BMI727 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.
CplKlinger 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.
dazbo5 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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aerorobnz 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.
jetblueguy22 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.
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Aesma 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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