Redesigned Vios GR-S is first Gazoo Racing model that Toyota will launch this year
Toyota is leaning into its sportier side with the reveal this week of the Vios GR-S variant. GR stands for Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s motorsports arm, and S is for Sport. Gazoo Racing is also responsible for designing and producing some of the company’s more interesting road cars, such as the GR Supra, to give the coupe its current full name. Also exciting is the announcement that more GR models are joining the Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) lineup this year, including the much-awaited high-performance GR Yaris.
The GR-S immediately stands out from the rest of the Vios lineup. The restyled bumper with huge black maw, road-hugging airdam, and faux brake vents are hard to miss. Black accents are the order of the day, with 16-inch alloy wheels, and side mirrors as well as door handles all rendered in piano black trim. There’s a also a neat ducktail spoiler mounted on the boot lid, pairing well with a blackened out section in the rear bumper. Speaking of added aero kits, there are also side skirts that serve to visually tie in the front bumper to the restyled rear section. Don’t worry about scraping any of the kit on humps or parking ramps. We drove the Vios GR-S around the Fort and we didn’t experience any close calls with the pavement. The new sedan is eye-catching in Super Red V, and we had our eyes locked on the White Pearl Crystal Shine.
The interior also gets a healthy dose of sporting flavor. Gauges—twin analog units for the speed and tachometer, thankfully—feature red surrounds on the dials. Front seats are trimmed in synthetic leather with suede center sections. Red stitching surrounds the GR logo on the front headrests. Coolest of all is the GR logo on the engine start button—it glows in the dark, too.
Under the hood of the Vios GR-S is Toyota’s trusty 1.5-liter inline-four gasoline engine, good for 107ps and 140Nm. It’s mated to a CVT transmission, the only option for the GR-S. The driver can engage any of 10 virtual gears using paddle shifters. The Vios rides on a McPherson strut front, torsion beam rear suspension. Brakes are discs at all four corners.
“There are over 340,000 Vios owners out there who use these reliable, tried and tested vehicles in their daily lives. 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,” TMP President Atsuhiro Okamoto said.
The New Vios GR-S will be available in all of TMP’s dealerships across the country starting March 15, 2021. The Super Red V and Black 1 are priced at P1.020M, while the White Pearl Crystal Shine goes for P1.035M.