New hybrids on the way from BMW, Toyota
Blogs report on the BMW 755ih and the Toyota Supra hybrid sports car.
News circulated on the Internet today about a new hybrid Toyota sports car and a hybrid BMW sedan. Spy photos show the BMW 755ih, a hybrid version of the 7-series, driving the streets of Munich. The car uses the 750i's twin turbo 4.4-liter V-8 complemented by a small 20 horsepower electric motor. BMWBlog says the hybrid system reduces the V-8's fuel consumption by 15 percent. The 755ih should be unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show.
The egmCarTech blog reports that Toyota is working on a hybrid sports car to be released in 2011. Over the past couple of years, Toyota has gone back and forth about this hybrid sports car project, showing the at auto shows then claiming to halt plans for any performance-oriented car, but the latest reports suggest reviving the Supra as a hybrid. This car would use Toyota's 3.5-liter V-6 along with its Synergy hybrid system to put down 400 horsepower.
(Source: BMWBlog and egmCarTech)