For the record, we never expect the Toyota GR Prius to enter production. That hasn’t stopped the entire Internet from theorizing about such a machine. Motor1.com The crew certainly loves performance in all automotive genres. So we turned to our digital artist and said, What if Toyota really did this? Here’s what we came up with.
The GR Prius concept came out in early November shortly after the debut of the next-generation 2023 model. That’s because it looks pretty sporty – a trait not usually associated with Toyota’s durable hybrids. It’s no slouch either, with the new Prius Prime PHEV capable of hitting 60 mph in 6.6 seconds. It sits alongside the automatic-equipped GR86 sports car, and isn’t far behind the manual version. Toyota also fanned the flames with a legitimate GR appearance upgrade already previewed by TRD. It seems the Prius is hot on everyone’s mind right now.
This brings us to our interpretation of what the GR Prius looks like. We start at the front with a decidedly aggressive lower fascia, open for better engine breathing and brake cooling. Inspiration comes from the GR Corolla, with small heat extractors in the hood and additional fender vents behind the front wheels. The wheel arches are also a smidge wider, though it’s more noticeable at the rear. Speaking of which, a moderately aggressive spoiler crowns the decklid, and of course, all the trim is black. Add big wheels with big brakes behind them, and suddenly you have a GR Prius hybrid.
Such a machine would have to be all-wheel drive. And while the turbocharged three-pot from the GR Corolla would be fun, pumping more power than the current hybrid powertrain makes more sense here. Then again, we’re talking about a high-performance Prius, which doesn’t happen anyone Kind of feeling. Hence why it will almost certainly never happen.
With renderings in our minds, we spoke to Toyota about such an idea. Officially, the automaker has no comment on possible future products. Additionally, Toyota’s chief engineer for the GR86 flat-out said there is no new GR model in the works, so don’t get your hopes up. Still, this is one of those times where we’d be more than happy to be wrong.
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