Toyota Gr Gt3 Concept: A Long, Lean Racer With Road Aspirations

Toyota GR GT3 Concept: a long, lean racer with road aspirations

Toyota and Lexus trundled into the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon with a bundle of modded gear. There are two especially racy bits — one, the GRMN Yaris we've already covered, and this, the Gazoo Racing GT3 Concept that is philosophically, if not aesthetically, related to the Yaris.

Toyota believes it can provide more enjoyment for customers by commercializing race cars than by making customer cars racy. So instead of turning one of its road cars into a GT3-class competitor (Toyota does sell a Supra GT4), the GT3 Concept could be a customer potential race car that, as required by GT3 homologation rules, would become a road car.  

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Toyota Bz4x Gr Sport Concept Adds Letters At Tokyo Auto Salon

Toyota bZ4X GR Sport Concept adds letters at Tokyo Auto Salon

Toyota went all-in on performance at this year's Tokyo Auto Salon, and the company's efforts weren't just limited to gasoline-powered cars. Therefore, we get the Toyota bZ4X GR Sport Concept. Yeah, the name sounds even more like a fax machine now with "GR" tacked onto the end of bZ4X.

If you've already seen the news on the Subaru Solterra STI Concept, then you may have presumed this was inevitable from Toyota. After all, what one of these mechanical twins does is almost certain to result in the other also taking part. Unfortunately, Toyota's modifications to the bZ4X are similar to the Solterra's, in that they are narrow in scope and don't add much in the way of performance.

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Nissan Z Gets Factory Customized Before It Even Goes On Sale

Nissan Z gets factory customized before it even goes on sale

The new Nissan Z may not be on sale yet, but we still got to see a customized version at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Yes, Nissan itself decided to put together a custom model to show off with the not-so-creative name of Nissan Fairlady Z Customized Proto. Nissan didn't give much information about the car, but as far as we can tell, it's mainly to get buyers' and customizers' brains turning as to how they'll personalize their Zs.

The Customized Proto takes the retro theme of the production car and runs with it. The front end features the biggest change with a split bumper. The narrow upper grille looks even more like that of the original 240Z, and some of the Autoblog staff find it to be an improvement over the production design. Down the sides, modest fender flares are added for extra visual width and to fit wider tires. Those tires are wrapped around wheels seemingly inspired by the famous RS Watanabe wheel design.

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Mitsuoka Orochi Modified By Liberty Walk Actually Looks Decent

Mitsuoka Orochi modified by Liberty Walk actually looks decent

The Mitsuoka Orochi is considered by many to be among the ugliest cars ever made. However, a newly customized example has cropped up courtesy of Liberty Walk, the tuning house that specializes in extreme widebody kits. And dare we say it, it doesn't look half bad.

If you're not familiar with Mitsuoka, they're kind of like the Mansory of Japan. They usually take an existing model from, say, Nissan, and add sheetmetal and customization of Mitsuoka's own design. Their flagship model, the Orochi, is a parts-bin car with bits from Honda, Mazda and Suzuki, powered by a 3.3-liter Toyota V6 and five-speed combo — the same one from a Solara — mid-mounted and driving the real wheels.

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2022 Toyota 4runner Trd Pro Interior Review | Showing Its Age

2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Interior Review | Showing its age

The 2022 Toyota 4Runner is an impressively old SUV at this point. While it's been lightly updated here and there, it's still part of the same generation that launched for the 2010 model year. That makes it over 10 years old. And as you would expect of such an SUV, the interior is feeling pretty old. The good news is that it's still put together well and has some of the perks of being an older design. But with how newer competition has improved their respective interiors, being good enough might not be good enough.

Seeing as there are good aspects of the 4Runner's interior, let's start there. One of the highlights of the cabin is that the controls are really simple and tactile. Climate is operated with enormous, chunky knobs that fit the theme of a rugged SUV, and volume and tuning get slightly smaller variants. Then you have basic buttons for fan controls, and the 8-inch infotainment system, which was brought up to current Toyota standards a couple years ago, is plain but responsive. And it gets useful physical shortcut keys.

