Toyota’s Gazoo Racing Could Be Working On Tuned 86 And Yaris

If new trademarks are any indication, Gazoo Racing could soon get its hands on a number of Toyota models and work its magic.

According to Autocar, Toyota’s racing sub-brand has trademarked the GR moniker and intends to use it on tuned versions of the popular 86 coupe and Yaris supermini.

Gazoo has already created the thrilling Yaris GRMN compact hot hatch and its next foray into the Yaris will likely be a more accessible model that’s not a limited run and will be sold exclusively in Europe and the UK.

As for a tuned 86 from Gazoo, it could finally silence the critics who have long proclaimed that the sports car needs more power. Or maybe not.

The current-generation 86 is thought to be approaching the end of its lifecycle and a second-generation model is in the works. The timing of these trademarks suggests that the Gazoo-tuned 86 could be based around the second-gen car rather than the current model. With that being said, there’s a slight chance a punchier 86 could act as a send-off for the coupe.

Whatever the case may be, the Gazoo-tuned 86 and new Yaris will benefit from a number of performance modifications. For the 86, work will inevitably be done on the 2.0-liter four-cylinder flat-four to increase horsepower and torque. However, it is unlikely that the sports car will adopt forced induction.

As for the next Gazoo Yaris, it may feature the same 1.8-liter supercharged four-cylinder as the GRMN, but probably deliver less than that model’s 209 hp.

Apart from engine output, which is mere speculation right now, expect the performance sub-brand’s engineers to tune the chassis of both models in order to provide even sportier driving characteristics.

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  • ksegg

    Tuned for what.

    More aerodynamic seat belts?

    Because we already know they’re not going to increase power.

    GT86/BRZ news is about as useful as SUPRA GETTING RELEASED! news.

  • Mr. EP9

    By “tuning” they of course mean tweaks to the suspension and body kits. As for the Yaris? Pretty sure it’s going to be the same affair.

    • I heard that for Yaris, the people from TMG (the one that made last gen Yaris GRMN) were involved with design of the next Yaris, they admit the first Yaris GRMN is not that optimal thanks to basic fundamental design.

  • SteersUright

    If it does come out with more performance, at this point go all out or dont bother. Stickers, wings, specials colors and bright colored calipers won’t get anyone to seriously reconsider these cars.

  • Bo Hanan

    It’s probably a new exterior color worth about an extra 15 horse power.

  • javier

    toyota is messed up. The 86 series looks really good but would be nicer with 100 more hp. The bmw, er..supra, is over done looking and is not really a toyota. Too bad they couldn’t have just come out with a better 86

  • I do hope that this means proper and affordable GRMN version of next car. The Yaris GRMN was a fine car but it’s more expensive than it’s rival (to be fair it was a special edition model)

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