Toyota gets the blood pumping with sporty new Vios GR-S

Published March 11, 2021, 9:43 AM

by Inigo Roces

Injected with the Gazoo Racing spirit

Toyota is making the Vios much more exciting this year with the introduction of the new Vios GR-S. This new sporty variant of Toyota’s top-selling sedan adds exciting improvements to the vehicle, developed by Toyota’s Gazoo Racing.

GR-S, which stands for Gazoo Racing Sport, is a guarantee that a car was developed guided by Toyota Gazoo Racing which specializes in developing Toyota’s lineup of products built with racing DNA.

The Vios GR-S is the first GR-S model in Toyota Motor Philippines’ (TMP) lineup. It is the first of many models TMP intends to make sportier options of for racing fans and motorsports enthusiasts who want to excitement in their daily drivers.

The new Vios GR-S distinguishes itself from the average Vios with a new look that’s ready for the racetrack. It starts with a striking exterior, marked with the prestigious GR emblem and featuring a sporty front bumper and grille, aerokit, and spoiler.

It’s more aggressive façade features a grille with a honeycomb design. Side intake vents feature horizontal slats. New side skirts are fitted, together with a new rear bumper, and an integrated diffuser. Completing the look is trunk lip spoiler, black mirrors and door handles, and GR badges. Black, 16-inch alloy wheels shod in high-performance tires complete the exterior enhacements.

The driver and passenger experience also gets a touch of waku-doki. TMP has fitted it with semi-bucket sport seats with thicker bolstering. Red stitching is found throughout the cabin, evident on the wheel, shift lever, and seats.

Propelling it is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder dual VVT-I engine producing 105 PS and 140 Nm. Unique to this model is the 10-Speed CVT. This transmission will gladly behave like a smooth CVT automatic when efficiency is desired. However, with a tap of the paddle shifters, it engages manual mode which features 10 simulated gears to give drivers the feeling of a more driving a conventional manual.

Besides these improvements, the Vios GR-S still comes with all the equipment found on Toyota’s 2021 Vios lineup. Among them is the new infotainment system now fitted with Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility.

It also comes with seven SRS airbags and parking sonar for safer driving around tight spaces.

“There are over 340,000 Vios owners out there who use these reliable, tried and tested vehicles in their daily lives,” said TMP President Atsuhiro Okamoto. “Our goal with the Vios GR-S is to transform your reliable everyday car, to a Vios that gives a more pleasurable drive, whether on track or on the road… the Vios GR-S will bring next level thrill in your everyday drive.”

Best of all, like all the other Vios variants, the Vios GR-S is also proudly Philippine made, and is therefore exempted from safeguard duties.

The new Vios GR-S will be available starting March 15, 2021. It’s priced at P1,020,000 and available in Super Red V, Black 1, and White Pearl Crystal Shine (+P15,000).

Catch the Vios GR-S’s online public launch on March 13, 2021, Saturday, at 6 p.m. on Toyota’s official Facebook page and YouTube channel.