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Toyota GR86 chief engineer says no more GR vehicles planned



Well, it’s great that it lasts. Toyota seems to only regain its fun with the Gazoo Racing sub-brand. The GR has been on the rise in recent years, with the rapid release of driver-oriented performance cars like GR SupraGR Yaris, GR86 and GR Corolla. Unfortunately, if GR86 chief engineer Yasunori Suezawa is correct, fans shouldn’t hold their breath for something else.

Speak through the interpreter to of Australia Driver about future GR models, Suezawa said, “Yes [sic] not really left, so this one [the GR86] is final. It’s not clear if he meant the absolute final point, the complete stop, or no more work at the moment. Might as well be the future sports car may not be under the Gazoo Racing brand. Less than a year ago, Toyota showed what appeared to be a concept for an electric sports car with the “engine” configuration in between.

Suezawa continues to introduce the GR Sport lineup, which includes more pedestrian models with sportier wheels, aerodynamic bits, and occasional suspension tuning. BMW’s USA Sports or Mercedes’ AMG series. “For GR [performance brand]this is basically [the GR86] is final,” he said. But we have GR Sport [brand] that we will be [widening] with models like Corolla, Yaris Cross and C-HR. “

That’s little consolation for those expecting an MR2 revival. It also raises the question of whether there will be successors to the current GR-branded car. If the GR86 follows in the footsteps of the previous generation, it could have a lifespan of 9 years. The fate of the GR Supra will probably be tied to BMW Z4‘S. The Yaris GR and GR Corolla will likely depend on what the next generation brings to the non-GR variants of those cars and whether Toyota sticks with it. WRC.

It would be a shock if Toyota let Gazoo Racing launch. Not because enthusiasts necessarily love the GR brand, but because Toyota has created a huge problem in terms of sales. unification of sports models and racing activities under this banner. However, as long as interesting products continue to appear, Toyota can call them whatever they want.

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