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New hybrids on the way from BMW, Toyota

Blogs report on the BMW 755ih and the Toyota Supra hybrid sports car.

FT-HS hybrid concept
The FT-HS concept shows what a Toyota hybrid sports car might look like. CNET

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 FT-HS concept 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)