Under the skin, the limited-edition bakkie gains “special off-road-biased suspension”, which the Japanese firm says affords it “even greater off-the-beaten-track prowess”. The suspension updates include hardened front springs and the addition of double-tube dampers. The latter work together with “specifically selected” valves to result in a “tailored damping curve to enhance driver control” and “increase confidence” during high-speed driving on gravel roads.
The Hilux GR-Sport also features special “Gazoo Racing” decals, a unique grille design (complete with "Toyota" lettering), a two-tone colour scheme, a black styling bar, chunky running boards and model-specific 17-inch alloy wheels (wrapped in 265/65 all-terrain rubber).
In addition, Toyota says it boasts “tailored interior treatment”. For reference, the Brazilian-spec model features perforated leather with red stitching, as well as various Gazoo Racing details, including a start button, GR-branded floor mats, a numbered interior plate and a GR logo on the front headrests. It's likely a similar arrangement will be offered here.
From what we understand, no under-bonnet changes have been made, which means the Hilux GR-Sport employs the standard 2,8-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, sending 130 kW and 450 N.m to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
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