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Toyota’s New Gazoo Supra Reportedly Debuting In Geneva 12
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Gazoo, Geneva Motor Show, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Supra on 01 12th, 2018


Toyota have apparently decided to pull the covers off the all-new Supra at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, which starts on March 6 for the press days.

The sports car won’t be sold with Toyota badges, though, as it will be Gazoo branded, AutoExpress reports, citing the man in charge of the sub-brand, Shigeki Tomoyama, who made it clear that “the Supra will be Gazoo”.

It appears that the new Gazoo Supra will arrive in four states of tune, with various power levels, suspension tunes, and equipment. The base model will be known simply as Supra, the mid-range versions will add the GR and GR Sport monikers, respectively, while the range-topper will be baptized as Supra GRMN.

Unlike its brother from another father, the new BMW Z4, which will be sold solely as a convertible, the new Supra will arrive as a fixed-roof coupe, and it needs to appeal to fans of the classic car, according to Tomoyama, who may have hinted one of its rumored powertrains, by saying:

“The new car has to appeal to the existing owners first. The old car had a straight-six engine, twin-turbos, and rear-wheel drive; the new car must have the same philosophy.”

Tomoyama probably refers to the six-cylinder unit that’s believed to develop 335 horses, likely aimed at the United States, among other markets, which is said to be joined by a four-cylinder mill with around 250 horses.

Despite its rumored Geneva Show debut, the Gazoo Supra might not arrive in showrooms until the second half of next year, presumably close to the launch date of the new BMW Z4.

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Lexus Suits Up Widebody LC 500 For The 24h Of Nürburgring 12
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Gazoo, LEXUS, Lexus LC, Nurburgring, racing, TOYOTA on 01 12th, 2018


Toyota Gazoo Racing has officially found the vehicle that it will compete with in the ADAC Zurich 24h-Rennen (the 24 Hours of Nürburgring) – a highly-customized Lexus LC.

This year’s grueling race is set to commence on Saturday, May 12 and marks the 46th time the race has been run at the iconic racetrack. Toyota Gazoo Racing will be competing in the race for the 12th consecutive year, which it’s usually done in some kind of modified Toyota or Lexus.

The motorsport arm also points out that it usually competes in the event with a car that’s built by Toyota employees and races the vehicle with the help of mechanics and engineers from Toyota.

So, going with the LC was a no-brainer, especially as the coupe is an easily-distinguishable halo car for the automaker. Besides saying that the car has been “refined to race specifications” and that it will be powered by a modified version of the Lexus’ 2UR-GSE 5.0-liter V8, Gazoo Racing didn’t provide any specs on the vehicle.

Previously, Gazoo Racing has competed in the SP-PRO, SP8, and SP3. We expect the customized LC to race against other vehicles in the SP8 class. The four drivers that will be piloting the machine include Takeshi Tsuchiya, as the chief driver, as well as Takamitsu Matsui, Naoya Gamo, and Yuichi Nakayama.

Competing in the race, according to the motorsport arm, will allow Toyota to introduce new technology in future vehicles. Things like body technology development, engine development, suspension technology, and aerodynamics development are things that Gazoo Racing will explore by competing in the 24-hour race.

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Toyota Gazoo Racing GR Super Sport Concept Packs 986HP Turbo V6 Hybrid 12
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in concepts, featured, Gazoo, Tokyo Auto Salon, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts on 01 12th, 2018


Last December, Gazoo Racing, which is Toyota’s motorsport division, teased a new Super Sport Concept with just the silhouette of the vehicle. One the eve of the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon, Toyota Gazoo Racing unveiled the GR Super Sport Concept in all of its funky glory.

The Tokyo Auto Salon is Japan’s version of SEMA, which means that there will be plenty of incredible machines on display. But we have a feeling that Gazoo Racing’s concept will be one of the more absurd vehicles at the show.

The motorsport division has taken a lot of the components found on the TS050 Hybrid that Toyota raced in WEC and packed them into a striking concept. Power comes from a 2.4-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, just like in the actual race car, that’s also paired to a Toyota Hybrid System. Combined output for the concept is claimed to be 986 horsepower (1,000 PS).

Besides the information on the powertrain, Gazoo Racing didn’t provide any other interesting tidbits on the vehicle, except that it previews how Toyota, according to Gazoo Racing’s President Shigeki Tomoyama, plans to “develop sports cars from active race cars.”

In addition to having a similar powertrain to the TS050 Hybrid, the GSR Super Sport Concept looks like it could compete in the WEC. There are no headlights, there’s nothing that resembles a traditional door, no regular windows, and nothing that gives us the impression that it could be used on the road.

What the concept does have, though, is plenty of aero. Look at those front canards and the strange front-end design. They both look like they come straight off of the real-life race car, just spruced up a little bit. There’s also a fin on the back, like WEC competitors, and what appears to be a sizable rear wing. It really does look like the motorsport arm took Toyota’s racing experience and turned it into a car.

If this is what future sports cars and supercars from Toyota will look like, then we’re definitely on board. The GR Super Sport Concept is the ideal vehicle to lead Toyota’s and Gazoo Racing’s GR lineup of performance vehicles.

