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GR-Sport details divulged

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Toyota South Africa has divulged some more details about its flagship Hilux GR-Sport model (as well as the soon-to-be-launched Legend 50 range), including proposed pricing for and suspension upgrades on the GR-Sport.

Only 535 units of the GR-Sport double-cab, based on the Hilux 2,8 GD-6 4×4 6AT derivative with 2,8-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine delivering 130 kW and 450 Nm of torque to all four wheels, have been earmarked for South Africa. Priced at R707,400, nearly R70,000 more than its standard benefactor, it is the first Hilux sold for more than R700k.

The GR-Sport, engineered by Gazoo Racing, features a tuned suspension delivering better handling and control, while apparently sacrificing none of its comfort or safety – and in this sense it seemingly will be Toyota’s answer to the recently released Ford Ranger Raptor.

According to Toyota the double-wishbone front and leaf spring rear suspension of the GR-Sport has been uprated “for improved high-speed handling on tar and gravel surfaces” while sturdier shock absorbers ensures “increased damping”. The front springs are also stiffer than standard, resulting in a sportier ride “and sharper turning response” without compromising ride quality.

Meanwhile, details and pricing for the highly anticipated Legend 50 models have been revealed. A total of 13 derivatives – in 4×2 and 4×4, and single-, Xtra- and double-cab body types – will be offered with model-specific accessories.

The majority will be available with the 2,8-litre turbodiesel engine, coupled to either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto transmission, while only one 4,0-litre V6 petrol model, priced at R712,100 (making it slightly more expensive than the GR-Sport) will be offered. Prices for the rest of the Legend 50 derivatives will vary from R472,000 to R668,800.

Text: Paul van Gass | Images: Supplied

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