Toyota announced that it will show several modified cars at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon, with entries ranging from affordable subcompacts to dedicated sports cars.
The first of the modified cars is a three-door Toyota Yaris (known as the Vitz in other markets) that Gazoo Racing has tweaked for race duty. Beneath the short hood, a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine sends 148 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. Black aluminum wheels shod with race tires, stronger brakes, stiffer suspension, and chassis bracing is all meant to prepare the car for high-performance driving. The Yaris has a unique rear bumper, bucket seats, plus tweaked head- lights and taillights to finish the new look.
Gazoo also will show off its Sports FR Concept Platinum, a modified Toyota 86 with a tall rear wing and new wide-mouth front fascia. The result (pictured at top) is that the car looks remarkably like Toyota's old Supra sports coupe. Beneath the new sheetmetal, Gazoo has upgraded the 2.0-liter flat-four engine with a supercharger and a turbocharger.
Speaking of the 86 coupe, four other tuners will show off their takes on the new two-door. The 86 x Style Cb wears an odd, rounded nose; new bulbous headlights; and a two-tone cream-on-black paint job. The 86 Modellista simply wears a new body kit and larger wheels; a giant lower fascia now sports L-shaped blue running lights and is finished by a pavement-skimming lip. The 86 TRD Griffon is designed for racing, with an aggressive front splitter, larger rear wing, race tires mounted on black six-spoke wheels, and plastic windows. Finally, the TOM'S N086V is dressed up with curious wheels with spokes at 90-degree angles, new side skirts, and a different front fascia with a larger lower grille and more angular foglight surrounds.
In addition, Toyota plans to show the Aqua G Sports, a modified version of the small hybrid we know here in the U.S. as the Prius C. Promising that "hybrid technology is no barrier to creating eye-popping custom concepts," tuner G Sports has installed sportier suspension pieces, chassis bracing, as well as aesthetic upgrades like black wheels and an enormous black front grille with L-shaped LED running lights. G Sports also has modified Toyota's Japanese-market Mark X sedan by adding a carbon-fiber roof panel.
After all those road-going models, Toyota's stand at the Tokyo Auto Salon will also feature two racing cars from longtime partner Gazoo Racing. Both a Lexus LFA and Toyota GT86 will enter this year's 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race -- marking the seventh consecutive year that Gazoo has competed in the grueling event.