There is no denying that Toyota’s fuel-efficient cars are some of the best that the market has to offer, and they are about to get a new hybrid concept. Now we are not certain if it will ever make it to production as a road car, but the Japanese carmaker is all set to enter this new convertible in the Nurburgring 24-Hour endurance race.
Now we try to steer away from sport related articles, but we cannot pass this one by due to the potential of such a car. The car in question is called the GRMN Hybrid Concept II, and some of you auto fans will notice a few similarities between this and a model that they had on show at an auto event last year.
The idea of such a car making it to production is a nice one, as this would be a hybrid with a difference. The reason we say this is because it has its engine in the middle and has drive to all four wheels. What this gives you is a car with a good center of gravity for superb handling and also a huge amount of grip from all four wheels.
The gasoline engine produces 245hp and the electric motor 50hp, a total of 295 horsepower. However, Autoblog does inform us that it is the front wheels only that gets power from the motor and not the rears.
On top of all this the car only weighs 3,300 lbs, so this in turn not only helps with fuel-efficiency but with handling as well. There is a very slim chance that Toyota will release the GRMN, but what a nice thought it would be. The main issue would be its price, as some of the technology used comes at a price — one that some drivers might find hard to swallow.
Having said that, we pay the price for the Tesla Roadster, so why not a hybrid sports convertible? Just imagine if Toyota were to launch the GRMN, they would be seen as Jekyll and Hyde, as the Prius would be the former and Hyde would be the latter.
Do not underestimate the Japanese automaker, as they may just surprise us and realize that they could create a new market — just as they did with their Prius. This was not the first hybrid, but it was the fast mass-produced one — much like the Model T Ford in some respects. We need more cars on the road like this, as the price of fuel is now getting out of hand. GM knew this, which is why the Chevy Volt has been doing very well considering.
If Toyota were to launch the GRMN Hybrid concept, how much would you be prepared to pay?