At the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon, Toyota Motor Corporation is displaying a total of 15 vehicles and one of them is the GRMN iQ Supercharger Concept. Toyota has surprised everyone there with the announcement of the production of the abovementioned concept car.
The iQ Supercharger was first showcased at the same show in 2011. Toyota jointly developed the car with Gazoo Racing and will feature a force induced 1.3 litre engine. Toyota hopes to spark an interest among people who enjoy owning, driving and discussing automobiles developed through GAZOO Racing activities.
A second generation of GRMN’s (Gazoo Racing tuned by MN) supercharged ultra compact city car will be built in limited quantities (100 units) during this summer. The car is based on the 1.3 litre Toyota iQ and a close ratio six-speed manual will be the only transmission option. Maximum power output is at 130bhp at 5200 rpm and with a torque of 180Nm at 4400rpm.
The front wheel drive car will feature a specially tuned suspension in order to handle the extra power (an increase of around 37bhp and 62Nm of torque). With extra power added, the car will also receive uprated brake pads and rotors. In addition, the car will also receive a specially tuned dual tipped exhaust system.
A not so subtle bodykit will adorn the GRMN iQ and multi spoked wheels are supplied by Enkei. In the interior department, the front seats are replaced with sport seats that feature a Gazoo Racing badge. Exclusive instrument gauges will replace the original ones and the speedometer has a top speed measure of 200km/h.
To further expand its GAZOO activities, Toyota established a full-time GAZOO department in order to create more opportunities for people to easily experience the joy of automobiles. The department will continue to actively conduct various grass-roots motorsports events such as the GAZOO Racing "Waku Doki" circuit events and the Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival (TGRF).
Lightweight, compact and with a decent powered engine will equate to loads of driving fun and I am glad that Toyota is willing to build them. I hope it will land on our shores because I would love to have one.
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