Toyota executive vice president Masatami Takimoto has confirmed that a new sports car that will feature a hybrid power train is in the pipeline and will take off where the MR2 ended according to sources from AutoExpress(yet again). The previous MR2 ended its production in 2007 and was much loved by enthusiasts.
The new model will be marketed as a performance coupe with a rear-wheel chassis that uses a redeveloped Prius hybrid drivetrain for high performance. Thus with hybrid engine in the trunk you can expect CO2 emmisions of 100g/km while returning 60miles per every gallon.
Mr Takimoto goes on to say “We have set a tough price point (expected to be around £20,000), as it will be easier to sell if it is affordable. It has to be fun to drive, too, which means the hybrid set-up must be different to the Prius’s, with greater responsiveness.”
0 to 60 figures could be anything, but Autoexpress reckons it could reach it in 7 seconds. Realistic competition for this new hybrid MR2 will be the likes of the Honda CRZ.