Toyota Launches GR Performance Lineup, Including Prius Prime PHV…Seriously

3 months ago by Mark Kane 9

Toyota has launched the GR performance edition of its cars in Japan; which normally would be of little interest to us other than…the Prius Prime/PHV is included.

Seriously,  the plug-in Prius.

Toyota GR Series

The GR series is designed for those who would like the most sporty driving of each model, which is a bit of an oxymoron right there when you include the Prius moniker.

“Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces the launch of the new “GR” sports car series.

The “G Sports (G’s)” sports conversion car series has until now served as a key component in initiatives to fuel excitement around sports car culture in Japan. Now, TMC has revolutionized the G’s series by transforming it into the GR series. TMC’s aim is to bolster initiatives to foster a culture of enjoying cars through the driving experience. Plans call for TMC to further enhance the vehicle lineup in the future and have on offer a variety of parts.”

Initially the offer is available only in Japan, but Toyota plans to deploy the GR series outside of Japan as well gradually.

There will be three performance categories of GR:

  • top-level “GRMN”
  • mid-range “GR”
  • entry-level “GR SPORT”

The Toyota Prius PHV GR SPORT falls specifically into the entry-level “GR SPORT” category with limited modifications like special tuning suspension, brace addition, special tachometer (with GR logo), shift knob (Smoke black trim), aluminum pedals, small diameter steering wheel.

Basically, its a skirt kit with some bonus interior trim items.

In Japan price of the base Prius PHV GR SPORT starts at 3,711,960 JPY (including consumption tax), which is around $33,000.

Toyota Prius PHV GR SPORT

Toyota Prius PHV GR SPORT

Common features of the GR family:

Toyota Prius PHV GR SPORT

Design

  • Demonstrating the ability to bring out maximum “competitive performance” in motor sports
Exterior
  • Grid-style “Functional MATRIX” grille (Vitz, Prius PHV, Aqua) steadfastly pursues fulfilled performance
  • White paint + brake calipers with the GR logo (excluding Vitz GR SPORT)
  • Special emblem (for all cars on the front, rear, and sides)
Interior
  • Special seats with side supports that securely bolster the driver and passengers (with GR logo)
  • Unique touches and silver stitching on the door trim and front seats that create a sporty feel
  • GR exclusive start switch

The Toyota Prius PHV GR SPORT details:

GR SPORT
Base Grade S “Navi Package” S
Vehicle Registration Method On-site registration at a local Land Transport Branch Office
Body Color White Pearl Crystal Shine (manufacturer option), Silver Metallic, Gray Metallic, Attitude Black Mica, Emotional Red (manufacturer option), Thermo-tect Lime Green (manufacturer option), Spirited Aqua Metallic
Main Equipment
  • Special tuning suspension
  • Brace addition
  • Special tachometer (with GR logo)
  • Shift knob (Smoke black trim)
  • Aluminum pedals
  • Small diameter steering wheel
Sales Stores Toyota stores, Toyopet stores, Toyota Corolla stores, and Netz stores in Japan
 
See details (in Japanese) here.

Toyota Prius PHV GR SPORT

Toyota Prius PHV GR SPORT

More from Toyota press release:

Toyota Prius PHV GR SPORT

“Toward making “ever-better cars,” GAZOO Racing, established as a company within TMC, refines its cars and trains its personnel through motor sports activities such as the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race in Germany and the All-Japan Rally Championship. The new GR series was developed using the knowledge and know-how acquired by motor sports activites, and representing the lineup in Japan are the top-level “GRMN”, the mid-range “GR”, and the entry-level “GR SPORT”. As a limited release, the GRMN features a tuned engine, while the mass produced GR possesses the essence of GRMN. The GR SPORT is also available in minivans and offers drivers the chance to enjoy a casual sports car driving experience. In addition, aftermarket “GR PARTS” are provided so ordinary drivers can take pleasure in customizing their own cars.

As the initial GR series rolls out, the GR and GR SPORT will be available for the Vitz and the GR SPORT will be offered for the Prius PHV, Harrier, Mark X, Voxy, and Noah on September 19 at Toyota dealerships*1 nationwide in Japan. Moreover, the Vitz GRMN, 86 GR, Aqua GR Sport, and Prius α GR SPORT models will be added to the lineup at a later time. The Vitz GRMN is scheduled for release in the spring of 2018 while the 86 GR, Aqua GR Sport, and Prius α GR SPORT models are slated to go to market this winter.

