Toyota’s sports car ideas do attract a lot of attention especially after the company introduced the FT/GT86 model a few years ago. However, a successor to the 86 has been anticipated and Toyota haven’t really said anything what it plans to offer. Now, Japanese media is reporting that a new hybrid-powertrain targa-top sports coupe could reach production by 2019.
The forthcoming arrival is said to be based on the GR HV Sports Concept which shown in October at the Tokyo Motor Show. That concept was mechanically based on the 86 sports coupe but was fitted with a different nose and a electric-hybrid powertrain.
The report says that the targa top of the concept, reminiscent of the Supra, will make it to production. In addition, the powertrain will be a 2.0-litre petrol engine mated to a TSH-R (Toyota Sports Hybrid-Racing) system derived from its TS050 hybrid Le Mans race car.
Interestingly, the engine could be a Subaru flat-four that also powers the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ, or a BMW inline-four.