Here's a surprise: Toyota has announced the company will produce the iQ Supercharger first unveiled at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon in limited quantities. The automaker has confirmed the development at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon. The vehicles will be built by partner Gazoo Racing and will feature a brawnier version of the same 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine found in the standard iQ. With a little forced induction on its side courtesy of a supercharger, the engine should be good for 130 horsepower and 133 pound-feet of torque. That's an increase of 36 ponies and 44 lb-ft over the stock configuration.

Like the concept, the production model will wear a not-so-subtle widebody kit, stiffer suspension and more aggressive brakes than its standard siblings. A six-speed manual transmission will be the only gearbox option. Indoors, buyers can expect to find custom seats and gauges that read all the way up to 124 mph.

Toyota and Gazoo Racing only plan to produce 100 of the muscle-bound iQ Supercharger models, and there's no indication its Scion cousin sold in the States will receive a similar treatment. What a shame. Hit the jump for a brief introductory video featuring the original concept as well as the full press release.



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'GRMN', 'G's' Concepts Debut at Tokyo Auto Salon 2012

'GRMN iQ Supercharger' to be Launched Summer 2012

Toyota City, Japan, January 13, 2012-Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is displaying a total of 15 vehicles, including five concept vehicles from "GAZOO Racing tuned by MN" (GRMN) and "G Sports"1 (G's), plus production vehicles, at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2012 with NAPAC2. The Tokyo Auto Salon, the world's largest customized car exhibition, is being held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba City from today through January 153.

TMC views the Tokyo Auto Salon as a place where peoples' dreams about automobiles convene, and as such has actively exhibited there. Building on last year's show, TMC hopes to spark an even wider range of people's interest in the joy of owning, driving and discussing automobiles developed through GAZOO Racing4 activities.

The main concept vehicle on display is the "GRMN iQ Supercharger" prototype, a second-generation GRMN supercharged ultra compact scheduled for a limited 100-unit launch5 this summer. Based on the "iQ 130G MT "6, the GRMN iQ Supercharger features enhanced driving performance and seeks a feeling of integration between vehicle and driver. Also on display from the GRMN series are the "GRMN Sports Hybrid Concept II" and the "GRMN Vitz Turbo Concept", as well as the G's series' "Mark X G Sports Concept II" and "Vellfire G Sports Concept" sports-conversion models.

Part of TMC's exhibition space is an area devoted to custom versions of the compact, rear-wheel-drive sports car "86" ("hachi-roku"), a vehicle extremely popular at the Tokyo Motor Show 2011. On display are two custom models and also the "GAZOO Racing Toyota FT-86" that competed in the 2011 Nürburgring endurance race. (TMC plans to compete again this year with an 86 from GAZOO Racing.) The display will also feature aerodynamic parts, wheels and other accessories to give consumers a clear idea of the 86's expansive customization possibilities.

During the exhibition, TMC is holding virtual events on GAZOO Metapolis7, a Japanese-language website featuring a virtual city (http://metapolis.toyota.co.jp). Also, the GAZOO website (in Japanese) has a special, exhibition-focused section (http://gazoo.com/racing/event/autosalon2012). Videos from the venue will be posted on Ustream and information will be available on web-based social-media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to enhance the dialogue between car enthusiasts both inside and outside the exhibition.

To further expand its GAZOO activities, TMC established a full-time GAZOO department this January to create more opportunities for people to easily experience the joy of automobiles. The department will continue to actively conduct various grass-roots motorsports events such as the GAZOO Racing "Waku Doki" circuit events8 and the Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival (TGRF)9.

