Toyota's Sportiest Vios Variant Is Race-Ready
Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) recently introduced a new variant of its highly popular Vios model. The country’s bestselling sedan now has a very sporty variant with the introduction of the Vios GR-S. It’s backed by Toyota’s Gazoo Racing brand and has all the motorsport trimmings.
The Vios is Toyota’s locally manufactured passenger car, while GR-S stands for Gazoo Racing Sport, a mark of guarantee that the car was developed under the guidance of Toyota’s motorsports arm Gazoo Racing that specializes in developing Toyota’s lineup of products built with racing DNA.
TMP President Atsuhiro Okamoto introduced the Vios GR-S as “the country’s most trusted model, injected with GR spirit.”
“There are over 340,000 Vios owners out there who use these reliable, tried and tested vehicles in their daily lives,” Okamoto said. “Our goal with the Vios GR-S is to transform your reliable everyday car to a Vios that gives a more pleasurable drive, whether on track or on the road. The Vios GR-S will bring next level thrill in your everyday drive.”
Toyota Motor Philippines is very active in the local motorsport scene, frontlining its Vios model in the highly popular one-make race with the same name, the Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Cup, which is now on its seventh edition. Last year, the race series was cancelled due to the pandemic but TMP announced that the race will push through this year if the prevailing conditions would allow.
Aside from the live racing action at the Clark International Speedway, e-racers battle it out once again on the virtual track as it launches the second season of the GR GT Cup.
The Toyota GRS
The Vios GR-S will be the first GR-S model in Toyota’s lineup, and TMP intends to make sportier options available for racing fans and motorsports enthusiasts who want to express this passion through their daily drivers. The new Vios GR-S comes with a distinctive and sporty look with the prestigious GR emblem and comes with a GR front bumper and grille, aerokit, and spoiler.
Inside, the race-ready interior comes with the leather with red accent stitching on the wheel, shift lever and knob material, and suede/synthetic leather with red stitching seats.
For added safety, the 10-speed CVT transmission variant comes with seven SRS airbags and clearance sonars for a safer drive, as well as easy smartphone apps access with the Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility.
Price for the 1.5 GR-S variant is P1.035 million for the White Pearl Crystal Shine color and P1.02 million for the Super Red V and Black 1 colors.
TMP will promote Toyota Gazoo Racing products in the market starting this year. Backed by its extensive history in the motorsports global stage, TMP says it aspires to make motorsports bigger and more widely known in the country.