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Toyota Gazoo Super Sport Concept Teased Ahead Of Tokyo Debut 15
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in concepts, Gazoo, Tokyo Auto Salon, TOYOTA, Toyota Concepts on 12 15th, 2017


While the world is still waiting for the new Supra to finally break cover, Toyota has dropped a teaser for a new Super Sport Concept coming from its performance Gazoo Racing department.

The new supercar concept will debut at the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon as a Le Mans-inspired flagship of the GR range.

Toyota says that the concept will exhibit how they can apply the lessons learned from their participation in the WEC racing series to a car for the street, with the single teaser image revealing a pretty hardcore automobile.

So far there’s no official information on whether Toyota is actually thinking of putting a car like the upcoming Super Sport Concept into production, leading us to believe that this is still to be decided.

The new supercar concept will debut on January 12 at the Tokyo Auto Salon, along with Toyota’s new WEC racers and production models such as the Toyota 86 GR and the Vitz GRMN.

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2019 Toyota Supra Spied With Production Lights Amidst Gazoo Rumors 24
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Gazoo, Reports, Scoops, TOYOTA, Toyota Scoops, Toyota Supra on 10 24th, 2017


Back in August, we saw a well-camouflaged 2019 Supra prototype prancing around with a pair of production LED headlights, featuring a thin LED strip for improved daylight visibility.
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Toyota’s New Gazoo Lineup To Include Dedicated Sports Car, U.S. To Get Them As TRDs 25
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Gazoo, GR, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Supra, TRD on 09 25th, 2017


Toyota’s recently announced Gazoo Racing (GR) model series is set to include a dedicated sports car platform, apart from beefed-up versions of the regular models.
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Gazoo! Toyota’s Launching A Whole Mess Of GR Performance Models 19
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Gazoo, TOYOTA, Toyota 86, Toyota Mark X, Toyota Prius, Toyota Prius C, Toyota Prius V on 09 19th, 2017


With the launch of the Yaris GRMN, Toyota's showing that it's getting serious – dead serious – about creating performance versions of some of its mainstream models. But that's not the end of it. In fact, as this latest announcement goes to show, it's just the beginning.
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Gazoo! Toyota’s Launching A Whole Mess Of GR Performance Models 19
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Gazoo, TOYOTA, Toyota 86, Toyota Mark X, Toyota Prius, Toyota Prius C, Toyota Prius V on 09 19th, 2017


With the launch of the Yaris GRMN, Toyota's showing that it's getting serious – dead serious – about creating performance versions of some of its mainstream models. But that's not the end of it. In fact, as this latest announcement goes to show, it's just the beginning.
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Toyota Confirms MR2 Successor To Sit Next To GT86 & Supra 9
Mar
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Gazoo, Hybrids, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota MR2 on 03 9th, 2017


Toyota is working on a spiritual successor of the MR2 roadster as part of the company’s plan to have a three-model strong range of sports cars, according to Gazoo Racing chief Tetsuya Tada.
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New Toyota Yaris GRMN Supercharged With 205HP Gets In On The Hot-Hatch Action 7
Mar
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Gazoo, Geneva Motor Show, TOYOTA, Toyota Yaris on 03 7th, 2017


Toyota has been promising for some time to release a hot hatch, and that's just what it's done at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with the introduction of the new Yaris GRMN.
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New Supra To Launch Under Toyota’s Gazoo Performance Brand? 25
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Gazoo, Hybrids, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Supra on 01 25th, 2017


Co-developed with BMW and sharing the same underpinnings as the upcoming Z5 roadster, the new Toyota Supra could launch under the company's Gazoo performance unit.

Toyota has said that it plans to transform its Gazoo motorsports arm into a performance road car brand similar to the BMW M and Mercedes-AMG divisions.
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Toyota’s Gazoo Racing To Display Prius C And Yaris Concepts In Tokyo 16
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Gazoo, Reports, Tokyo Auto Salon, TOYOTA, Toyota Prius C, Toyota Yaris on 12 16th, 2016


Toyota's Gazoo Racing outfit has teased two tuned concepts that will debut at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon held from January 13-15.
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Toyota’s Gazoo Racing To Display Prius C And Yaris Concepts In Tokyo 16
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Gazoo, Reports, Tokyo Auto Salon, TOYOTA, Toyota Prius C, Toyota Yaris on 12 16th, 2016


Toyota's Gazoo Racing outfit has teased two tuned concepts that will debut at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon held from January 13-15.
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Toyota Teases Hot Gazoo Version Of The Yaris Inspired From WRC 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Gazoo, Reports, TOYOTA, Toyota Yaris on 12 13th, 2016


Toyota announced their return in the hot hatch segment with a high-performance version of the Yaris that will take inspiration by the WRC version.
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Toyota Pondering AMG-Rivalling Performance Brand 28
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Gazoo, Reports, TOYOTA on 11 28th, 2016


Toyota could soon have a new performance division tweaking its models in a similar vein to Mercedes-AMG and BMW M.
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