Key Specifications of GRMN iQ Supercharger (Prototype Model)

Base vehicle IQ 130G MT (arrow pronounced "go")

Length/width/height 3,140 mm/1,705 mm/1,470 mm

Wheelbase 2,000 mm

Weight 990 kg

Seating 4

Driveline Front-wheel drive

Engine 1NR-FE + supercharger

Displacement 1,329 cc

Maximum output 95 kW (130 PS)/5,200 rpm

Maximum torque 180 N-m (18.3 kgf-m)/4,400 rpm

Transmission Six-speed manual transmission (close ratio)

Tires 195/55R16

Main features Performance - Specially-tuned suspension

- Exclusive brake pads & rotors

- Specially-tuned mufflers (dual)

- Lower gear reduction ratio

Exterior - Blister fenders

- Exclusive bumpers (front & rear)

- Exclusive rear spoiler

- Aluminum wheels (by Enkei)

Interior - Exclusive sport seats

- Exclusive gauges (200 km/h scale)


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      FoxJ30
      • 2 Years Ago
      So is Aston Martin going to release a Cygnet S now?
      bobmarley
      • 2 Years Ago
      how much does the IQ weigh? This could be a fun little toy.
      TsarBomba
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love it! Small, supercharged, swb. This car will be fun and quick under the speed limit. Thanks for making this - some of us enthusiasts still love the fact you guys are even willing to build small fun cars.
      lorenzo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hear allot of complaints about the Auto Trans in the iQ. It would be nice if this 6 speed became available to the US consumer. If this supercharged version came to the US, it would be hard to pick between it and the Abarth 500
        Leather Bear
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        Lorenzo: Exactly my thinking. I was planning on being the first in line for the iQ when arrived in the US, but the "CVT or nothing" policy was an immediate deal killer.
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        This and the Abarth 500 are in 2 totally different segments. The iQ is a city car. It's competition for the Smart Fortwo.
          lorenzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          they are both A segment cars - granted the 500 is on the top end of that size wise
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        By the way, there aren't any complaints on the auto in the iQ. Just because Zoom said "crappy' doesn't actually mean he's talking about reliability. He just doesn't like auto trannies.
          lorenzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Every article I read complains about it
        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        Wrong, the Fiat 500 is a B-segment car. This is an A-segment.
          lorenzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Wrong, the Fiat 500 is an A segment car Mar 2 2011 Fiat is returning to the American market very soon, as evidenced by the current launch of the 2012 Fiat 500 A-segment car, which will lead the brand back into the U.S. market. http://automotive.about.com/od/Retail-Marketing/a/Fiat-Brings-New-Sales-Strategies-To-American-Market.htm
          lorenzo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Many people say the 500 is A Segment: Ford Ka, Fiat 500, Smart, Chevy Beat and Groove. Segment B are: Yaris, Fiesta, Fit, Aveo Segment C: Civic http://forums.motortrend.com/70/6903068/the-general-forum/will-americans-go-for-a-segment-cars/index.html Everyone seems to be excited about the new Ford Ka, Fiat 500, Smart car, and Chevy Beat and Groove and other "A-Segment" cars.
      fahgetkila666
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still wouldn't be caught dead in it.
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        wtrmlnjuc
        • 2 Years Ago
        Are you currently humping the left legs, the right legs, or the cocks of the ITSNOT[insert nationality/brand here]ANDTHEREFOREIMUSTHATEIT crowd?
        RA
        • 2 Years Ago
        cars and class huh.. LOL lame.
        fahgetkila666
        • 2 Years Ago
        100% agreed. POS all the way i cant believe that passes for a car
      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Scion will need it MAKE IT SO! BD
      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did toyota invent fugly?
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone remember those tiny wind-up cars as a kid, where they had a little slot on the back of them for sticking a coin so that they would spin in circles while doing a wheelie? Hmm, why did that thought just come to mind?
      chickenflauta
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't get me wrong... living in Europe, I love small vehicles and city cars, but... Surely I'm not the only one who thinks this looks ridiculous.
      carnut0913
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still just a Penny Racer to me.
      chirowolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why? Butt Ugly and about as aerodynamic as a brick. Do some more work on the FS and stop waisting time with the iQ. The iQ is a econobox city car, and thats great, but trying to make it something else is a exersize in frunstation and deminissed returns. Put the Same tech in the FS and get much better return adn a better overall package. By the way, i still think the FS is boring, but it is the only thing toyota has right now that has any potential.
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