Featured Gazoo Supra?! Crazy report

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  1. FRS-Man

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    What a crazy report out of Autocar! You guys believe any of this??

    Toyota Supra to be launched under Gazoo performance brand

    Toyota will launch its 2018 Supra under the name of its newly launched road performance arm, Gazoo.

    The boss of Gazoo Racing, Koei Saga, told Autocar at the Monte Carlo Rally, where Toyota was fielding its new Yaris WRC cars, that producing such a halo hybrid model was a 'dream' of his. He also suggested that Gazoo’s road car team was already making use of the brand’s racing hybrid powertrain technology.

    Saga refrained from revealing what Gazoo’s range-topping model would be, but earlier inside information has suggested that the Supra was already planned to be launched under the Gazoo monker. Whether or not this will be as the Gazoo Supra or Toyota Supra Gazoo isn't yet known.

    Saga suggested that more hybrid Gazoo models were on the cards in the future by emphasising the importance of hybrid powertrains to his division. He cited Gazoo Racing’s hybrid motorsport models, which include its World Endurance Championship LMP1 racer and hybrid-V8 Prius that competes in Japan’s Super GT 300 class.

    The first production Gazoo model to be sold in Europe will be a hot version of the Yaris hatchback. Set to be revealed at the Geneva motor show in March, it is expected to have a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine that’ll produce more than 210bhp. The car will be available as a three-door only.

    Saga hinted that a plan to launch more roadgoing Gazoo models in Europe after this was already in place. When asked if he wanted a full range of Gazoo models to be produced for the market, he said “of course”.

    http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/toyota-supra-be-launched-under-gazoo-performance-brand
     
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    Nope.

    Maybe I missed a memo somewhere, but as far as I know Gazoo isn't a brand of Toyota Motor Sales in the sense that say Scion was. Nor is it really a newly launched performance arm... again, unless I missed something and there is some newly launched brand. Toyota has been selling GRMN modified cars in Japan for a few years at least, similar to how SVT has been a performance branch of Ford that modifies existing cars. I don't expect GRMN/Gazoo Racing to have a vehicle entirely under their umbrella. I would expect them to sell a modified Supra (in Japan) under the GRMN name, and I'd expect it to be very expensive (the GRMN 86 is $50k+).

    I vote extremely unlikely.
     
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    i don't like the sound of Gazoo Supra. Dodge tired it with the SRT Viper but than later changed it back to Dodge Viper.
     
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    Thought the people at the Toyota corp wanted a new Toyota Supra? I just don't see this happening.. Who knows..:dunno:
     
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    IMO, they should just stick to "Toyota Supra". And seeing how they just killed off Scion I don't think Toyota is going to start another new brand. Now Gazoo could be added to a high performance trim level like with the Mercedes C63 AMG.
     
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    Toyota has taken into consideration the impact that high end cars and performance divisions have on the status of automakers after a decade of absence.
    Like NISSAN and nismo, with cars ranging from the small Note to the ultimate GT-R, Toyota is aiming to do the same.
    Toyota's racing arm back in the 90's was TRD (Toyota Racing Development) and since 2015 Gazoo Racing is the united motorsports division with presence in WRC, WEC, Japanese GT Championship and other activities.
    Recently they presented the GRMN FR Sports Concept and are trying to enter in production models in the form of performance parts and accessories and even go a step further with cars coming out of the production line labeled GR-branded like AMG, M Division, nismo etc...
    We shall wait and see...
     
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    They've already sold several GRMN branded cars in Japan, but yeah I think your right about the future plans for Gazoo. The article seems a little misleading - "Toyota will launch its 2018 Supra under the name of its newly launched road performance arm, Gazoo." - sounds like they're saying that the Supra will be a Gazoo Supra, but what Gazoo is actually saying is that there will be a Toyota Supra GRMN. I can't see why the performance brand of Toyota wouldn't create a version of Toyota's performance car, so yeah, this should be expected. I don't know if we should expect it in the US though. TRD still has a strong hold over here thanks to trucks and Nascar. Maybe GRMN could become a thing though for the SFR, 86, and Supra.
     
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    Chances are we will see a Supra first and a Supra GR / GR Supra edition 1-3 years after the original one is out. Sort of like the GT-R Nismo edition.
     
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    https://www.motor1.com/news/178117/toyota-sports-car-series/

     
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    I would love to see a 500hp GRMN Supra :D
     
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    Reports in the Japanese media are talking about Gazoo Racing (GR) debuting a lightly tuned version of the Toyota Mark-X (Japanese market model).

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    They did that back in 2015 and it was pretty awesome. I sat in one when I was in Japan last year and loved it. Blows my mind that we don't get those here. 6-speed manual, ~300hp, nice looking RWD sedan; meanwhile the NA market is asking for a more aggressive looking Camry.

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    The Gazoo Supra huh....

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    Jk, jk. Pretty doubtful that it'll just be a GR Supra considering how aggressively Toyota is trying to reshape their brand image. Taking the one new legitimate sports car in development and then giving it a name that 99.9% of the world doesn't recognize seems like a bad move. The sporty Camry hasn't brought them that much success. (Btw, the new Camry XSE is freaking awesome, good job Toyota! :cool:)
     
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    They will charge us in the US up the A for the kit and kaboodle that thing will have if they come out with it for sure.
     
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    I'd rather see GRMN over TRD on a car like this, but I agree, we won't see that name here. Would be cool to see though as kind of a Cayman GT4 competitor package.
     

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