Hybrid cars are at their peak in the auto field. There is an entire trend of creating eco-friendly cars, so it is not false if we say that we are in the hybrid era. There are plenty of reasons why interest in these vehicles convinced even the most important car producers to enter the trend. Toyota, being one of the most innovative brands in the world, in no exception. Therefore, the Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept is just one step away of its official debut from Frankfurt.
The Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept is inspired by the three-door Yaris and it is powered by a four-cylinder 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that generates 300 bhp (224 kW) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) and carries it to the front wheels. The rear wheels are each set in motion by a 60 bhp (45 kW) electric motor. The two electric units have a maximum output of 120 bhp (89 Nm) available for up to five seconds when Track mode is activated. During this five-second interval, the concept reaches a maximum output of 420 bhp (313 kW). There is a third electric motor placed between the traditional engine and the six-speed sequential gearbox that offers some extra 60 bhp. This only goes into function when the vehicle decelerates and it is a sort of a traction control system that retransmits torque to the rear axle.
The Toyota Yaris Hybrid-R Concept illustrates a more aggressive and different interpretation of the design language that is specific for the latest Toyota models. The concept features a new larger front grille, redesigned headlights and some black and blue elements to contrast the white body colour. The hybrid sits on a set of 18 inch TRD alloy wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup rubbers sized 225/40 R18 that are stopped by some perforated discs with six- piston calipers at the front and four- piston calipers at the back. And if the exterior resembles the Toyota racing cars, the interior is more obvious, having clearly been inspired by the race track. Some GT 86 inspired sport pedals, dual tone Recaro bucket seats and the sport steering wheel only confirm the fact that this Yaris hybrid targets maximum driving pleasure both on the road and on track. With an intelligent drive system and impressive performance, the Toyota hybrid vehicles will certainly remain in the top.
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