Still no sign of the new Toyota Supra yet, sadly.
Toyota is trying hard to reverse its reputation for being bland and boring with the reveal of a new sports car range from its Gazoo Racing sub-brand to rival the likes of Mercedes AMG and BMW M performance divisions. We first got a taste of Toyota’s new sporty offerings with the Yaris GRMN hot hatch exclusive for Europe revealed earlier this year, but that was just the start of Toyota’s new GR sports car range which is spread across three tiers. Models that fall under the GRMN branding represent Toyota’s top-tier performance models.
Sitting below the GRMN range is the mid-range “GR” and the entry-level “GR Sport.” Buyers will also be able to upgrade existing models with aftermarket “GR Parts” at specialized "GR Garage" dealerships. Among the models in Toyota’s line-up that have been given the GR treatment include some unlikely candidates like the Prius and Noah MPV, which are both available with GR Sport packages with special tuning suspension, aluminium pedals and unique paint schemes among other upgrades. Naturally, a GR version of the 86 coupe will launch with new front, side, and rear aero parts, Sachs shock absorbers, a Torsen limited-slip differential, and upgraded brake calipers.
It also has a small diameter steering wheel, forged aluminum wheels, and Recaro seats. There's no perofrmance advantages however, as only cars that are part of the top GRMN range will get engine upgrades. The Vitz GRMN hot hatch, the Japanese equivalent to the Yaris, is the current range topper, packing a supercharged 1.8-liter gas engine producing 209 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, as well as BBS forged aluminum wheels, a smaller steering wheel and a more aggressive body. It needs 6.3 seconds to sprint from 0-62 mph and tops out at 143 mph. GR and GR Sport variants of the Vitz are also available.
Right now, Toyota’s GR sports car range is only available in Japan, but the company plans to gradually roll out the performance series into other territories, so America hasn’t been ruled out. Conspicuously absent is the yet-to-be revealed reborn Supra, which will no doubt become the new Toyota GR range topper when it eventually launches.