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Published on September 9th, 2011 | by Charis Michelsen


Drag Racing in a Prius? Maybe With the G Sport

September 9th, 2011 by  

Toyota has already declared its intention to build a sports car version of the Prius — fun, sporty, and it looks good. This week, Toyota says that the technical specifications will be public within the year.

The sporty Prius, developed by Toyota’s Motor Sports Division, is tagged as G SPORTS (or G’s, for short). It’s the third installment in the G SPORTS line. One member of the development team commented that the goal is to develop a car that will make people say, “That? That’s a Prius? But it’s so fast!” (For some perspective, the standard Prius takes over ten seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 — not sports-car quick, but it could be worse. A Corolla built about the same time takes about 8.)

The same research team member also felt that the G’s Prius would attract buyers who hadn’t ever thought about customizing or tuning their car but wanted to start. “We’re seeing a lot of somewhat younger buyers, in their thirties,” he said. “We want to stand behind the idea of actively enjoying your car. I think that when our customers realize how much fun they can have with customizing, they’ll be really happy.”

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spent 7 years living in Germany and Japan, studying both languages extensively, doing translation and education with companies like Bosch, Nissan, Fuji Heavy, and others. Charis has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois. She also believes that Janeway was the best Star Trek Captain.

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