Toyota reveals brace of customized concepts at Tokyo Auto Salon

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The Tokyo Auto Salon kicked off this weekend, filling the slot in the Japanese car scene that SEMA does in North America or Essen does in Germany with tuned and modified versions of domestic automobiles. Of course, Toyota wouldn't miss out on the opportunity to show just how far its JDM models can be taken, and to that end brought no fewer than 34 customized vehicles to the Makuhari Messe in Chiba City.

Among the highlights is the Harrier G Sports Concept, a modified version of the new crossover that debuted just a couple of months ago at the more mainstream Tokyo Motor Show, with a blacked-out snout that makes it look like a Lexus RX with a bloody nose. There was also a similarly modified Vitz RS G Sports Concept, fitting sports seats and a firmer suspension to the hatchback better known on this side of the Pacific as the Yaris.

Toyota's Japanese in-house tuning division GRMN modified the domestic Mark X sport sedan, replete with 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed manual, with an optimized suspension, brakes and Torsen limited-slip differential. It was joined by the GRMN 86 Concept that brings Gazoo Racing's experience on the Nürburgring to the streets of Japan with a lower curb weight, enhanced powertrain and a firmer suspension.

Alongside the modified Harrier, Vitz, Mark X and GT86, Toyota brought in custom rides from Gazoo Racing, G Sports, Modellista and TRD, the full extent of which you can read about, along with the full specs on those four centerpieces, in the press release below.
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New Toyota 'GRMN','G's' Concepts Debut at Tokyo Auto Salon 2014

Toyota City, Japan, January 10, 2014-Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is showing multiple concept vehicles at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2014 with NAPAC1 customized-car exhibition-the world's largest-running from today through January 12 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba City.

The display, totaling 34 vehicles, showcases two "GAZOO Racing tuned by MN"2 (GRMN) and two "G Sports"3 (G's) concept models, as well as three GAZOO Racing4 vehicles that are to compete in the 42nd 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race in Germany in June. The display space, 50 percent larger than last year's, also features various custom sedans and minivans from Toyota associated brands and affiliates.

The GRMN series display features the "GRMN Mark X Concept" and the "GRMN 86 Concept"-vehicles designed to bring the joy of sporty driving to all kinds of roads. The GRMN Mark X Concept combines the Mark X's exclusive 6-speed manual transmission with a V6 3.5-liter engine, and features special suspension tuning, disc brakes and Torsen® limited-slip differential5 for even more satisfying control and a greater joy of driving. The GRMN 86 Concept incorporates the technical expertise gained through the 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race, achieving optimal vehicle weight reduction, a lower center of gravity, an enhanced powertrain and improved body rigidity.

The G's series display features the "Harrier G Sports Concept"-the first sporty SUV in the G's series, which combines the joy of driving with riding comfort and adds a sporty and unique feel to the base vehicle-and the "Vitz RS G Sports Concept", which features exclusive sports seats, enhanced body rigidity, and optimized suspension tuning for an enhanced sporty feel.

Toyota views the Tokyo Auto Salon as a venue for peoples' dreams about automobiles to converge. Building on last year's show, Toyota hopes to convey the joy of owning, driving, and discussing automobiles cultivated through GAZOO Racing activities to an even broader range of people, thereby creating new car enthusiasts.

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1Nippon Auto Parts Aftermarket Committee
2Product brand forged on the streets of Nürburgring-considered by many to be the crucible of performance-vehicle development-and through other races and fine-tuning by GAZOO Racing test drivers
3Sports conversion series of models fully tuned by GAZOO Racing test drivers and set at an affordable price range by reducing production costs through partial inline customization and other measures to give a wider range of consumers a taste of racing and the enjoyment of cars
4GAZOO Racing is a vehicle-development and motor-sports support program created by GAZOO. Toyota test drivers participate in races and vehicle development with the aim of creating ever-better cars, and grass-roots motor sports events are promoted to provide the joy of driving to consumers
5A differential gear that applies optimal drive force to the left and right wheels according to the road surface conditions. Torsen is a trademark of JTEKT Corporation.

Key Specifications of Toyota Concept Vehicles Exhibited at Tokyo Auto Salon 2014
Vehicle name GRMN Mark X
Harrier G Sports
Vitz RS G Sports
Length/width/height 4,860 mm/
1,795 mm/
1,420 mm
4,240 mm/
1,775 mm/
1,275 mm
4,780 mm /
1,835 mm /
1,650 mm
3,980 mm /
1,695 mm /
1,490 mm
Wheelbase 2,850 mm 2,570 mm 2,660 mm 2,510 mm
Weight 1,540 kg 1,200 kg 1,650 kg 1,040 kg
Seating 5 2 5 5
Driveline Front-wheel drive Front-wheel drive Four-wheel drive Front-wheel drive
Engine 2GR-FSE FA20 3ZR-FAE 1NZ-FE
Displacement 3,456 cc 1,998 cc 1,986 cc 1,496 cc
Maximum output At least
235 kW (320 PS)/
6,400 rpm
At least
147 kW (200 PS)/
7,000 rpm
111 kW (151 PS)/
6,100 rpm
80 kW (109 PS)/
6,000 rpm
Maximum torque At least
380 N-m
(38.7 kgf-m)/
4,800 rpm
At least
205 N-m
(20.9 kgf-m)/
from 6,400 to
6,600 rpm
193 N-m
(19.7 kgf-m)/
3,800 rpm
138 N-m
(14.1 kgf-m)/
4,400 rpm
Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed manual Super CVT-i 5-speed manual
Tires Front 235/40R19 215/40R17 235/50R19 205/45R17
Rear 265/35R19 215/40R17 235/50R19 205/45R17

List of TMC and Associated Brand Vehicles at Tokyo Auto Salon 2014
Exhibit Booth Vehicle
GAZOO Racing GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA Vehicles to compete in the 42nd 24 Hours Nürburgring endurance race Race vehicles
GAZOO Racing Lexus LFA Code X
GAZOO Racing Toyota 86
GAZOO Racing Command Hiace
GRMN Mark X Concept Concept cars
GRMN 86 Concept
Harrier G Sports Concept
Vitz RS G Sports Concept
TE-Spyder 800
86 X style Cb (prototype of model scheduled for Japan-market launch*)
86 X style Cb spider
Crown Athlete Tom's Version Concept cars
GAZOO Racing TRD 86 (will compete in TRD Rally Challenge)
GAZOO Racing Luck 86 (will compete in Japanese Rally Championship)
GAZOO Racing Spirit 86 (will compete in Super Taikyu Series)
G Sports/
Area 86
Mark X G Sports Mass production vehicles
Prius G Sports
Aqua G Sports
Alphard G Sports
Vellfire G Sports
Hachiroku produced by Netz Toyota Hyogo Concept car
86 Supercharger produced by Team Netz with Tom's
Modellista Harrier Modellista Ver.1
Hiace/Regius Ace MRT (Multi-Role Transporter)
Voxy Concept Modellista Ver.
Noah Concept Modellista Ver.
TRD 86 TRD Griffon Concept 014
86 TRD Customize Concept 014
Harrier TRD Sportivo Concept
Hiace/Regius Ace TRD Sportivo Concept
86/BRZ Race Autobacs G7 86 Potenza
(No. 557)
Vehicles to compete in GAZOO Racing 86/BRZ Race
Manatura Kota-R BRZ
(No. 61)
N1 Tech Potenza Win 86
(No. 100)
NETZ Gunma FK Massimo µ86
(No. 62)
*Launch timing and prices to be determined

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