The Crown family may in the near future receive a more productive version from the Gazoo Racing division, reports the Japanese publication BestCarWeb. This option, as insiders say, will receive an installation with a capacity of about 370 horsepower, a sports suspension, as well as a more “aggressive” appearance and special decor in the interior, which is standard for models with the GR prefix.
The Toyota GR Crown will be powered by a hybrid power plant from the Crown Hybrid Max based on a 2.4 petrol engine, which will be boosted to approximately 300 horsepower. In tandem with two electric motors, it will produce about 380 horsepower. This is noticeably more than the “top” 344 power on the current Crown. It can be assumed that the Crown from Gazoo Racing will accelerate from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in less than five seconds.
However, the matter will not be limited to increasing power. For the GR Crown, engineers will improve the suspension, add additional bracing, improve the brakes and re-tune the steering. Toyota itself has not yet even hinted at a GR variant, but sources claim that work on it is already underway.
As for the exterior, you can expect a different body kit with larger air intakes, a spoiler, carbon parts and larger rims. A hint of the future transformation can be seen in the Crown family accessory kits from Gazoo Racing and Modellista. They were released in the summer of the year before last.
For the interior, they’ll likely opt for a dark color scheme with red contrast stitching, add GR badging and swap out the seats for sportier ones.
At the same time, GR is also working on the Yaris: at the end of last year, the hot hatch received a pair of championship versions with a “donut” mode. They were named Sebastien Ogier Edition and Kalle Rovanpera Edition in honor of the French and Finnish WRC champions as part of the Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT factory team.
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