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TE-Spyder 800 Hybrid Roadster Concept

by Paul Strauss
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In an attempt to change minds about what it means to be a hybrid car, the skunkworks Toyota Engineering Society recently showed off this unusual concept vehicle, which combines the sporty elements of Toyota’s MR2 roadster with the eco-consciousness of the Toyota Prius. Yeah, we don’t like the Prius either, but if there’s some way to get the efficiency of that car in something that doesn’t look like a teardrop and drive like a golf cart, we’re all for it.

The TE-Spyder 800 is a proper two-seater, rear wheel-drive roadster, with sporty Recaro bucket seats, and an open roof for letting the wind blow through your hair. It’s powered by a 116-horsepower, 1.5-liter 4 cylinder engine, mated with the same 102-horsepower electric motor found in today’s Prius. The car also offers a plug-in electric mode in the event you want to run it without gas at all.¬†Unfortunately, it’s driven by an electronic CVT, which doesn’t sound too thrilling, but then again, it’s not often that you get a sporty transmission in a hybrid.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the TE-Spyder 800 is that it weighs less than 2,200 pounds. So even though its not packed with power, it’s still able to hit 60mph from a dead stop in just 5.8 seconds.

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You can check out a silent walkaround of the concept below:

Images courtesy of Gazoo, Gazoo Racing and Car Impress.

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