Toyota Releases More Details about the Hybrid-R Concept

September 3rd, 2013 by

Here at Walser Toyota we have been on a rollercoaster of emotion ever since it was announced that the Frankfurt Motor Show would provide the stage for Toyota to unveil the new concept to come from the BMW partnership that we wrote about last time on our blog.

We have been very excited to see this new vehicle and after hearing that it was going to be a hybrid with sports car performance, we were expecting something like a cross between a Supra and a Celica. Instead, it has been announced that this new drivetrain will be housed in a Toyota Yaris.

Known for being a great car for compact, city driving, the Toyota Yaris has never had a reputation for performance, but that is all about to change. Toyota has released some details about the new Hybrid-R Concept that the world is waiting for, and the specs have impressed us already.

This Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept will be built with a 1.6-liter, race-derived, direct-injection, turbocharged four-cylinder. Then there is a supercapacitor that will replace traditional hybrid battery packs. It will power three 60 horsepower electric motors. Two will be located in the rear wheels and the third will be between the engine and the transmission. Altogether this vehicle should be able to achieve up to 414 horsepower according to Toyota.

Those are some lofty claims but we are still excited to see exactly what Toyota brings to the table at Frankfurt later this month. In the meantime, you can learn more about Toyota hybrid technology by visiting the Walser Toyota showroom located at 4401 American Blvd, West Bloomington, MN. Our friendly staff is always ready to answer any questions you may have.