Toyota has pulled the covers off of its new GR sports car series in Japan. The GR series, which stands for Gazoo Racing, will offer models in three performance categories.
“Toward making “ever-better cars,” GAZOO Racing, established as a company within TMC, refines its cars and trains its personnel through motor sports activities such as the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race in Germany and the All-Japan Rally Championship.”
The top performance category is GRMN (Gazoo Racing Masters of Nürburgring). GRMN models will feature the most performance upgrades and will be offered in limited editions. For example, the Yaris GRMN is powered by a 1.8L four-cylinder engine with 209 horsepower. The small hatchback also gets an upgraded suspension and 17-in BBS wheels.
In the middle, there’s the GR range. The GR models won’t be limited production and also won’t get any engine upgrades. Instead the GR branded models will get suspension and interior upgrades. The 86 GR gets a Torsen limited-slip differential, Sachs shock absorbers, better brakes and Recaro seats.
The GR Sport models will just get styling upgrades, like the more aggressive Prius Prime.
“Additionally, in concert with the GR series launch, TMC will open a series of “GR Garage” shops as regional bases for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing with the aim of bringing the joy of automobiles to a wider range of customers focusing on sports cars and motor sports.”