2013 Toyota FR Sports Concept by GRMN review and pictures

Posted on Sunday, 13 January 2013 , 07:01:45 byDan

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Toyota FR Sports Concept by GRMN

The original concepts for the 86 and the FR-S were a successful choice made by Toyota, but when time came to introduce the production variants, the Japanese carmaker seemed to have decreased the quality design of both models. Furthermore, many enthusiasts said that they missed the lack of power delivered by the Subaru-sourced 2.0-liter naturally aspirated flat four that was capable of producing an impressive 200 HP. The Tokyo Auto Salon 2013 named the "GRMN SPORTS FR Concept PLATINUM" unveiled a new concept designed by Toyota’s racing and tuning partner Gazoo Racing which aimed to rectify both issues. Thus, they revised the rear end of the coupe which gained newly shaped taillights and a bumper featuring a diffuser and a re-sculptured boot lid integrating a ginormous wing.

The engineers also worked on the styling front by devising a new front end with different headlamps, bumper and vented hood. The exterior updates are enhanced by the 18-inch alloy wheels shod in tires 245/40r18 up front and 265/35r18 at the back, new side skirts, the wider and vented front, as well as the rear fenders. The interior boasts a full roll cage, a new race-spec steering wheel, bucket seats featuring four-point seat belts together with new other appointments. As far as the performance upgrades are concerned, adding a twin-charger system combining a supercharger and a turbocharger for the boxer engine, Gazoo Racing used all the components it developed for GRMN Sports FR Concept presented at last year’s Goodwood Festival. Thus, the power is boosted to 325 HP and the peak torque reaches 431 Nm, while the rear wheels are driven by a siz-speed manual transmission through a mechanical limited slip differential. Gazoo Racing also made some changes to the brakes and suspension and we are waiting to see whether the Toyota tuner will release the car in production form.