2010 Toyota Sport Hybrid

Revamping the once deceased MR2 chassis with modern hybrid technology, Toyota is able to create a sports car hybrid to directly compete with Tesla's Roadster, and Dodge's Circuit. This hybrid actually packs a punch and has the ability to exceed 100 mph while still pulling hard. The MR2 chassis is perfect for a hybrid sports car. It features a small and aerodynamic body that is race proven for stability and handling. If it's not broke, don't fix it! Why spend extra money on redesigning something that is already a great vehicle. Maybe the discontinued it to reintroduce it as a hybrid?

Toyota Sport Hybrid specifications:
  • 3.3 liter V6
  • MR2 chassis
  • All-wheel drive
  • 2800 pound curb weight
  • 0-60 in 4.5 seconds
  • CVT transmission (continuously variable)
My impression of this vehicle is that it's a cost effective solution for Toyota to enter the hybrid sports car market. The MR2 chassis is very stable an rigid, and adding an all-wheel drive platform to this once great chassis is only added benefit. Bringing AWD together with a hybrid, now that's magic. A very quick looking and active vehicle, it is slightly heavier than the previous 2,200 pound MR2 thanks to the additional drive train and hybrid driver technology. Regardless of it's added weight, the Toyota Sport Hybrid is going to be a hit amongst enthusiasts.

Video content: Toyota Sport Hybrid Concept

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Source: Tampa Sports Car Examiner

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