High-Performance Toyota Yaris, bZ4X, and GT3 Racing Concepts Unveiled in Tokyo

Toyota Yaris BZ4X GT3 Racing Concepts Unvield

At the Tokyo Auto Salon, Toyota’s Gazoo Racing unveiled a GT3 race car concept, an enhanced GR Yaris, and a sportier form of the bZ4X electric crossover.

Here are the major highlights:

  • At the Auto Salon in 2022, Toyota introduced three vehicles, including a limited-edition GRMN Yaris, for the Japanese market.
  • The intriguing GR GT3 concept (above) teases a future GT3 racing program, with a functioning prototype to be disclosed end of this year.
  • The bZ4X GR Sport is a concept car demonstrating how Toyota’s future electric crossover might look with sportier styling.


Toyota Yaris BZ4X GT3 Racing Concepts Unvield

The Company’s reputation has been based on dependable and capable automobiles but not very thrilling.

The Japanese carmaker has spent the past three years with a succession of sports cars, the inexpensive, lightweight GR86, the more powerful Supra, and the overseas-only, all-wheel-drive rally-car-for-the-road GR Yaris injecting excitement into its inventory.

The Company has announced three vehicles at the Tokyo Auto Salon in 2022 that preview the future of sporty Toyotas, from motorsports to quick family transportation.

Toyota Yaris BZ4X GT3 Racing Concepts Unvield

The strikingly designed GR GT3 concept foreshadows Gazoo Racing’s future in motorsports. Toyota currently provides a GT4 Supra, but this sharp-looking prototype implies that a full-fledged GT3 racing program could be on the way.

The Company declined to comment on the GR GT3’s motivations, but GR CEO Koji Sato affirmed that a first model would be on the road by 2022.

A tall hood, a high back wing, a large rear diffuser, and numerous creases and vents adorn the body of the design. We also notice an exhaust pipe jutting out behind the front wheels, implying that the GR GT3 will use internal combustion.

The Company also unveiled the GRMN Yaris, a modified rally hatch that will only be sold in Japan in 500 units. The GRMN model is somewhat broader and lower, and by deleting the rear bench seats, the Company saved roughly 44 pounds.

A cross-brace has replaced the seats to improve rigidity, and it has also incorporated a mechanical limited-slip differential and a redesigned close-ratio gearbox.

A massive wing hangs off the back edge of the roof, and the driver now sits in track-ready Recaro bucket seats.

Finally, The Company unveiled the bZ4X GR Sport concept, which promises a performance version of the Company’s forthcoming electric crossover. The idea boasts wider wheels and blacked-out trim and sport seats, but Toyota hasn’t provided any technical details about the vehicle.

While the GRMN Yaris will remain a forbidden fruit, the bZ4X GR Sport may see production, but we’re more interested in seeing the GR GT3 prototype on the track later this year.

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