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Toyota 86 Gets The Gazoo Racing Treatment

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But don’t expect any performance upgrades.

While we're still waiting for the reborn Supra road car to break cover, Toyota's Gazoo Racing division is busy spicing some of the Japanese automaker's existing models with racier exteriors and improved performance. If you need a refresher, Toyota's GR sports car range is divided into three increasingly hot flavors: the base GR Sport, the mid-range GR, and the range-topping GRMN. In Japan, the Toyota 86 GR has been added to the line-up but unfortunately it doesn't have any upgrades under the hood.

It's a shame, because the underpowered 86 could really do with a performance boost right now, but power upgrades are only reserved for models in the GRMN range. So far, only the Toyota Yaris has been given the full GRMN treatment to create a supercharged 205-hp hot hatch, but rumors suggest there will also be a hardcore Supra GRMN. Compared to recent models unveiled by Toyota and Gazoo Racing, the 86 GR Sport is relatively tame. Distinguishing the Toyota 86 GR Sport is a new a front splitter, aerodynamic side skirts and 17-inch aluminum wheels finished in black housing Brembo brakes with red brake calipers.

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The choice of colors is restricted to just three finishes: Crystal Black Silica, Crystal White Pearl and the Pure Red seen in the photos. Inside, the designers have added a smaller three-spoke steering wheel wrapped in leather with silver contrast stitching as well as a GR logo. GR badging also adorns the start/stop button as well as on the instrument cluster. Toyota is also offering a selection of GR Parts that can be fitted to the standard 86, the GR Sport and the GR model. Among the upgrades include a GR rear spoiler, GR start switch, a GR T-Connect Navi system that can record lap times with the Toyota Gazoo Racing Recorder. The latter is limited to just 200 units.

As we mentioned, the Toyota 86 GR Sport doesn't offer any performance upgrades. Like the standard car, the 86 is powered by a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter boxer engine that produces 204 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque through either a six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic. Pricing for the Toyota 86 GR Sport starts at ¥3,780,000 ($34,140). No word yet on a US launch, but Toyota has already confirmed the GR range will be sold under the TRD (Toyota Racing Development) name in America.