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2023 Toyota Hilux GR Sport 2

Hilux gets the GR treatment

Not satisfied with registering its seventh straight year as Australia’s top-selling vehicle, Toyota has unveiled the latest, and most powerful, version of its Hilux ute.

The Hilux GR Sport is the latest Toyota to get the Gazoo Racing treatment, joining the Land Cruiser 300, Yaris Cross, CH-R, Supra and 86.

Available exclusively in dual cab format, the new Hilux GR Sport uses an upgraded version of the standard 2.8-litre turbo diesel, with turbo and supercharging and fuel injection lifting power from 150 to 165kW and torque from 500 to 550Nm, making it the most powerful diesel Hilux ever offered by Toyota in Australia.

The GR Sport builds on Gazoo Racing’s Dakar rallying experience, with a wider track, greater approach angle, higher ground clearance, re-tuned suspension and bigger disc brakes.

There was input from Toyota Australia engineering which is recognised as a global centre of excellence for Toyota 4WD vehicles.

Combined with sportier tuning for the automatic transmission and an expanded lock-up tub, Hilux GR Sport provides added confidence for accelerating and overtaking in all conditions, enhanced by optimal control through paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

The wider stance gives it a strong, stable and muscular image with prominent satin-black fenders flares that integrate seamlessly with the bumper.

A strong upright grille with GR mesh maximises the cooling area while exterior body parts have been sculpted in the wind tunnel for aerodynamic efficiency.

Hilux GR Sport rides on 17-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tyres while its off-road credentials are further reinforced by the addition of a skid plate, rock rails and red rear recovery points.

Inside, the monochromatic black theme is set off with bright sports pedals and red seatbelts.

There’s GR branding all round, including on the steering wheel, headrests, red brake callipers, exterior badges – and even embossed into the tub-liner.

Having whetted the appetite of those looking to buy a Hilux GR Sport, they may have a wait in front of them, with deliveries not expected until the second-half of 2023.

Then again, in these time of stock shortages, that’s not unexpected.

Hilux GR Sport will be priced from $73,990 plus on-road costs.


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