Prius vs GTI – Can tires help the Hybrid be a Hot Hatch? | Everyday Driver
This little piece of investigative wrenching gets me even more excited for the potential future that includes a Prius fettled by Toyota’s in-house Gazoo Racing division. With a better and lower suspension, thicker sway bars, better brakes, slightly more power, and better bolstered seats, the Prius could be a properly good sporty commuter that still returns excellent fuel economy.
The fifth-generation Toyota Prius is a massive step forward in terms of driving excitement (and visual excitement) over its forebears. Since the nameplate’s launch in 1997, enthusiasts have feared what the green meanies and their compact hybrid fuel sippers would mean for the future of driving. Thankfully, it seems Toyota has managed to make the Prius so good that it not only saves fuel, but it’s pretty fun to drive at the same time. The mad scientists, Paul and Todd of EverydayDriver, benchmarked their lightly-modified Prius against the hot hatch baseline Mk8 Volkswagen GTI, and found it not wanting for much.
The GTI in question is a great benchmark. It’s a largely stock vehicle with a lighter set of wheels and a stickier tire, matching the upgrades affected on the Prius to keep things on a fair bent. Bolt a wider sticky tire on a lighter wheel to the Prius, and it becomes a bit more of a canyon carver. It’s a surprisingly good chassis that is let down by its stock low-rolling resistance tires.
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Ten years ago if you’d even proposed the idea of a GTI-beater based on the Prius, you’d be laughed out of the room. But today, it’s maybe possible, and that gets me pretty excited. We already know what GR can do to a Toyota, and we know it’s good.