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Lexus and Toyota Tease Concept Vehicles

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On: Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 10:52AM | By: Chris Weiss


Lexus and Toyota Tease Concept Vehicles

Toyota is planning quite the offensive at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. It will unveil a race-derived hybrid concept, while luxury brand Lexus will show a concept car of its own. It's saving the details for the show, but it has played a little game of tease-and-tell to whet our appetites.

Ordinarily we don't get too excited about concept teasers; you just never know what you're in for because concepts range from incredible to wild to downright horrible. But Lexus has had a pretty strong run of concept cars of late, with show-stealers like the LF-LC and LF-CC. Those may not be the most riveting model names, but the cars themselves were some of the most interesting concepts of last year, so Lexus has our attention.

Judging by the single teaser photo released this week, Lexus' newest concept car should be a fitting successor. The photo shows a rather sinister headlamp and just a tad of the spindle grille that has adorned all the latest Lexus models and concepts. A picture will have to be worth 1,000 words because that's all Lexus has provided so far.

Toyota was more forthcoming, but only slightly. It said that its concept is called the Hybrid-R Concept. It is based on the Toyota Hybrid System that powers the TS030 race car. The concept isn't as powerful as the racer, which combines a 530-hp V8 engine with up to 300 horses of boost from a supercapacitor-powered electric motor, but it promises to be plenty sporty. Toyota says that it has more than 400-hp on tap, with track and road modes to tailor performance around the driver's needs.

Toyota's original Hybrid-R teaser was as mysterious as the Lexus photo, but a subsequently released rendering shows that the Hybrid-R is a small hatchback with a "Yaris" designation. We're not sure why they chose to name it after one of their tiniest, least powerful cars, but a 400-hp hybrid hot hatch is some alliteration that we like the sound of.

Both Lexus and Toyota will hold their press conferences on September 10, the first media day of the Frankfurt show.


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