Auto Industry UK. At the upcoming Paris Motor Show (23 Sep - 10 Oct), Toyota will unveil a sport version of the Prius as well as an ultra clean Diesel concept car.
The Toyota Prius GT actually first appeared in public in June at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, where event organizers used it as an official car, but has yet to appear at a major international auto show. Toyota replaced the standard Prius gas engine with a zippier 1.5 liter version that provides better response and results in a power gain of 29%, from 77 hp to 99 hp. Canadian Driver.
A beefier electrical system supports a more powerful 82 hp electrical motor. Toyota upgraded the battery to handle the extra power, and boosted the generator’s maximum speed from 10,000 rpm to 12,000 rpm.
The combination of the new gas engine and new electric motor yields a peppy combined 145 hp, better than most if not all 1.5-liter engines on the market. More power and less weight result in significant performance improvements, including 0 to 60 acceleration in just 8.7 seconds. Toyota claims that when driven at normal speeds, the Prius GT’s fuel economy and emissions are virtually unchanged from the stodgier production Prius.
The D-4D 180 Clean Power concept car highlights ongoining advances in Toyota’s diesel engine technology. The engine will move into a production unit to be launched next year.
The engine uses Toyota’s D-CAT (Diesel Clean Advanced Technology) systems (earlier post) to deliver nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions respectively 50 and 80 per cent below Euro IV standards.
The new D-4D engine produces in the region of 183 hp and 400 Nm of torque, performance generally so far matched only by higher displacement V6 diesel engines. No word yet on the fuel efficiency.