To be able to buy the sharpened bus car Toyota GRMN Yaris, you really have to win the lottery. The new GR GT3 concept may be a prelude to the brand’s next sports car. And then Toyota’s upcoming electric car bZ4X gets a sportier version.
This weekend is being held the Tokyo Auto Salon (TAS) aftermarket at the Makuhari Messe just outside the Japanese capital. As usual, the fair attracts the entire Japanese aftermarket, which exhibits one crazy car build after another.
Toyota is also present with its motorsport department Gazoo Racing, which this year is exhibiting both a new, even wilder variant of the bus car GR Yaris and two concept cars.
Toyota GRMN Yaris – lightened and sharpened
Toyota GRMN Yaris is both stiffer and lighter than regular GR Yaris, but also offers some upgrades under the hood. The picture shows Circuit Package (closest) and Rally Package.
The four-wheel drive rally specialist GR Yaris now gets, as we speculated earlier, an even sharper version adorned with the GRMN name. For those who do not have an iron grip on Toyota’s acronyms, it has (at least in the past) varied for either “Gazoo Racing Masters of Nürburgring“or” Gazoo Racing, tuned by the Meister of Nürburgring“.
The new worsting Yaris gets an upgraded, reinforced gearbox that has more frequent gears from one to four gears. In addition, the engine delivers 390 Newton meters, 20 more than the basic model on the Japanese market (370, in Europe it is 360 Nm that applies). The power figure remains at 272 horses like the usual GR Yaris (Europe: 261 hp).
The semi-cage is included in the Rally package, while the Recaro shell seats (with built-in side airbags) are standard equipment on the GRMN Yaris.
In addition, both have The Torsen differentials that control the torque distribution on the front and rear axles have been replaced with more playful lamella differences.
The GRMN Yaris body is also stiffened with 545 extra spot welds compared to regular GR Yaris. In addition, an additional 12 meters of structural glue is applied at the factory and a real rear tower stay replaces GR Yari’s impractical small rear seat.
GRMN Yaris equipped with Circuit Package is also about 20 kilos lighter than GR Yaris thanks to the fact that the hood, roof panel and tailgate are made of carbon fiber reinforced polymer composite (CFRP).
The GRMN Yaris Circuit Package includes a carbon fiber wing and a Bilstein chassis that lowers the car by 10 mm.
All this hurts of course a little extra in the wallet. Toyota GRMN Yaris is limited to 500 cars in Japan, and to get the chance to buy one, you must therefore win an online lottery. The basic price is the equivalent of SEK 574,000, but there are also two optional packages: Circuit Package (SEK 664,000) and Rally Package (SEK 657,000).
In addition to special 18-inch BBS aluminum rims, the former also includes a skirt package, carbon fiber wing and lowered Bilstein chassis. The rally package instead has other anti-roll bars, dampers, underrun protection and a half cage to get the car ready for the rally track.
Like an extra grunt On the whole, the 500 lucky (probably) buyers of GRMN Yaris will be offered both “update” and “personalization programs” by Toyota to optimize and develop their cars with them based on driving data and their preferences. However, the current situation is not more concrete than that.
We also do not yet know whether the model may be relevant for the Swedish market. That a Japanese car brand only launches its finest special editions on the domestic market is a tradition with many years on its neck.
GR GT3 Concept
Toyota GR GT3 Concept is suspected to be based on partner manufacturer Mazda’s upcoming rear-wheel drive platform.
For those who want to compete in the international sports car classes FIA GT4 and GT3, Gazoo Racing today offers modified versions of the sports cars GR Supra and Lexus RC F. respectively. This investment in the “height of customer motorsport” now seems to be about to shift up another notch.
The details of the Toyota GR GT3 Concept are few. However, Toyota Gazoo Racing suggests in a press release that the concept, which will result in a drivable prototype later this year, may be used to develop future production cars.
“TGR intends to use feedback and technology refined through participation in various motorsport activities to develop cars for both GT3 mass production and further promote the production of ever better motorsport-born cars “, writes Toyota’s motorsport department.
Both the shapes and the proportions on the concept car is clearly recognizable from Mazda’s concept car RX-Vision from 2015, which in 2020 got an even more similar (digital) GT3 racing variant called the RX-Vision GT3 Concept in the video game Gran Turismo.
The Mazda RX-Vision GT3 Concept is so far only available in the imagination – and in the video game Gran Turismo.
There is therefore speculation in several quarters that Toyota’s new concept car may be an indirect confirmation that Mazda’s long-delayed Wankel sports car, possibly called the RX-9, will have a sibling with a Toyota logo. There are good indications that Toyota intends to base a sports car on the same platform as the next generation of Mazda 6.
Toyota also showed recently an electric Lexus concept car that also has visual similarities to Mazda’s older concept. The two manufacturers have been partners since 2017 and Toyota owns a 5 percent share in Mazda, which, among other things, has been allowed to use Toyota’s hybrid technology for its models in the Japanese market.
Toyota bZ4X GR Sport Concept – upcoming electric car in sporty attire
In addition to sports cars shows Toyota also set up a single electric car at the Tokyo Auto Salon. This is a tougher GR Sport version of the upcoming electric car bZ4X. Like the GT3 concept, the details are so far few, but which seem to differ from the basic model with their larger rims and matte black body panels.
In addition, it has, by all accounts, relatively production-ready, the concept car sports seats, if we are to believe the press material (for some interior photos we have not seen yet).
Toyota also launched recently a GR Sport version of the Hilux diesel pickup in Europe. In addition to it, there are also the models Corolla and C-HR in GR Sport version already, which despite the motorsport name does not offer any extra performance.
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