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    Toyota’s GR HV concept was based on the current-generation GT86

  • Toyota Yaris GRMN

    The first Gazoo-badged production model is the Yaris GRMN

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    The Yaris GR Sport takes GR’s sporting aesthetics on the regular supermini

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    The Gazoo GR Super Sport concept imagined a near-1000bhp hypercar for potential Le Mans competition

  • Toyota begins Gazoo assault with GR Yaris and GR86 trademarks
  • Toyota Yaris GRMN
  • Toyota Yaris GR Sport
  • Toyota Gazoo GR Super Sport concept
Jimi Beckwith

Toyota’s Gazoo Racing sub-brand is set to expand with the names of the first GR-badged variants of the GT86 and Yaris being trademarked across Europe. 

If the trademarks signify production performance variants, the limited-run Yaris GRMN will be followed by a more mainstream hot hatch offering tweaked by Gazoo Racing, as well as a more hardcore version of Toyota’s GT86 sports car.

This development fits with Toyota’s aim to spread the influence of its Gazoo Racing division, with the upcoming Supra being honed by the motorsport sub-brand. Also forthcoming is a GR Sport-badged warm Yaris fitted with sporting styling elements inspired by the limited-run GRMN hot hatch. 

It’s almost certain that both GT86 and Yaris models would get uprated power over their cooking variants. It is likely that the Yaris would be slightly tamer than the £26,296, 209bhp and 184lb ft Yaris GRMN. 

The GR-badged GT86 variant trademark comes near the end of the car’s current life cycle. The GR version could therefore be introduced in the second-generation GT86, due soon if the usual seven-year cycle is any guide. This will help to differentiate the car from the mechanically identical Subaru BRZ, produced in a joint venture between the two brands. 

Toyota presented a hint at what the next GT86 could look like with a Gazoo Racing influence in the GR HV concept, revealed at last year’s Tokyo motor show. The brand also showed a hypercar concept using the GR badge, named Gazoo GR Super Sport, which is mooted for a motorsport entry after the introduction of the Le Mans hypercar class. 

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A Toyota spokesman couldn’t comment on the trademarks. 

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Peter Cavellini

About time?

 Yeah, the GT86 is ripe for some juicy fettling!.

Peter Cavellini.

FMS

Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Yeah, the GT86 is ripe for some juicy fettling!.

 

Please do take the time to read the story behind the development of the GT86/BRZ cars and you will discover why they were never intended to have such treatment meted out to them…

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