The Prius PLUS Performance Package:
Taking the hybrid to the next level
Introducing the Prius PLUS Performance package, the next level of hybrid performance and design. The Prius PLUS package is a sportier, performance-driven evolution of the already amazing Toyota Prius, one where fuel efficiency co-exists in perfect harmony with aggressive body and wheel styling, ground effects kit fittings, a lowering of the springs and rear sway bar, 17-inch split five-spoke forged aluminum alloy wheels with low-profile, street performance tires, all accentuated with a customized Prius PLUS exterior badges and Prius PLUS logo carpet floor mats.
The Prius PLUS Performance package was created and developed for the customer who demands more styling, performance, enhanced handling, and overall an exhilaration factor of 11 out of 10 when it comes to saving the environment one mile at time. By delivering the fuel efficiency drivers in today's world need with the styling and design they demand, the Prius PLUS Performance package is set to be the end all be all of the Hybrid World.
Now allow Handy Toyota to be the first to introduce you to the different properties of the 2012 Toyota Prius with a PLUS Performance package upgrade.
The Ground Effects Kit on the
Prius PLUS Performance Package
Let's face it: is the look of your car what matters in a rainstorm when you need to remain glued to the road? Is it what matters when you're trying to power up a steep hill in the backwoods of Vermont? Is it what people will be talking about when you pass them at the pumps? Well, when we're talking about a Prius bearing the PLUS Performance package, you can bet all those things are one in the same!
On the outside of the Prius PLUS Performance hybrid vehicle, the PLUS Performance package comes with a full seven-piece ground effects kit to deliver an aggressive, low-profile stance. Customized exclusively for the Prius PLUS Performance package, Toyota Motors aerodynamically engineered the body kit to do two things, each of which is fully perfected herein: reduce the vehicle's coefficient of drag and maintaining its already great fuel efficiency while add the flare needed to stand out in a world full of different makes and models. Featuring a 360-degree, low-profile, uniform design, this is one ground effects kit that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Passersby may also notice the fact that the Prius PLUS Package sits lower than a non-PLUS edition Prius; by lowering the vehicle, Toyota created a smaller recirculation zone - an area of low velocity and unsteady air flow - behind the front wheel well. By reducing this area, the drag coefficiency is thereby lowered properly, enhances the performance of the vehicle while never allowing the high mileage marks to waver.
So not only does the lowered body kit lessen the drag coefficiency and look ridiculously sharp, it also enhances the flow of air through to the end of the vehicle. Before you think to yourself well isn't that the same as lowering the coefficient of drag?, please note that while it is similar it has a third benefit or outcome. By designing the Prius PLUS Performance package's ground effects kit in this manner, the lower-profile diffuser offers increased velocity while also reducing the intensity of the wake created by the air. What has essentially happened is the old "hot knife through butter" saying, where the Prius is the hot knife and the air is butter, and you get a much smoother ride in the process.
True Curb Appeal: The 17-inch 5-spoke Forged Aluminum Alloy
Wheels and Low-profile Tires of the Prius PLUS Performance Package
What kind of speed demon doesn't have a set of race-quality alloy wheels and street performance tires on their vehicle? Having anything else just ruins the whole idea, both performance-wise and in terms of appeal.
The Prius PLUS Performance package comes ready to go with a set of race-inspired 17-inch, split five-spoke, forged aluminum alloy wheels, a set of rims that will make the most expensive aftermarket brand hang their head in shame. Better yet, on top of these sterling alloys fits a snug set of low-profile tires made of purebred street performance rubber.
The forged aluminum alloy construction is superior to the traditional cast iron/steel wheel because of the superior qualities of aluminum: not only is it incredibly light compared to steel but it is actually infinitely stronger. This mixture of strength and grace in turn makes the wheel - and the tire attached - able to respond quicker, with less suggestion, and overall better. Furthermore with the aluminum alloy's enhanced strength to weight ratio, the unstrung weight is reduced, giving the driver not only total precision but unmatched control when turning and handling is involved.
Finally, in order to preserve the look of you fancy new Prius PLUS Performance package great for years to come, these forged alloy wheels are sprayed with a protective finished comprised of liquid metal. This allows your alloys to prevent rusting (as well as other blemishes like dings and scratches) for years to come!