The Vios has been Toyota’s best-selling model in the Philippines for a good number of years. Four generations since, and we have seen it evolve into its current model - a car that is a great fit for the wants and needs of the Filipinos. Yes, the Vios is very easy to spot, but Toyota has gone the extra mile to make your ride more exciting, and your drive a lot more thrilling with the new Vios GR Sport.

The Vios is already a winning formula, but with the experience of Gazoo Racing, Toyota wants to push the ante further. With a slew of upgrades, here’s how the Vios GR-S makes you stand out from the crowd.

Look fast, look good with the GR-S Body Kit

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Gazoo Racing knows only how to win anywhere in the world, and any car that wears their badge has to definitely look the part. And with its GR aero upgrades, you’re bound to turn a lot of heads.

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The Vios' bumper, grille, and spoiler have been given a revamp that makes it totally different from the non-GR variant. The kit comes with color-keyed side and rear skirts as well. With the grill finished in black and with the bumpers’ and skirts’ edgier design, the Vios GR-S looks fast even while sitting still. The black accents continue with the side mirror caps, door handles, the rear spoiler, and the 16” alloy wheels. These elements give a more exciting contrast to the Vios, and to put it simply: they look good.

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Just to give you the best finishing touch on the outside, you'll find the GR Sport badge on the Vios’ trunk lid. If that’s not enough to make you take another look, well there’s a lot more going for the GR-S.

An interior that gets your adrenaline going

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Toyota saw fit to up the sport and luxury of the GR-S with a new choice of upholstery. Here you’ll find a mix of suede and leather on the seats. While you’re at it, go have a good look at the leather-wrapped shifter as well. Partner that with red contrast stitching and you have yourself a color scheme that screams “this is a Vios on another level”.

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Directly in front of the driver is a new 4.2-inch multi-information display and a redesigned gauge cluster. But what sets this apart is the GR logo that lights up the moment you press the ignition button to bring the Vios to life. While you’re at it, don’t miss the GR logo embroidered directly onto the front headrests. Yes, these alone make this Vios special. But there’s much more to it than that.

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It’s not just about performance, but about convenience as well. With the Vios' spacious legroom, Smart Entry, all-around power features, and an infotainment system that comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, your drive will be as enjoyable as it is exhilarating.

A slew of safety features that come standard

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What are great looks without safety? That is a question you don’t need to worry about with the GR-S Vios. Toyota made sure that you and your passengers are well-protected not with one or two, but with seven airbags in the cabin.

You don’t have to worry about scratching your Vios when parking either, because it also comes with a backing-up camera as standard. With no guesswork, it’s the best guide for you to see the rear and avoid any dings to your brand new Vios.

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The GR-S also comes with anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution with brake assist, and vehicle stability control. These features combined can help you steer through tricky situations and avoid accidents in any condition whether you’re on the road or on the track. Yes, you can have fun and be safe in this Vios.

Not just for show with performance that can GO

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The Vios has long been a proven platform in motorsports. Just look at an entire race series named after it – the Vios Cup – which has been around since 2014. With the added Gazoo Racing touch, the GR-S just got its fun factor bumped up.

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The Vios’ 1.5-liter is the same that’s used in the racing series. With 107 horsepower and 140 Newton-meters of torque, that’s a lot for such a lightweight sedan. But what sets the Vios GR-S apart is its new 10-speed Continuously Variable Transmission. You can even select what gear ratio you want via the paddle shifters on the steering wheel when you feel the need for some spirited driving.

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As with the transmission, the Vios GR-S' suspension is more than up to the task. Finding the right balance between comfort on the roads and handling in tight situations, plus ventilated disc brakes in front and solid discs in the rear, the GR-S inspires confidence in any situation it’s in.

All these features with value-packed pricing

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Just because it has Gazoo Racing magic, doesn’t mean that it’s well out of reach. With all of these features and a lot more, the Toyota Vios GR Sport is priced at PHP 1,020,000. It comes in three stand-out colors, namely Black 1, Super Red V, and White Pearl Crystal Shine (which you can get for PHP 1,030,000).

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What you’re getting is more than just a badge, but a vehicle from a brand that’s been known for durability, reliability, and great value for money. With the Vios GR-S, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that you’re getting more than what you may have bargained for.

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There’s always a reason to look for something more exciting. With driving quickly becoming a chore rather than a passion, there’s nothing like the spirit of performance to get your blood pumping with an exhilarating time behind the wheel.

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Toyota and Gazoo Racing have found a way to make a better formula, and their solution came by way of this: the Vios GR-S. There’s much more to this than being an everyday car, but don’t take our word for it. Go and test a unit, and you’re bound to see it, feel it, and like it yourself.