Japanese magazine Holiday reports that the new car will use a hybrid system with three electric motors and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Two of the electric motors will sit in the front of the car powering the two front wheels while the third motor will be integrated into the engine and transmission to power the rear.
Toyota showed a version of that system last year during the Frankfurt Motor Show in its Yaris Hybrid R concept and again in more advanced TS040 Hybrid Le Mans prototype. As you might remember from past coverage, the Yaris Hybrid R uses a supercapacitor to store energy. That system is supposed to be the same equipment being packaged with the new Supra for a total system output of about 350 horsepower.
When Toyota revealed its FT-1 concept, which is widely thought to be a preview of the Supra, the Japanese company said it was targeting a curb weight somewhere around 3,000 lbs. Toyota is expected to reveal its new sports car sometime before 2017 as is BMW with its new platform-sharing sports car that will replace the current Z4.
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[Source: Holiday via Motoring]