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Old 02-28-2008, 01:46 PM   #1
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Default Toyota Exec: FT-HS could be a vision for Toyota Supra of the future



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When Toyota unveiled the FT-HS (which stands for Future Toyota Hybrid Sports) at the 2007 North American International Auto Show, they never told us about the future of the car. We were left thinking whether this is just another concept car that will never see the light of production or is this the next Celica or the next Supra.


Today Toyota showed the FT-HS to the mates in Australia, giving them their peak at the 3.5 liter V6 hybrid and Australia’s corporate manager of product planning Peter Evans gave a little insight at what the FT-HS could be.
“To really appreciate FT-HS, think of it as a ‘Prius on steroids,’” said Evan. “Alternatively, it could be a vision for a Toyota Supra of the future.”


Could be? Come on Toyota, something more firm than that! Make the move already!
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25 February 2008 - Sports cars will thrive in the 21st century world of rising fuel prices and environmental responsibility, judging by a concept car unveiled today by Toyota Australia.
The FT-HS - which stands for Future Toyota Hybrid Sports - is a futuristic sports-car concept with a sleek, aerodynamic profile and a potent petrol-electric hybrid engine.


Its front-engine, rear-drive layout provides revolutionary hybrid acceleration and optimal performance with a projected 0-100km/h dash in the four-second range.


It also features the fuel-saving benefits and ultra-low emissions of Toyota’s hybrid technology.


Toyota Australia’s corporate manager product planning Peter Evans said the FT-HS is exhilarating to drive while having eco-friendly benefits such as impressive fuel efficiency and low emissions.


“To really appreciate FT-HS, think of it as a ‘Prius on steroids’.


“Alternatively, it could be a vision for a Toyota Supra of the future,” Mr Evans said.


“FT-HS shows what Toyota can achieve by combining its 50 years in motorsport with more than a decade of hybrid experience and development.


“The ability to enjoy the ultimate driving pleasure with a clear conscience makes FT-HS the ideal sports car for the 21st century.


“It will appeal to an emerging group of buyers who are environmentally aware and regard technology as a necessity, not a luxury.”


Toyota is the global leader in hybrid technology, having sold more than one million units of the world’s first mass-produced hybrid, Prius.


The new concept car mates an electric motor to a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine, which is similar to that used in several production models.


Its combined power output target is about 300kW - or almost 50 per cent more than the V6 petrol-only engine in the Aurion family car, Kluger mid-size SUV, Tarago people mover and RAV4 compact SUV.


FT-HS was produced by Calty, Toyota’s California research and design centre.


The centre set out to develop a mid-priced sports car that integrates ecology and emotion in a concept that addresses the question: “What is a suitable sports car for the 21st century?”


Australians can view the FT-HS concept on Toyota’s stand at the Melbourne International Motor Show (29 February to 10 March).
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Old 02-28-2008, 02:12 PM   #2
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lol.. the traditional supra owners might not like this one... no room for a 3 row fmic in front there..

I'd take one though!
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Old 02-28-2008, 08:35 PM   #3
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I want.

If the 4000 lb. GS540h can avg. 24 mpg than I think this thing will weigh at least 300 lbs. less, be even faster, and average 25 mpg minimum (especially with the added power coming from the electric motors). Lots of potential here.
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Old 02-28-2008, 11:01 PM   #4
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In the Year 2000!!!!!! The distant future. All supras will be hybrids.
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Old 02-29-2008, 01:13 PM   #5
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I have no faith that Toyota will create an engaging driver's car. I will of course be happy to be proven wrong. The fact that they are thinking hybrid has me even more skeptical.
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Old 02-29-2008, 05:38 PM   #6
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I have no faith that Toyota will create an engaging driver's car. I will of course be happy to be proven wrong. The fact that they are thinking hybrid has me even more skeptical.
The fact that they are thinking hybrid just makes it better.

Have you ever driven a hybrid? I can tell you that the instantaneous torque coming from the electric motors of my mom's RX400h is not only ridiculously exciting, but that power is also good for 4 wheel burnouts. Mmmmmm....delcious.
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Old 02-29-2008, 07:58 PM   #7
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I have no faith that Toyota will create an engaging driver's car. I will of course be happy to be proven wrong. The fact that they are thinking hybrid has me even more skeptical.
While looking the otherway, i think this shows Toyota ambition to create a new era of sports cars. Hybrids are no doubt the future

The only downfall i see from this is the aftermarket/tuners. But hey, if the car captures the world's attention like how the GTR did, who needs to mod a near perfect everyday sports car?
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Old 03-03-2008, 08:47 PM   #8
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There are already people out there modding the Priui.
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Old 03-03-2008, 11:17 PM   #9
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I'll see it when I believe it, just like the "Supra Concept" we heard about for the last couple years... nothing showed up.
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Old 03-04-2008, 10:23 PM   #10
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mkiv was perfect sports car design imo....if they could have made it a little lighter and cheaper, it coulda been a hit.
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Old 03-05-2008, 11:49 AM   #11
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While looking the otherway, i think this shows Toyota ambition to create a new era of sports cars. Hybrids are no doubt the future

The only downfall i see from this is the aftermarket/tuners. But hey, if the car captures the world's attention like how the GTR did, who needs to mod a near perfect everyday sports car?
Actually I'd say diesels are the near future and Volt style seires hybrids are the future.

I think hybrids are fine for any type of vehicle except a sports car. I can understand the benefits of instant torque and fast shifting twin-clutch transmissions.

At some point I think you begin to lose the symbiotic relationship you get from a car that provides good feedback from the suspension/brake pedal/wheel, a growl from the exhaust and the smell of burnt clutch because you were a little to hot on the throttle.

It's why I'm thinking of getting a V-8 in my next car, I'd like to have the experience before they go the way of the Dodo.
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Old 03-05-2008, 03:06 PM   #12
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meh, just bring back the mkIV...and the sw20 mr2...and the all trac.
God Toyota used to be awesome.
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