Toyota GR Yaris Concept Teased At Tokyo Auto Salon
Toyota will reveal two performance car concepts at next week’s Tokyo Auto Salon, one of the world’s largest custom car shows. With a heavily upgraded version of the Toyota GR Yaris and an all-new race car concept called the GR GT3, the company will promote the link between its Gazoo Racing motorsport efforts and its road cars.
The honed GR Yaris is a “fully tuned” version of the acclaimed hot hatchback. The teaser image of the hatchback shows a number of aero modifications, including a substantial rear wing, a gaping intake in the bonnet, and front-end tweaks – all of which point to a greater emphasis on aerodynamics and, thus, dynamic ability.
However, references to the concept being “fully tuned” imply that the car’s 1.6-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine could have been upgraded to produce more than the standard 260hp and 361Nm of torque.
The company reaffirmed its commitment to “offer ever better motorsports-bred cars,” implying that the new GR Yaris hybrid WRC racer may have influenced the Tokyo-bound concept.
At this point, it’s unclear whether Toyota plans to put this upgraded GR Yaris into production, offer the modifications as an upgrade package for existing owners, or if the concept is simply a showcase for the car’s ultimate potential.
Toyota will reveal the new GR GT3 concept alongside the GR Yaris, which appears to be unrelated to any production car currently on the market in a darkened preview image.
The teaser image shows a two-door coupe with a low stance, an elongated bonnet, front fender vents, a short tail, and a large rear wing.
It’s a “racing-dedicated concept car that incorporates the knowledge and refined technologies TGR has gained in the field of motorsports.” The GT3-spec car will be displayed alongside the Le Mans-winning GR010 Hybrid and other Toyota race cars as a demonstration of the company’s dedication to motorsports.
We reported back in 2020 that Toyota was considering the GR Supra for the Indian market, but it is still unclear if and when the car will be available. For the time being, Toyota will launch the new Hilux pickup truck in India later this month, followed by the facelifted Camry.