Toyota is looking to ditch its reputation by introducing the sport-tuned 2018 Toyota Prius PHV Prime GR Sport and other refined cars to the marketplace. The company is currently tuning its signature fuel-efficient hybrid in preparation for launch in the spring of next year. Adding a plug to the equation will not only introduce the benefits that come with a plug-in hybrid but also makes the Prius a lot more desirable.
Compared to the standard model, the 2018 Toyota Prius PHV Prime GR Sport is more efficient and flexible. It has a 25-mile-of-range on pure electricity and goes all the way up to 133 mpg e. Toyota tossed its lineup of sporty vehicles in Japan last week, including two vans that come with Gazoo Racing performance equipment.
2018 Toyota Prius PHV Prime GR Sport – Exterior, Interior and Features
The 2018 Toyota Prius PHV Prime GR Sport receives dozens of upgrades. These comprise aerodynamic body parts; Recaro sports seats, Sachs shock absorbers, and forged aluminum Rays wheels. It also gets a single tailpipe comprising a Torsen limited-slip differential. Four-piston rear and six-piston front calibers along with a small steering wheel will become an integral part of the new sporty coupe.
The car’s dashboard also receives a worthwhile update. Furthermore, the Toyota equips this plug-in hybrid with a vertically oriented 11-inch color display. The cabin houses a massive map, which acts as the home screen and the backdrop for widgets that give access to functions like climate controls, audio source, and destination input.
The Prius PHV GR Sport also conveys a sport-tuned suspension with an added brace and a host of race-inspired design features. The purported features include a small diameter steering wheel, aluminum pedals, a tachometer with the GR logo, and a Smoke Black trimmed shift knob. Other notable elements are leather-wrapped gear shifter along with decorative stitching.
2018 Toyota Prius PHV Prime GR Sport – Powertrain and Battery
Under the hood of the 2018 Toyota Prius PHV Prime GR Sport is a version of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive engine. The automaker has hooked this HSD powertrain to a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle unit with a 53-kilowatt-hour electric motor. The gasoline unit yields 95-hp and 105-lb.ft of torque. The electric motor adds about 71-hp and 120-lb.ft of torque to this output.
The Prime PHV GR Sport requires more electric power to plug-in and recharge. Thus, Toyota equips it with an 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that appears to consume the trunk’s capacity. For reference, the standard Prius only packs 0.75-kilowatt-hour battery pack.
Prius PHV Prime drivers get about 19.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats. The standard Prius offers the driver approximately 24.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Now for plug-in drivers, the volume becomes significantly less if you need to use the privacy cover to hide your possessions from stalkers.
However, the 2018 Toyota Prius PHV Prime GR Sport gives you an EPA estimated 25-miles-of-range of full-electric motoring with every recharge. The Prime’s larger battery pack takes about two hours to charge at Level 2 speeds. The combined EPA estimated rating stands at 133 mpg e for full EV miles and 54 mpg and beyond for each gasoline-powered mile.
2018 Toyota Prius PHV Prime GR Sport – Price and Arrival Time
The 2018 Toyota Prius PHV Prime GR Sport starts at $33,100 before an $885 destination fees. However, Prime buyers are eligible for up to $4,500 in tax credits and incentives. This Prius PHV Prime GR Sport arrives in the spring of 2018.