Hybrid coming for hot Toyota coupé

Hybrid coming for hot Toyota coupé
9 Mar, 2011 2:30pm Nick Gibbs

FT-86 wowed crowds with its scoop-like grille – and hybrid could follow.

It’s a welcome return to sporting Toyotas of the past – but the new FT-86 is likely to spawn a hybrid version, the firm has revealed.

The rear-wheel-drive coupé was unveiled at the Geneva show in near-production form, and will be built alongside a sister car from Subaru, which also supplies the 2.0-litre flat-four boxer petrol engine.

We asked a Toyota spokesman whether a hybrid could be built, and he told us: “Why not? It’s no secret we’ve been considering a hybrid sports car for a while.”

The maker claims the scoop-like grille and sweeping profile have been “generated purely according to the constraints of function and aerodynamics”. Subaru decided at the last minute not to display its version of the car, but instead showed a ‘wire-frame’ teaser model focusing on the engine, suspension and Lineartronic CVT gearbox that will be used.

Company insiders told Auto Express that we should expect more aggressive styling touches on the production version of the as-yet-unnamed Subaru. It’s likely that both manufacturers will unveil their production-ready designs at the Tokyo Motor Show later this year, with sales expected to start some time in 2012.

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Wow what a lovely looking motor and with the most advanced technology behind it its going to be fantastic at launch. The Subaru will be great too (when they have the guts to show us the final model!)
Hopefully the hybrid version won't be a slow model just for extra mpg!

Front lets it down a bit but a stunning car!