There are countless examples of technologies developed in the world of competition that in the course of time end up being transferred to the street cars. Innovation and research are the order of the day in the top categories of auto racing. And this latest creation of Gazoo Racing, the sports division of Toyota, shows again the relationship between the two worlds. Last December we showed a teaser revealed by the Japanese manufacturer, which showed the anticipation of a new concept inspired by the company’s racing models. Well, its launch was scheduled for the Tokyo Auto Salon 2018 and has already happened. In the images you can see with all the details the new Toyota GR Super Sport Concept. This event, a kind of Japanese SEMA Show, concentrates the great innovations of the tuning sector and the competition. The new GR Super Sport Concept has a close technical relationship with the Toyota TS050 Hybrid, as it uses a significant amount of components and a mechanics similar to the one used by Toyota’s racing model at the FIA World Endurance Championship ( WEC). Underneath the body of the new Toyota GR Super Sport Concept is a hybrid mechanic whose central axis is a V6 2.4-liter Twin-Turbo direct injection engine. Combined, the system is capable of producing a maximum power of 1,000 hp (735 kW). There is not much more information on the mechanics that propels this concept car. Taking a look at the images, one can see that the Toyota GR Super Sport Concept does not have headlights, doors to access the cabin or anything that resembles a traditional window. The Japanese engineers put the aerodynamics in front of all these issues, since they worked to make the car offer a high yield. During the launch of the GR Super Sport Concept, Gazoo Racing CEO Shigeki Tomoyama confirmed the intentions of Toyota’s sports division to develop new street sports cars, taking as a starting point and starting competitive vehicles.
2018 – TOYOTA GT86 TRD SPECIAL EDITION
The veteran Toyota GT86 remains alive thanks in large part to the introduction of special editions, limited series and one or another little novelty that allow to convey a more updated image. However, the fact is that the years already weigh you down and that is why the information that points to the beginning of the development work of the new generation of the GT86 are not surprising. A clear example of the strategy that Toyota is following to keep the GT86 alive came in the United States, where the new Toyota GT86 TRD Special Edition was presented, a limited edition that, according to the brand, was created for the most purist drivers. It features a differentiated exterior, specific interior finishes, as well as more complete equipment. Production of the new Toyota GT86 TRD Special Edition will be limited to only 1,418 units. The exterior stands out for the body color in Raven Black and some reasons for a certain retro look in three shades. To this must be added the TRD body kit, consisting of new bumpers, side skirts, airfoil and rear diffuser. Stainless steel TRD exhaust outlets have also been installed. The lightweight Michelin Pilot Sport 4 wheels show the high-performance Brembo brakes. As standard it comes equipped with LED technology headlights, fog lights also in LED, in addition to external electric mirrors and heated. In relation to the interior of the Toyota GT86 TRD Special Edition, what first draws attention is the dark and sporty environment achieved by the Japanese brand. The details and red stitching allow you to create a very interesting contrast with the color of the upholstery as well as the trimmings. The acronyms TRD are present in numerous places, such as the panel. Mechanically there is no news, so this limited edition of the Toyota GT86 is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder boxer engine with 208 hp associated with a six-speed manual transmission. It will also be offered with an automatic transmission, also of six ratios, but generating a little less power, only 203 hp. For those who live in the United States and are interested in purchasing one of the units of the Toyota GT86 TRD Special Edition, its commercialization will begin next August. The starting price is $ 32,420 for the manual transmission version. The automatic option will be a bit more expensive.
2018 – TOYOTA JPN TAXI
Today, the Tokyo Motor Show, the most important biennial event of the Japanese automobile industry, opens its doors. For this event, Toyota has prepared a series of news and prototypes, and among them is the Toyota JPN Taxi. Its similarity to British taxis is evident, the profile of the vehicle is very similar. According to the brand this is due to the fact that they have been designed giving priority to comfort and space for passengers. They are even suitable for people with reduced mobility or who use wheelchairs. In mechanical terms has a hybrid scheme formed by an engine that operates with LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) combined with an electric motor. The details of this new mechanic are still scarce and for the time being its specifications and performance have not been disclosed. It is expected that the model will be a regular protagonist of the streets of Tokyo in 2020, when the Olympics will be celebrated. Toyota’s new JPN Taxi has many practical details, such as the dashboard, which is very simple and square but accommodates all controls around the driver, visually separating it from the passenger seat. In the rear there are sliding doors for access to a roomy and large passenger compartment, full of details like multiple handles and LED lighting for the seat belts. This new model, already on sale for 3.27 million yen (about 93,000 reais), will be exposed along with the rest of the brand’s new features at the Tokyo Salon 2017.
