One is just a concept, but the other is very real.
Just a few short years ago, we would have been justified in calling Toyota a boring brand that had become a shadow of what it once was, but that has all changed with the introduction of exciting cars like the GR Supra and the infinitely chuckable GR86. The automaker finally has its mojo back, and it is using the momentum created by these new cars to continue advancing its high-performance Gazoo Racing division.
The skunkworks division of Toyota has been very busy both on the track and off it, and now the Japanese company has announced that it will be revealing a pair of new vehicles at Tokyo Auto Salon 2022. We'll have to wait for the show to run from January 14-16 to see these in full, but in the meantime, here are some shadowy teaser images.
The first is called the GR GT3 Concept, "a racing-dedicated concept car that incorporates the knowledge and refined technologies [Toyota Gazoo Racing] has gained in the field of motorsports." Unfortunately, that's all that Toyota will tell us about this new concept, but the automaker did at least tell us what else to expect at the auto show.
Some parts from the 2022 lineup of GR Heritage Parts will be exhibited along with the GR010 Hybrid hypercar that won all its races last year. Also on display will be cars from competitions such as the Super GT, Japanese Super Formula Championship, and Japanese Rally Championship series.
As a final treat, "the fully tuned model of the GR Yaris," which was also teased, will be fully revealed. Again, details are scant, but we suspect that this must be the hardcore Yaris GRMN that we recently caught testing at the Nurburgring. This upgraded model gets stiffer and lower suspension, vents in the front fenders, canards, and a large rear wing. If the so-called regular version is anything to go by, this will be a very exciting car to drive, but we wouldn't get too excited on this side of the world. If we can't have the existing GR Yaris, we doubt that Toyota will give us any of what will likely be a limited edition.