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Of course Toyota's latest Gazoo Racing model is a Hilux

Toyota’s performance brand now makes coupes, hot hatches and, um, pick-ups

Published: 07 Nov 2018
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“As a car to launch Toyota’s new Gazoo Racing brand, it’s a brilliant demonstration of the engineering prowess that will go into future products.”

So said, erm, us when we drove the Toyota Yaris GRMN, one of the punchiest, hardest cored hot hatches of the last few years. Gazoo Racing had arrived in Europe with a bang.

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In South America, though, it arrives with this. The Hilux GR Sport has just been unveiled at the Sao Paulo motor show as the first Gazoo product designed and developed in the region.

It makes sense, of course. Toyota’s sold some niche Gazoo offerings in its Japanese homeland for some time, but launching it elsewhere with targeted products makes sense. While a pent-up little hot hatch is perfect for British roads, it’d flounder a bit in the South American market. So they get a pick-up with stickers on it.

The mods go a little deeper than its new decals, grille and wheel arch extensions, though. There’s retuned suspension and quicker steering, while its 2.8-litre diesel engine now produces 175bhp and 331lb ft of torque. The former figure gets close to the Yaris, the latter kicks its bum. A six-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive are standard.

While the Yaris was limited to 600 cars, the Hilux is even rarer, at 420, and you’ve a choice of red, white or black. All will be sold in Brazil, so it’s time to march to your Toyota dealer with a wittily penned placard if you want one here.

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Looking at the bigger picture, it’s clear Toyota is open to giving just about anything the Gazoo treatment. So what next? A Land Cruiser? A Prius? Finally, a production version of the mad Aygo Crazy? Answers below, please…

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