In US, Toyota will be launching an all-new sporty package for its Prius hybrid in SEMA aftermarket show at Las Vegas. This Prius will be available in limited production beginning in April 2011.
This model is developed by Toyota Racing Development (TRD), the Performance Package doesn’t touches anything under the hood but relying instead on aerodynamic kit and a sports tuned suspension plus low profiles tyres for improved handling.
The aerodynamic kit comprises of seven pieces including a uniquely styled rear diffuser, front and rear bumper spoilers and side skirts. According to Toyota, the aero add-ons don’t affect the hybrid car’s 0.25 coefficient of drag.
The Prius PLUS also gets race-inspired 17-inch forged wheels that are fitted with low profile 215/45R17 tires and have a custom offset, which is said to increase track width while keeping the standard model’s rolling resistance.
To improve handling, TRD installed sports-tuned lowering springs, which Toyota claims “provide a lower centre of gravity, enhancing the vehicles on-road performance through quicker turn-in, enhanced steering response and improved cornering ability.” In addition, the Prius Plus gains a rear sway bar to reduce body roll “for flatter, more stable cornering and maneuverability.”
According to Toyota Motor Corp, TRD is developing similar packages under the “PLUS” brand for other hybrid models in Toyota’s lineup.
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