Stop laughing at the Toyota Prius for not being sporty. The best-selling hybrid in the United States will now be offered with a new sporty accessory package for the 2011 model year known as the Prius PLUS Performance Package, which features components of the new PLUS hybrid performance line from Toyota Racing Development (TRD).
The Toyota Prius PLUS Performance Package “enhances the driving experience for Toyota hybrid enthusiasts by offering cool and fun accessories that add sporty looks with performance handling,” Toyota says. “It features several Toyota accessories that complement the Prius’ core values of Eco and Advanced Technology. PLUS is an evolution of hybrid design, where fuel-efficiency co-exists with aggressive styling and performance handling.”
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The package is only available in limited quantities and comes in four colors including Blizzard Pearl, Classic Silver Metallic, Black and Winter Gray Metallic. Toyota said that it adds some fun to driving the hybrid while maintaining its industry-leading fuel efficiency. There are track-tuned lowering springs that lower the Prius 1.1 inches in the front and 1.3 inches in the rear. A tuned rear sway bar is also added.
Visually, the Toyota Prius PLUS Performance Package gets a 7-piece aerodynamic ground effects kit including front and rear bumper spoilers, side skirts and a new rear diffuser. It also gets race-inspired 17-inch forged alloy wheels wrapped in low profile 215/45R17 tires .
Prices for the Toyota Prius PLUS Performance Package start at $3,699 for the Prius Two, Three, and Four models and $2,999 for the Prius Five.
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– By: Omar Rana