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Toyota GR HV Sports Concept is a hybrid Targa-top 86

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Jose Altoveros / Toyota | October 07, 2017 02:59

TS050 LMP1 inspired Toyota GR HV Sports Concept to debut at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

Recently, Toyota revealed their all new Gazoo Racing (GR) model line up which comprised of aesthetic upgrades to more powerful top-end models, such as the GR Vitz/Yaris.

The Japanese automaker has revealed images of its new GR HV Sports Concept which debuts at the this year's Tokyo Motor Show. A concept sports car which draws inspiration from their hybrid Le Mans racer.

Toyota previews GR HV Sports Concept ahead of Tokyo Motor Show

The targa top hybrid Toyota 86 with a targa top takes inspiration from their TS050 Hybrid LMP1 car for its overall styling. One of the most noticeable design cues taken from the LMP1 car would be the headlight arrangement. Unlike a conventional car, the GR HV Sports concept uses LED clusters stacked on top of each other.

Toyota previews GR HV Sports Concept ahead of Tokyo Motor Show

Moving to the rear, it sports a more futuristic look with a thin LED strip as taillights combined with large vents which runs down the side and continues to run the length of the rear. A center exit exhaust and newly designed wheels the complete the TS050 LMP1 inspired look.

Apart from the front and rear fascia modifications, the GR HV Sports concept continues to the retain the factory lines of the 86. What sets it apart from a standard 86 would be the hybrid powertrain devloped from the TS050 that it uses. To boost handling and improve weight distribution, engineers have installed the battery pack at the center of the vehicle.

Toyota previews GR HV Sports Concept ahead of Tokyo Motor Show

Toyota did not say what engine the GR HV Sports concept uses, but does mention it comes with an automatic tranmission with drivers able to shift manually using an H-pattern shifter. To start it, the driver uses the ignition switch located on the shiftknob.

No details have yet to be released regarding its power output or specifications on the hybrid powertrain, but Toyota will likely do so during its public debut at the Tokyo Motor Show.