Toyota creating ‘Gs’ performance division

Toyota creating ‘Gs’ performance division

Recent reports are coming in about Toyota’s plans to start a new, in-house performance division dubbed “Gs” sometime in 2010.

Last month, Toyota revealed three models dressed in a new line of performance parts at the Tokyo Auto Salon under the “Toyota G Sports” name. While a bodykitted Prius isn’t going to set hearts racing, the turbocharged Toyota FT-86, fitted with a complete aero kit, suspension and brake upgade is far more appealing.

Unlike the forthcoming Volkswagen R line, BMW’s M division or Mercedes-Benz’ AMG unit, the Gs line is actually a joint collaboration between exterior component specialist Modelista and TRD, which will handle engine, suspension and brake development with the help of Gazoo, the firm that helped to create the recent hybrid Mk. III MR2 (read news).

The G’s division will apparently focus on high-end street-style components and will likely be sold as either a complete model (like the Toyota FT-86 Gs) or available as separate components, similar to the Lexus F Sport line.

What exactly this means for Toyotas in NZ remains to be seen, but if the FT-86 makes it here there should be some tasty optional upgrades.

Recent reports are coming in about Toyota’s plans to start a new, in-house performance division dubbed “Gs” sometime in 2010.

Last month, Toyota revealed three models dressed in a new line of performance parts at the Tokyo Auto Salon under the “Toyota G Sports” name. While a bodykitted Prius isn’t going to set hearts racing, the turbocharged Toyota FT-86, fitted with a complete aero kit, suspension and brake upgade is far more appealing.

Unlike the forthcoming Volkswagen R line, BMW’s M division or Mercedes-Benz’ AMG unit, the Gs line is actually a joint collaboration between exterior component specialist Modelista and TRD, which will handle engine, suspension and brake development with the help of Gazoo, the firm that helped to create the recent hybrid Mk. III MR2 (read news).

The G’s division will apparently focus on high-end street-style components and will likely be sold as either a complete model (like the Toyota FT-86 Gs) or available as separate components, similar to the Lexus F Sport line.

What exactly this means for Toyotas in NZ remains to be seen, but if the FT-86 makes it here there should be some tasty optional upgrades.

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