The Nürburgring has become the defacto testing ground for performance cars from the farthest reaches of the world. Then there are the not-quite-performance cars that go there to put on a good show with a wink and a nod.
Then there’s the Toyota Prius Plug-In, which turned in the slowest Nürburgring in the history of the track, coming across the finish line in a lackadaisical 20 minutes and 59 seconds. And because what the world needs right now is another “special edition” vehicle, the infinite wisdom of the Powers-That-Be have given us the Prius Sub21. It’s the automotive equivalent of receiving a “Participation” award for sitting on the bench all summer during the youth soccer program.
According to Jalopnik, this package comprises of the same tires found on the Scion FR-S, low drag wheels, standard seats and standard brakes. The cost? About $3,400, give or take.
I’d much rather see Toyota give the Prius a sporty makeover and actually try to make it not-quote-so-slow. It’s not a sports car, and never will be, and technically Toyota was chasing a fuel economy record, and technically got it with a 698 MPG rating, with most of the 12.9 mile run done on electric power, and always at low speed.
But some people are really into the hypermiling thing, and with cars like the Volkswagen XL1 commanding a massive price premium to drive the most efficient production car in the world, who knows? Maybe there is a market for this special edition Prius Plug-In.
Note: I haven’t been able to confirm this is indeed an optional package, and not just some of Jalopnik’s infamous snark. However, all the modifications made the the Prius Plug-in TRD were done with off-the-shelf parts designed to improve efficiency…and just as gearheads love their go-fast parts, hypermiling has its own small (but growing) legion of dedicated fans. But definitely plausible.