The most manual-like automatic ever is just one of many significant features on one of Toyota’s big stars when the show opens on 25 October, the GR HV sports concept. Why is this two-seat, Targa-topped, front-engine, rear-drive coupe so significant? Because next year Toyota launches the all-new Supra, its half of a joint project with BMW that will also result in the new Z4 roadster.
The car in the pictures here may contain some of the new Supra’s secrets but it is not it, as you will be able to tell from seeing the real thing – albeit with camo on – being tested at the Nurburgring. The real Supra is believed to take its styling cues from an earlier concept car, the notably fine-looking FT-1.
So where does the GR HV fit in Toyota’s scheme of things? In all likelihood, it is purely a show car to preview the new tech. While it fits perfectly the Supra mould – front engine, rear drive platform, two seats and Targa top – its design appears calculated to appeal far more to its home country than the international markets where the new Supra will have to succeed.
Still looks pretty cool though in a stealth bomber way, with its distinctive face and big LED lights, powerful stance and matte black body. At the back the diffuser is said to be modelled on that of Toyota Gazoo Racing’s TS050 Hybrid WEC race car.