participating Toyota dealership for more information.