Already one of the most exciting vehicles that Toyota has produced in years, the Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S has quickly become a favorite of car fanatics everywhere. After its debut, the new sports car hit the ground running and hasn’t looked into its review mirror for the competition. At the recent Geneva Motor Show, Toyota introduced the latest iteration of its flaming hot sports car, a convertible concept. Now, even more news about the Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S has come to light, the confirmation of a potential hybrid.
The first true sports car from the people at Toyota since the Celica was discontinued in 2006, the FR-S has been the central cog in the rumor mill for the automotive giant. Rumors about turbo and supercharged versions of the car have flourished, but have yet to bear any fruit. However, the gossip about a possible convertible proved to be true, and it seems as if the latest story around a hybrid model will also come to fruition.
“I’ve been asked a lot about a turbocharging,” Tada said in an interview with Autocar. “We are already working on a mid-life facelift for the car, and we are investigating both turbocharging and supercharging too,” he added. “But an electric motor assistance solution is also possible, and would bring benefits that forced induction does not.”
So what do you think? Is there a great benefit to Toyota releasing a hybrid version of its latest sports car? With the immense success that the FR-S has had already, it is possible that every rumored version of this vehicle will go to production. The excitement is palpable.