Sunday, November 16, 2008

Toyota FT-HS Concept

Toyota FT-HS Concept

When most people think "concept sports car", the word hybrid doesn't initially spring to mind. However, the two-plus-two FT-HS concept, being a Toyota and all, features ultra-low emissions and a fuel-efficient 3.5 Liter V6 hybrid electric engine under its rakishly shaped hood.& Toyota says the power plant should be good for close to 400 horsepower; power will be driven to rear wheels and boasts a four second 0-to-60 acceleration time. Not too shabby.

The FT-HS answers a question asked a lot more now since gas, while somewhat cheaper this week, still isn't really that cheap. The question: "What is a suitable sports car for the 21st century?"

"Drivers today are not satisfied with cars that are simply fast," says Kevin Hunter, vice president of Toyota's Calty Design Research. "In addition to driving enjoyment, today's drivers are concerned about safety, ecology and social responsibility."

Well put. While there are some unsubstantiated mumblings about the FT-HS being a replacement for the long gone, well-loved Supra - even the name sounds cool - the FT-HS in this Buck Rodgers-looking shape and form screams CONCEPT to us. Well, that and very expensive, just look at those Carbon Fiber wheels. Remember, beauty doesn't come cheap.

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