agreedSWPLGT05 said:We will not ever see this car or anything like it from Toyota. They a just blowing smoke...
I couldn't care less if it kills trees or saves them so long as delivers the promised performancequinine said:I don't know how I really feel about the Hybrid aspect, but if that's what it takes to get a new coupe from Toyota then go-go-go!
http://www.autoblog.com/2005/10/20/subaru-b5-tph-debuts-as-first-turbo-hybrid/Red Falcon said:Lol, um how are hybrids for modding? I have no clue about hybrid engines other then they get good city gas milage and convert braking energy into electric energy.
Future Vision: Hybrid-clever and Ferrari-fast, this could be Toyota's long-awaited Supra replacement
"We don't develop frivolous concept cars," says a Toyota insider. First-and most important-point to remember is the FT-HS has nothing in common with the Lexus LF-A that's been regularly photographed testing at the Nrburgring Nordschliefe. The forthcoming Lexus supercar is built off a unique and expensive platform with a lot of unique and expensive components. It's simply too expensive to build to sell as a Toyota.The FT-HS is built around a new, production-ready platform (known internally as the N platform, it's actually a flexible component set). The N platform is a front-engine, rear-drive architecture that'll underpin the next-gen Lexus IS and GS sedans as well as the Japan-only Toyota Crown and Mark X models. And the man in charge of the N platform's development? FT-HS concept planner Tamura-san, a 30-year Toyota veteran.
A production version of the FT-HS is therefore certainly feasible. But whether the car should be built at all is the subject of huge debate within Toyota. There are those who worry a Toyota like this is precisely the wrong car at the wrong time. They'd rather focus on ensuring the recent spate of embarrassing quality glitches doesn't happen again (Toyota recalled 2.2 million vehicles in the U.S. last year, more than 10 times the number it did in 2003, while recalls have jumped 41-fold in Japan since 2001).
But Toyota's North American executives desperately want the car to plug the gap left by the demise of the twin-turbo Supra in 1998 and to take on Nissan's long-awaited GTR supercoupe, which will make its U.S. debut in 2008. They also worry about collateral damage from Detroit's looming musclecar war and the impact of Hyundai's forthcoming rear-drive BH-platform coupe, which may get a V-8 engine. "We're looking at what we think is a hole in our lineup," says one American Toyota executive. "Toyota needs a halo car."
The old Supra retailed for about $44,000. Nissan is reportedly talking a $55,000 sticker for the all-wheel-drive, twin-turbo GTR (though we'd be surprised if it was much under $70,000), and the big-horse versions of Mustang, Camaro, and Challenger will probably be $50,000-plus. Allow for inflation, technology-creep, and market competition and production versions of the FT-HS would probably retail for $60,000. Right now, Toyota is only talking about a hybrid powertrain for the FT-HS. But if put into production, it may also be offered with conventional V-6 and V-8 engines, both with lower power outputs and at cheaper price points.
Toyota is easily the best-placed automaker in the world right now to make a commercial and critical success of a car like this. So maybe it ought to stop worrying and just do it. And if it wants to worry about something, how about that name? FT-HS sounds more like the secret ingredient in those instant weight-loss pills sold on late-night TV than a name for a muscular 21st-century sports car. Why not call it Supra?
If it's 30k yeah but for 60k i would rather get something elsemotortrend said:FT-HS would probably retail for $60,000. Right now, Toyota is only talking about a hybrid powertrain for the FT-HS. But if put into production, it may also be offered with conventional V-6 and V-8 engines, both with lower power outputs and at cheaper price points.
Good article -- thanks for posting I have a pretty good feeling about this -- for once the US is pushing for the "cool car" and Japan is resistant, but I think the logic regarding the hole in Toyota's line-up is sound, and Toyota will build it.GTsRasta said:http://www.motortrend.com/future/concept_cars/112_0702_toyota_fths
I just read all this in this month's motortrend .
Yeah... I think if they build this, they'll have to offer it in several levels of performance. A less expensive/powerful one could be a competitor for the 350Z and the top-of-the-line performer could compete with the Skyline.twistedGTS said:If it's 30k yeah but for 60k i would rather get something elsemotortrend said:FT-HS would probably retail for $60,000. Right now, Toyota is only talking about a hybrid powertrain for the FT-HS. But if put into production, it may also be offered with conventional V-6 and V-8 engines, both with lower power outputs and at cheaper price points.
The June '07 print edition of Automobile is full of juicy information, and one of the more significant bits of news appears in a sidebar on page 30. According to the magazine, Toyota has given the FT-HS hybrid sports car the green light, and the Calty-designed production version will make its debut in 2009. It's being billed by Automobile as the spiritual successor to the late, lamented Supra -- a position that's hard to argue assuming you can look past the probable lack of an inline 6. Like the concept, the two-seat FT-HS will pair the company's Hybrid Synergy Drive with an as-yet-undetermined gasoline engine (the concept utilized a 3.5-liter V6). Power and pricing aren't discussed, but if the numbers thrown around when the concept was introduced -- 400 horses and mid-level dollar amounts -- are feasible, the thing should have plenty of takers.