Although Toyota’s hybrids have a strong reputation for being fuel efficient and eco-friendly, understandably they’ve never had much appeal for the red-blooded performance enthusiasts out there. But with the debut of the Yaris Hybrid R Concept at Frankfurt next week, it appears that may soon be changing.
Drawing inspiration from Toyota’s TS030 LMP1 car, the Yaris Hybrid R is out to show what could happen if Toyota put its hybrid technology to use in a performance street car.
The concept is based on the standard issue Yaris three-door hatchback, but beneath the skin it bears little resemblance to any Toyota you’ll currently find on a showroom floor.
Under the hood is a 300hp turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection, mated to a six-speed sequential transmission. Additionally, the car features a 60hp electric motor on each rear wheel for a combined total of 420hp. A third electric motor powers the traction control system.
While I imagine it’s unlikely that a 420hp all-wheel drive Toyota Yaris Hybrid will ever see production, it’s definitley cool to see the automaker at least toying with the idea.
Who wouldn’t want something like this for a daily driver?
I can't tell if it's the internal combustion motor driving just the fronts, and the electric just the rears... or the internal combustion driving all four, and the electric boosting the rears?
Yeah cool, while toyota are trying to look awesome by building this concept they are currently producing the worlds shittest/most underpowered sportscar. The 86. Get a fxxxxxg clue toyota! Even if you must get Yamaha involved to give the allusion you guys can build a motor who cares just do it!
I'm noticing how popular the 1.6L I4 with direct injection configuration is -- I guess it must be the way to get somewhat close to 6 cylinder power but with modern fuel efficiency and weight savings?
this is deff. a step in the right direction with the Yaris they should have a TRD Yaris with this same 300 Horse motor, sign me up if thats the case!
My initial response to just the title was "whaaaat!!!" followed by laughter. Then I read the specs and its definitely doable for production. (In my opinion) Probably not 300hp + 120hp but maybe 180hp + 70hp. I have to say if this is the future , I'm not so disappointed. And truthfully pulling off on electric power only is kind of cool, in a hybrid with a gas powered engine that actually makes noise.
For me an 86 version of this with a good looking shooting brake design and 280-300ish total hp would be perfect. Probably wouldnt be able to get away with anything under 1500kg but thats ok just dont price it above 40k usd. But this will never happen.
PSA did something like this too, with help off theirs la mans team, i think they did it ealier and less unreal :)
Man! Whos running that joint? Power plant and drivetrain consists of some awesome ideas and possibilities. But please god I hope it doesnt look anything like that thing. We need the R&D guys of the late 80s and early 90s to come back!
Obviously this would have to be toned down (quite) a bit for mass production, but why couldn't this be the next Toyota Starlet?
B-Spec (Yaris, Fit, 2) are the same length, width, and weight as the front-wheel-drive hot-hatches and hot-compact-sedans of the late 80's and early 90's. Remember Type R, SE-R, MP3, and all the others?
B-Spec is lower power (~100 HP), unfortunately cartoonishly taller (because now we all wear stove pipe hats when we drive), and hobbled with early 80's design rear beam axle suspensions. So there is no sleek appearance or canyon carving handling.
If the automakers would put independent rear suspension and 200-225 HP, they could provide us all with the same small, affordable, fun cars that everyone has been trying to find for the last 15 years.
But, instead, they are so invested in the "hybrid-can-be-exciting" propaganda movement, that they refuse to offer anything above milk toast without expensive, heavy, and self defeating electric assist mechanisms.
Remember the Toyota test driver who died a few years ago? It was said he always wanted Toyota to make a light simple rwd hot hatch. Maybe this will simplify a bit and turn into that. Aka new starlet
take the hybrid away no batteries, no electric motors, keep 300hp and a lightweight yaris. i bet faster and more fun in the corners.
Interesting how they've depicted it at Spa Francorchamps, such a fast circuit wouldn't really suit such a short car methinks...
They should sell it as the Starlet Hybrid R - 160hp gas banger and a 60hp electric motor - RWD - 6spd - 20k USD
Hey Toyota... PM me.
even though i like the concept, and the fact that they're getting back their hands on the enthusiast side on things, i would rather see them save their resources on making a new Supra or next gen GT-86 instead, they can do this after.
I feel like this is leading the way into introducing a Hybrid Supra in the next few years. Kinda exciting but we'll have to wait and see if it'll continue to build on the legacy of the JZA80...
Its comforting and interesting at the same time to see a very high tech car like this running a normal looking tubular manifold and external wastegate instead of some wacky integrated cylinder head manifold or one piece manifold/turbine.
I'm not so sure this car is so unrealistic. This could be a move to compete with the likes of the upcoming Civic Type R, with a 300bhp turbo engine, minus the hybrid drivetrain. Toyota did say they were going to release more performance models alongside the 86, so this could lead to the hot hatch which has been missing from their lineup.
It's neat and all but it's a shame Toyota is wasting time doing stuff like this when they could be working on a new Supra. I'm sure I am not alone here...
I hope they have improved the handling too. That thing would be scary to drive fast, all over the shop.
Soon you will have a RWD hot hatch... Twingo 3 ;)
@robzor Who even needs the front wheels to be driven?? :)
@BoostNAbler It is AWD "a 420hp all-wheel drive Toyota Yaris Hybrid"
@zephoto I wouldn't be surprised to see this technology wind up in the new Supra when it arrives.
@zephoto Most people who want the Supra won't be able to afford the new one, it won't be cheap. I rather them work on tech like this, making another Supra isn't hard. People only like em for the 2JZ anyways.
You just might be looking at the new Supra
@zephoto what if this is drive-train testing for the Supra? I see that as a distinct possibility
Sorry, your link leads to a misnamed story about larger sized cars which are not light weight. Those are not hot hatches, those are the over sized, heavy descendants of what the manufacturers let those names grew into.
Renaultsport Megane 265: 2,987 lb.
BMW M135i: 3,500 lb.
Ford Fiesta ST: 2,700 lb.
Mini John Cooper Works GP: 2,750 lb.
Suzuki Swift Sport: 2,600 lb.
Audi A1 quattro: 3,146 lb.
Ford Focus ST: 3,250 lb.
Peugeot 208 GTI: 2,855 lb.
VW Golf GTI mk7: 2,978 lb.
Renaultsport Twingo 133: 2,469 lb.
All of these are 10% or more over the 2,200 lb. mark discussed. And 2,700 lb gets into the 80's-90's era GT (Grand Touring) weight range of cars like Starion, RX-7, 280Z, Supra, etc. At 2,700 lb., the customer has the right to expect performance levels above that of hot hatches, and more in line with what those Japanese GTs did, which is to go out and embarrass Mustang and Camaro owners.
or MR2 with awd ;)
Hot hatches are about fun, handling and practicality, not about embarrassing anyone. 80s are over and not coming back. If you want noisy unrefined little fun car, just go and buy used 205 GTI and stop whining.