To say that Toyota makes high-performance cars is an understatement. While they may be known (i.e. famous) for making reliable and dependable vehicles, Toyota has been busy of late producing machines with performance in mind.
From the GR Yaris, GR Supra, and even the GR 86, Toyota, as well as its racing division Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR), constantly reminds everyone that they know a thing or two about making cars that can go fast and deliver an exhilarating driving experience. Heck, Toyota just won the 2021 World Rally Championship for the fifth time with a rally version of the GR Yaris, as well as taking a 1-2 finish at the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans with the GR010 Hybrid race car.
In the future, however, Toyota might soon compete at GT3 racing as well. That’s because come at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, Toyota Gazoo Racing will be revealing two unique models, the GR GT3 and a souped-up GR Yaris.
Starting with the former, Toyota says the GR GT3 is a “racing-dedicated concept car that incorporates the knowledge and refined technologies TGR has gained in the field of motorsports”. It features a long hood, short deck design that’s reminiscent of most GT cars. Despite the shadowy image, we can also see that it has a huge wing at the back for extra downforce, as well as what appear to be muscular wheel arches that could help with the airflow.
Design-wise, it’s hard to tell what vehicle the GR GT3 is based on. While some might say it might resemble the GR 86, it actually looks more like a modified version of the Mercedes-AMG GT, albeit smaller.
As for the mysterious GR Yaris, TGR only described the hot hatch as a ‘fully-tuned model”. Based on that fact alone, we could be looking at a limited-run model that’s lighter and more powerful than the ones we currently have in the country. It comes with what looks to be a carbon fiber vented hood, a huge wing at the back, and what could be a unique aerokit.
This somehow reminds us of the spy photos we saw last August 2021 when Toyota was spotted testing what might be a hotter version of the GR Yaris. Unlike the standard model, the prototype vehicle seen going around a race track came with additional bits of aero, vents on the front fenders, and the aforementioned large wing at the back.
If ever you’re in Japan and are looking to get a closer look, the GR GT3 and the fully-tuned GR Yaris will be revealed at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2022. The event will take place at the Makuhari Messe and will be open to the public from January 15 to January 16.