A number of weeks in the past, I reported on a Toyota GR GT3 supercar idea that had simply been unveiled on the Tokyo Auto Salon, Japan’s greatest automotive customizing present. At the moment, little or no was identified about this automotive as Toyota’s Gazoo Racing—the agency’s racing and customizing arm—revealed completely no engine or transmission specs sufficing to say that the automotive could also be a base for a future GT3 racing automotive. Other than the glossy, long-nosed machine on the stand, that was the extent of knowledge accessible.
Now, in line with Japan’s greatest promoting automotive journal, Finest Automobile, we’re studying that the Toyota Group is in preparations to launch what could possibly be referred to as an “LFA Half II,” a highway going supercar that can observe within the footsteps of the extremely acclaimed but now out-of-production Lexus LFA and can vie with essentially the most highly effective hypercars on the planet.
First issues first. The as but unnamed supercar—let’s simply name it the GR GT3 Idea—is not going to be battery powered as some publications had prompt, saying that the dual exhaust pipes have been mere eye sweet to throw media off the scent. Guess what, these exhaust pipes are actual and have a particular function.
Anticipated to launch in 2025, sources inform us that this Japanese hypercar might be powered by a newly developed twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine creating 710-hp and mated to a next-generation plug-in hybrid system that can enhance the automotive’s mixed horsepower to a neck snapping 940-hp.
Using a strengthened Toyota GA-L platform much like that used on the Lexus LC, the rear-drive GR GT3 idea will incorporate a rear transaxle setup and find yourself in two distinctly totally different variations—one for the race monitor and one for the showroom.
Proportion-wise the Toyota seems similar to the long-nosed, quick rear decked Mercedes-AMG GT, however options design traits seen on the unique Lexus LFA of 2011. These embrace an extended wheelbase and quick overhangs in addition to LFA-like rear air vents, supposedly to cater to the radiators and electrical followers for cooling the powertrain.
The unique V10-powered LFA was provided in a restricted run of 500 automobiles and offered for $375,000. Final yr, a uncommon Nurburgring Version LFA offered for $2.3 million, displaying simply how valued this automotive is on the supercar market. In distinction, the brand new ‘LFA II’ is predicted to promote for between $250,000 and $300,000 when it goes on sale in 2025.
As Toyota ramps up its battery electrical automobile lineup, with plans to launch at least 30 BEVs by 2030, the corporate seems as if it needs to exit the interior combustion period with a bang by producing essentially the most highly effective Japanese supercar ever.