Toyota’s Gazoo Racing performance car lineup could peak at four cars for now — the GR86, Supra, Corolla and Yaris — according to a vehicle’s chief engineer.
Toyota’s family of Gazoo Racing (GR) high-performance cars is complete – for the immediate future – according to engineer behind its most affordable member, the GR86 sports car.
When asked if there are other high-performance models planned under the Toyota GR brand after the current quartet, Toyota GR86 chief engineer Yasunori Suezawa said journey through a translator: “Actually, there is no one left, so that [the GR86] is the last.”
The GR cars belong to the mid-range of Gazoo Racing’s sub-brand – above the GR Sport range, which applies styling and slight suspension changes to standard cars, and the GRMN cars, which are exclusive, track-focused limited editions above the GR -models.
“For the GR [performance brand]basically that [the GR86] is the last. But we have a GR Sport [brand] that we will be [widening] with models like Corolla, Yaris Cross and C-HR,” said Suezawa-san.
The GR86 chief engineer’s comments cast doubt on rumors from Japan and the US in recent months of more GR models, from a sedan – possibly based on the Corolla – to a mid-engined compact sports car being developed jointly with Suzuki and Daihatsu became .
Toyota executives have already ruled out an SUV – at least initially, and from the full GR Performance brand, rather than under the moniker GR Sport Styling Pack.
However, Suezawa-san doesn’t say if the GR lineup is just complete for now – or long-term, opening the door for more models closer to mid-decade, such as a new electric sports car rumored to be in Japanese magazine best car.
As for the models seen in showrooms today, the GR Supra is expected to remain on sale until 2025 or 2026, when production is expected to end in Australia – alongside its BMW Z4 sibling.
The Toyota GR86 could follow the first-generation ’86 with a 10-year lifecycle – while the GR Corolla and Yaris could follow the lifecycles of their standard counterparts, ending production in their current form around 2024 and 2025, respectively.