Toyota Prius PHV GR SPORT

Additionally, in concert with the GR series launch, TMC will open a series of “GR Garage” shops as regional bases for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing with the aim of bringing the joy of automobiles to a wider range of customers focusing on sports cars and motor sports. Current “AREA 86” shops deployed nationwide across Japan will be rebranded as GR Garage shops with dedicated staff (GR Consultants) once certain criteria have been met at designated locations. All AREA 86 shops will be closed by March 2018, and 39 GR Garage shops are scheduled to open within fiscal year 2017.

Guided by the concept of “the most exciting car shop in town,” the GR Garage will help cultivate an enthusiastic car culture through its commitment to achieving three primary objectives: the creation of a shop that car fans want to visit again and again, the development of staff (human resources) loved by car fans, and providing access to driving experiences that leave car fans wanting more.

*1Vitz: Netz stores; Harrier Toyopet stores; Mark X: Toyopet stores and Tokyo Toyota stores; Voxy: Netz stores; Noah: Toyota Corolla stores; Prius PHV, Prius α, 86, and Aqua: Toyota stores, Toyopet stores, Toyota Corolla stores, Netz stores”

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices
(Separate pricing in Hokkaido and Okinawa)
Seating
(occupants)
Engine Driveline Powertrain Price*
(including consumption tax)
– JPY
Vitz GR SPORT “GR” 5 1NZ-FE
(1.5-liter)
Front-wheel
drive
5MT 2,303,640
Super CVT-i 2,303,640
GR SPORT 5MT 2,087,640
Super CVT-i 2,087,640
1NZ-FXE
(1.5-liter)
THS II 2,329,560
Prius PHV S “GR SPORT” 4 2ZR-FXE
(1.8-liter)
Front-wheel
drive
THS II 3,711,960
S “Navi Package /
GR SPORT”
4,116,960
Harrier ELEGANCE
“GR SPORT”
5 3ZR-FAE
(2.0-liter)
Front-wheel
drive
Super CVT-i 3,398,760
Four-wheel
drive
3,593,160
8AR-FTS
(2.0-liter direct injection turbo)
Four-wheel
drive
6 Super ECT 3,996,000
Mark X 350RDS
“GR SPORT”
5 2GR-FSE
(3.5-liter)
Rear-wheel
drive
6 Super ECT 4,428,000
250S
“GR SPORT”
4GR-FSE
(2.5-liter)
3,809,160
Voxy ZS “GR SPORT” 7 3ZR-FAE
(2.0-liter)
Front-wheel
drive
Super CVT-i 3,257,280
Noah Si “GR SPORT” 7 3ZR-FAE
(2.0-liter)
Front-wheel
drive
Super CVT-i 3,257,280
Super CVT-i
Super Continuously Variable Transmission-intelligent
6 Super ECT
Super Intelligent 6-speed Electronically Controlled Transmission (automatic)

*Prices do not include recycling fees.

Hat tip to Brian R!

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9 responses to "Toyota Launches GR Performance Lineup, Including Prius Prime PHV…Seriously"

  1. EVShopper says:

    The view from the front is not bad, butt then you see the back view. It’s horrid. Too bad it’s mostly cosmetic and they didn’t up the electric motor and performance too.

    1. Tom says:

      I had to double take that rear shot. Looks like it’s been hit.

  2. Bul_gar says:

    Prius will be more sporty if the put the electric motor on rear wheels and make it AWD.

  3. Bacardi says:

    I don’t see how you could drive this thing without aluminum pedals…

    1. MikeM says:

      Really?

      It’s the silver stitching on the door trim that does it for me.

      Really brings out my maximum “competitive performance”.

      Where can I get one? Oh, wait. It burns gas?

  4. John says:

    I didn’t think it was possible to make this car more ugly. Proven wrong again…

  5. ModernMarvelFan says:

    GR version? So, you are paying $4K for extra logo and some trim pieces..

    How about a giant spoiler in the back to drag that 54mpg down to 42mpg?

  6. HVACman says:

    A tachometer – complete with red-line- on a Prius Prime drive-train! Is this the fall-version of an April Fools article? LOL!

  7. Wayne says:

    I waited from Jan to Aug for the Prius Prime to go on sale. They started selling in Quebec just 10k from my home but would not sell to Ontario residents. Good luck getting a GR SPORT. I bought the Ford c-Max which has loads of power. 1550k to a tank of gas because it’s a PHEV. You buy a PHEV for economy not Jack rabbit starts and the Tokyo drift.

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