Toyota has been more active in the sports car scene than most other automakers lately. First, Japan’s No. 1 automaker partnered with Subaru in 2012 to develop the 86 (and Subaru BRZ), and then this year unveiled a second-generation GR86 model. Then it worked with BMW to bring the Supra (and BMW Z4) to market in 2019. And last year it launched the multi-award-winning 4WD GR Yaris based on the company’s World Rally Championship car.
In late 2021, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda announced that the company will launch no fewer than 30 new battery electric models from Toyota and Lexus by 2030, with a goal of producing a staggering 3.5 million electric vehicles per year worldwide by 2030 .
One car that stood out from the mix of concept cars that Toyoda unveiled this month in its company’s giant showroom complex in Tokyo was the stunning Toyota Sports EV Concept. No, this is not a very sexy name for a sports car, but it’s still in its infancy and we can be (hopefully) sure that the company will find a more appealing name as it gets closer to the market.
The Sports EV concept looks like a compact supercar from 2025, takes on mid-engine proportions, features short front and rear overhangs, and huge front and side air intakes for cooling batteries, motors and brakes. C-shaped headlights completely dominate the front end and the concept car appears to have a removable roof.
No specifications were offered for the concept, but we could envision this stylish machine using a stripped-down version of the electric powertrain that will power the Lexus electric supercar concept also unveiled on the same day. This car will sprint from zero to 60 mph in two seconds and have a range of 435 miles, according to Toyota.
The company could also use a tuned version of the just unveiled bZ4X electric SUV, Toyota’s first electric vehicle. This car has four-wheel drive with two 107 hp engines powered by a 71.4 kWh battery. Inside, we can expect the car to feature a rectangular steering wheel similar to that of the bZ4X with steering-by-wire technology.
If we take Toyota’s extremely positive EV outlook and the 30 new EVs planned by 2030 at face value, then the chances are good that the Sports EV Concept will hit the showrooms by 2024.