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Prius Performance Pack!  
User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15443 posts, RR: 26
Posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1274 times:

       
Amateur racers beware! Toyota's performance arm,TRD, is introducing a performance pack for the Prius which even includes a real anti-sway bar. At track days and autocrosses, this upgrade is expected to give Prius jocks a slightly larger knife at the gunfight.

Now the only question is when we will get the not so eagerly awaited Volt SS.

http://jalopnik.com/5817127/stop-lau...-at-the-new-prius-performance-pack


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User currently offlineCplKlinger From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1240 times:

Only if it upgrades the cars software to keep it in the right lane when it is at the posted speed limit or below. If I had a dollar for every time I got stuck behind some do-gooder on the insterstate pulling 5-10 under the limit int he far left lane, I'd not have to work again.

User currently offlinedazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2811 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1210 times:

Isn't a Prius 'performance pack' a little contradictory? They're supposed to be about efficiency, not performance! Having test driven one for 4 days, they don't live up to the quote on page 8 of their brochure; "exhilarating performance with world-class efficiency". The performance was nothing special and the efficiancy, at 55mpg was certainly not world-class. I went on to test drive a much large saloon car for 5 days immediately after the Prius and averaged 10mpg more than the Prius! It's all hype   

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User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6897 posts, RR: 13
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1195 times:

Quoting dazbo5 (Reply 2):
Isn't a Prius 'performance pack' a little contradictory?

Yes - it's a complete oxymoron. Apart from anything else it is not fit for purpose (it is not a performance car) . Anyone wanting a performance hybrid is just wasting their time with a Prius. The fact is that the tyres are designed to be narrow and have no grip/ less rolling resistance to supposedly boost fuel economy (as opposed to reduce cost) rather than increase grip as a performance tyre would do..

Putting performance bits and pieces on a Prius is like dressing a man up as a woman and calling them a supermodel. It doesn't matter what you do they'll still be a dude in a skirt. They shouldn't even bother, and focus on designing proper performance hybrids rather than a poor imitation.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1184 times:

At first I thaught this was an Onion article, but this is for real.  Wow!
Quoting BMI727 (Thread starter):
Prius jocks

                    

Quoting aerorobnz (Reply 3):
Putting performance bits and pieces on a Prius is like dressing a man up as a woman and calling them a supermodel.

No because that 'supermodel' at least has balls. This Prius doesn't.
It's more like training a Yorkshire Terrier to be an attack dog.

Quoting aerorobnz (Reply 3):
Yes - it's a complete oxymoron.

Exactly!


Have the eco-freaks abandoned their slogan; "Speed kills"?
Ok I'm dating myself with that one.  


Are they trying to fool gear-heads? Are they trying to give the Prius macho appeal?
I have more respect for the Ford Escort GT.



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User currently offlinestasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3280 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1094 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Thread starter):
Now the only question is when we will get the not so eagerly awaited Volt SS.

We won't. Maybe a Cruze SS or a Cruze Z24.... but probably not!   



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User currently offlineaa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1089 times:

Get a nice performance muffler on that bad boy...Oh wait...... stupid Prius


Go big or go home
User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2378 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1065 times:

I've owned one since 04 and love it, but yea - this is just plain dumb. Marketing - you gotta love it!   

Quoting dazbo5 (Reply 2):
I went on to test drive a much large saloon car for 5 days immediately after the Prius and averaged 10mpg more than the Prius! It's all hype

Nope. It's all about driving habits. Put a leadfoot in a Prius and you'll get crap. Ooo wait, maybe this "performance package" will help!

Ehh -   



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User currently offlinejetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2646 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1058 times:
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Quoting dazbo5 (Reply 2):
I went on to test drive a much large saloon car for 5 days immediately after the Prius and averaged 10mpg more than the Prius! It's all hype   

The Prius IMO is more of a statement car than anything. I think the thing is absolutely hideous. I think this is pretty stupid. Nothing says I'm gonna kill you in a street race more than a Prius! lol.
Blue



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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6094 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1046 times:

I watched a short-lived TV show recently, called Breaking In, and one of the main characters, first seen driving his Hummer H2 like a maniac, swaps it for a Prius. When asked about it, he explains that he has removed all the "hybrid crap" and put a V8 in it !


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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 18675 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1035 times:

Quoting dazbo5 (Reply 2):
Isn't a Prius 'performance pack' a little contradictory? They're supposed to be about efficiency, not performance!

The Prius is designed like an airliner: to do its mission as efficiently as possible.

Putting a "performance pack" on a Prius makes as much sense as putting an "Aerobatics Pack" on an A320-NEO.


User currently offlinesan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4939 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1021 times:

Sounds like that scene from the "Horrible Bosses" movie trailer where Jason Bateman is being interrogated for stealing his boss's Prius-

COP: You wanna explain why you were speeding?
JASON: I was drag racing.
COP: ...in a Prius?
JASON: (pause) I don't win a lot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB6y9w5tRLE



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