Toyota has taken the wraps off its new Hilux GR Sport model at the São Paulo International Motor Show, slapping the “Gazoo Racing” name on the popular double-cab bakkie.
This, says the brand, is the first Toyota to wear the GR Sport moniker in Latin America, and was developed with “direct support” from the Japanese firm’s Gazoo Racing arm. Just 420 units will be produced.
Built at the automaker’s Zárate plant in Buenos Aires, the limited-edition Hilux GR Sport adds “sporty” styling and a “specially configured” suspension system for fast gravel tracks. The engine – in this case the brand’s familiar 2,8-litre turbodiesel linked to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission – is unchanged.
The suspension updates include hardened front springs and the addition of double-tube dampers. The latter work together with the “specifically selected” valves to result in a “tailored damping curve to enhance driver control” and “increase confidence” during high-speed driving on gravel roads.
Exterior styling cues include extensive use of Gazoo Racing’s signature white, black and red hues (main paint colours, meanwhile, include Pearly White, Black Mica and Metallic Red), plus the addition of "Toyota" lettering on the grille, a black bar styling bar and bold runner boards. The Hilux GR Sport runs on 17-inch alloys wrapped in 265/65 all-terrain rubber.
Inside, you’ll find perforated leather with red stitching, as well as various Gazoo Racing details, including a start button, GR-brand floor mats, a numbered interior plate and the GR logo on the front headrests.
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