2018 – TOYOTA PRIUS PLUS
The new Toyota Prius + 2018 has hit dealers. The seven-seater version of the Japanese hybrid MPV opens its new line in Europe loaded with important news, especially with regard to standard equipment. The great news of the Toyota Prius + line 2018 is that now all levels of finishing count on the Toyota Safety Sense, that is, the set of systems of safety and aid to the driving. This ensures that from the most basic and affordable version, the Prius + offers a safe and comfortable driving experience. The Toyota Safety Sense package is comprised of adaptive cruise control, unintentional track change alert, automatic road light control, traffic signal recognition and pedestrian detection pre-collision safety system. In addition to this improvement in equipment, another novelty present in the new line is the arrival of two new colors for the body: Garnet and Bronze Platinum. The Toyota Prius + 2018 can be configured in any of these three trim levels: ECO, Advance and Executive. Among the most relevant standard equipment offered in the ECO finish we can find: Toyota Safety Sense, instrument panel with 4.2-inch TFT screen, LED headlights and daytime running lights, fog lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, Smart Entry, Toyota Touch touch screen, and more. There is nothing new about the mechanical part. The Toyota Prius + 2018 continues to be propelled by the Toyota Full Hybrid system that develops a maximum power of 136 hp. The latest enhancements received from this non-plug-in hybrid mechanic date back to the year 2016. Since then, the Japanese brand’s seven seater MPV has offered a quieter acceleration as well as greater insulation from the interior.
2018 – TOYOTA VITZ
This week a new dynamic version of the Toyota Yaris was presented, a model that will debut in the Hall of Geneva in the month of March with a power of more than 200 hp. Along with the first images of this sporty Yaris, the Japanese brand released the first photos of the facelift of Toyota Yaris, which will also have its debut in Geneva and that for now we can know it through its version to the Japanese market, where it bears the name of Vitz. The first images let you see that the compact has received a series of exterior enhancements, debuting a new front grille and bumper, as well as new large-size taillights, plus the redesigned rear bumper. The interior has not been subject to many changes, in addition to the usual improvements in the materials used and the frames available to decorate the interior. Among the upgrades comes a refreshed 9.0-inch infotainment system with integrated navigation, as well as new Full-LED headlamps and driving aids such as stand-alone braking in the city, among others.
2018 – TOYOTA YARIS X-WAY
The new X-Way version comes with a highlight to complete the Yaris family. With a bold design, the focus is to reach consumers looking for a more modern and cool urban appeal. The novelty will be available in the market from February 2019 and will have differentials such as wheels with black finish, roof rack, bumper and mudguard, exclusive friezes on the sides and the logo of the X-Way version inserted back and rugs. The Yaris X-Way follows the same high quality of the Yaris family and comes packed with standard items such as color-coded rear-view mirrors with integrated power windows and integrated turn signals, leather seats, a 4.2-inch screen computer with TFT colorful and high-resolution, rear-facing camera, Smart Entry and Start Button keyless start system, Toyota Play +, system that allows application mirroring through SDL technology and Harman technology and TomTom Navigation browser for IOS and Android operating systems and Waze for IOS system and more. The model is equipped with a 1.5 16V Flex engine with Toyota’s already proven dual-valve VVT-i variable valve technology. With this, the Yaris X-Way yields 110 hp of power at 5,600 rpm when fueled with ethanol, and 105 hp at 5,600 rpm with gasoline. The maximum torque in this configuration, at 4,000 turns, is 146 Nm (with ethanol) and 140 Nm (with gasoline).
2017 – TOYOTA C-HR BY MODELLISTA
The recent Toyota C-HR has received an aesthetic kit developed by one of Japan’s great designers, the Modellista, a brand that is associated with the Toyota group and dedicated to offering the brand’s new SUV a much more radical look. Modellista has developed two packages, one called ‘Boost Impulse Style Kit’ and the other ‘Elegant Ice Style’. The first one has several aerodynamic applications in the bumpers, wheel arches, front grille, in addition to having a sports net in the lower front grille. The second features a more discreet, but equally sporty look with several aluminum or chrome parts. At the rear, both have two spoilers, one at the top in continuity with the roof and the other at the rear wiper. They also have 19-inch wheels and notes with LED lights on the front and side mirrors. Likewise, the interior receives a variety of improvements, essentially in terms of equipment such as the cover for the gearbox lever and specific rugs. These kits will be exclusive to Japan.