Could a Scion FR-S hybrid be on the horizon? Don’t be surprised if it is.
It’s no secret that Toyota wants to give its newest sports car more performance, but previously it was believed that it would come in the form of a larger engine. For one, it’d be most cost-efficient, and secondly, it wouldn’t add a ton of additional weight to the FR-S. But according to Toyota’s senior manager for drivetrain engineering, Koei Saga, development work on a hybrid powertrain for the GT 86 is “quite advanced now, so if the green light is given, we are ready to do it.”
At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Toyota is showing off its Yaris Hybrid-R concept, which essentially borrows its powertrain from the Japanese automaker’s TS030 Hybrid Le Mans race car. With a total system output of 420 horsepower, the Yaris Hybrid-R concept is no slouch, and proves that hybrid technology can be used for more fun. But the Yaris R, even in concept form, uses a six-speed sequential transmission. There’s no arguing that the FR-S wouldn’t be an FR-S without a manual transmission.
While it’s unlikely the FR-S will see a hybrid powertrain in its current form, don’t be surprised if the next-generation model benefits from the technology.
[Source: Autocar UK]
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