Toyota Supra Hybrid Coming Under Gazoo Performance Sub-Brand Name

Toyota will debut the storied Supra sports car at the Tokyo Motor Show in October boasting a new hybrid powertrain, and will be a part of the company’s new Gazoo performance division.

What is Gazoo you ask? Unless you follow Toyota’s factory racing program in the Japanese Super GT series and more recently the World Rally Championship, Dakar Rally and the World Endurance Championship, odds are it’s an unknown word. Toyota wants to change that.

The automaker plans to transform its Gazoo motorsports arm into a performance road car sub-brand similar to the BMW M and Mercedes-AMG divisions.

Speaking with Britain’s Autocar at the WRC Monte Carlo Rally, Gazoo Racing boss, Koei Saga, said producing a halo hybrid road car model has been a dream of his. He also commented that the Gazoo’s road car group was currently making use of the Gazoo’s racing hybrid technology found in the Prius V-8 hybrid that competes in the Japanese Super GT series.

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The new Supra has been co-developed with the BMW Z5, with that car making its public debut at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Both the Supra and Z5 are expected to be powered by BMW’s 255 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four and a 340 horsepower turbo 3.0-liter V-6. The Gazoo hybrid will follow at a later date.

The first production Gazoo model will be a hot version of the Yaris three-door hatchback set for introduction at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It’s expected to have a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will produce more than 210 horsepower.

As for what the new Supra will be called, Autocar said it is unknown, but Toyota is playing with either the Gazoo Supra or Toyota Supra Gazoo.

Autocar


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