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Toyota Supra Successor To Get 400-HP Hybrid Powertrain

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On: Fri, May 11, 2012 at 1:22PM | By: Chris Weiss

Toyota Supra Successor To Get 400-HP Hybrid Powertrain

The rumored Toyota Supra successor may be taking a move upmarket. Instead of battling mid-level sports cars like the Nissan 370Z, it may be battling flagships like the Honda NSX. A new report is the second we've read that gifts the Supra revival a 400-hp hybrid powertrain that could help it to be Toyota's halo.

We first read about a possible 400-hp hybrid drive unit late last year in Motor Trend. The latest issue of the magazine gives a few more details on the model, which isn't expected to bring back the Supra name.

The new Supra (or whatever it's called) will reportedly get a hybrid powertrain very similar to Honda's SH-AWD, which will power the NSX. Like Honda's version, the Toyota powertrain will have an all-wheel-drive layout with a combination of 3.5-liter V-6 engine and electric motors. Also like the NSX's set-up, Toyota's powertrain will use the engine to power the rear wheels and electric motors to independently power the front wheels.

Honda hasn't provided an output figure for its SH-AWD or the NSX, but rumors suggest it will be around that same 400-hp.

Motor Trend says that Toyota will look to the 2007 FT-HS concept (pictured) for styling influence. It could have the model ready for launch by 2015 at an estimated price around $60,000. Then again, it hasn't officially approved it yet, so it may not be ready by 2015 - or ever.

Toyota has been all over the map in terms of possible sports car directions. Only one thing is clear: its sports car line will have the GT 86 and the Lexus LFA. Other than that, things are uncertain. There may be a sub-GT 86 entry level sports car. There may be a Supra. There may even be a hypercar above the LFA. It seems like everything's on the table at the moment.


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