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Toyota Grmn Yaris Revealed As Even Meaner Street And Rally Performer

Toyota GRMN Yaris revealed as even meaner street and rally performer

The Toyota Yaris took its first hardcore motorsports turn when it evolved into the rally-focused GR Yaris. At the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon, the GR Yaris has made its own hardcore motorsports evolution into the GRMN Yaris, a limited-edition scorcher that drivers can continue to evolve after the sale with help from Toyota. There will be just 500 units made for the Japanese market in one of three versions: Base, Circuit Package and Rally Package. All start with the base, which Gazoo Racing improved over the standard Yaris with 545 more spot welds and 12 more meters of adhesive to increase body rigidity. In addition to the carbon fiber roof that's already a feature of the GR Yaris, a carbon fiber hood saves even more weight. A leaner interior shorn of infotainment system and back seats, and fitted with new Recaro bucket seats, helps save 44 pounds on the Circuit Package, and 66 pounds on the Rally Package compared to the GR Yaris that's been available since 2020. Output from the 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine stands at 268 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque.

The Circuit Package has been honed for finished surfaces. This grade gets a lower front lip spoiler, carbon fiber rear spoiler, extended side skirts, adjustable Bilstein dampers and a set of BBS GRMN 18-inch wheels hiding bigger brakes. This package is 10 millimeters wider than the base car, and its height is 20 mm higher while ground clearance comes down by 10 mm, and slips on tires that are five millimeters narrower in front. A closer-ratio six-speed gearset uses a new lower final gear, and the cogs themselves are put through a new manufacturing process for improved torque and fatigue strength. The Torsen limited-slip differentials in front and back on the base and Rally Package are replaced by mechanical LSDs. Finally, this one can be had in a Metallic Steel hue that will be held to just 50 examples.

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See Honda Civic Type R Rip Around Suzuka Circuit In New Teaser

See Honda Civic Type R rip around Suzuka Circuit in new teaser

Honda is engaging in a rather drawn-out teaser campaign for the new Civic Type R, and this time we get to see a video of it romping around Suzuka Circuit in Japan.

You can watch the short, action-packed video above to see Honda putting the hatchback through its paces as it prepares for the car's reveal later this year. There isn't anything new to see on display since Honda still has it wrapped in a full outfit of camouflage, but just like the last couple times we've seen it, this custom camo is thin and revealing enough on its own.

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2022 Subaru Solterra Sti Concept Revealed, Not What You Expect

2022 Subaru Solterra STI concept revealed, not what you expect

Subaru wasted no time in giving the Solterra, its first series-produced electric car, the STI treatment. Part of it, anyways. It introduced a concept called Solterra STI at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon that features a sportier-looking exterior design and a stock drivetrain.

Displayed next to the Nürburgring-bound STI E-RA, the Solterra STI stands out with a body kit that includes a front splitter, rocker panel extensions on both sides, winglets on either side of the rear bumper and a roof-mounted spoiler. Many of these add-ons are painted cherry red to create a visual link between the Solterra STI and some of the other STI-badged cars that Subaru displayed in the Japanese capital.

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Subaru's Electric Sti E - Ra Concept Revealed, Intends To Set 'ring Record

Subaru's electric STI E-RA concept revealed, intends to set 'Ring record

Subaru traveled to the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon to unveil a new race car concept and to announce an ambitious goal. It built the electric STI E-RA design study with help from Yamaha to beat the time set by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS on Germany's grueling Nürburgring racetrack.

While the Japanese company didn't specifically single out the 911 GT2 RS, it said that its goal is to lap the circuit in under 400 seconds, which represents six minutes and 40 seconds; that's the exact time set by a Manthey-Racing-modified 911 GT2 RS in October 2018. Subaru hopes to achieve this by powering the STI E-RA with four in-wheel electric motors whose total output checks in at about 1,072 horsepower.

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