After unveiling a Copen GR Sport earlier this week, Toyota’s in-house performance division Gazoo Racing is now introducing a spiced-up C-HR. As of now, the GR treatment will be applied to C-HR crossovers in JDM models only.
Earlier this year Toyota announced that it will offer performance version of each of its core models even including some of the hybrids. Tweaked by Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division, the models form a three-tier system based on the amount of upgrades implemented, with the base ones carrying the “GR Sport” moniker, followed by the midlevel “GR” and the flagship “GRMN” series.
Toyota, which is generally known for simple and to-the-purpose cars, wants to drastically change its image and consumer perception with an upcoming range of exciting performance vehicles. The C-HR GR Sport has received a few mechanical revisions such as a new center brace developed to boost body rigidity, while Gazoo Racing’s engineers have tweaked the suspension by making changes to the coil springs, shock absorbers and stabilizers, along with modifying the steering for a more direct response.
In terms of exterior the C-HR GR Sport wears large 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/45 R19 as well as a sportier body kit with a new front bumper housing a giant lower grille. The fog light bezel has a different look and sits lower on the bumper compared to the layout of the regular C-HR. A quad-exhaust system and a cluster of emblems at the front, side, and back complete the look.
Inside the Toyota C-HR GR Sport has been equipped with a slightly smaller steering wheel covered in leather with silver stitching and adorning the “GR” branding. It also gets body-hugging front seats, aluminum pedals, a metallic dark silver trim, and a GR-branded engine start/stop button.