Toyota is about to launch the hottest production version of South Africa’s most beloved bakkie

The Toyota Hilux GR Sport – the hottest model in the Japanese automaker’s domestic production portfolio – has finally been priced.

Delayed by the closure of Toyota’s Propecton plant due to devastating flood damage in KwaZulu-Natal in April, the bakkie finally entered production after all assembly lines were at home. machine reopened last month. It will arrive in showrooms in the coming months.

The double cab version of the latest version of South Africa’s beloved bakkie – the Hilux GR-S 2.8 GD-6 4×4 – will cost R865,400. In terms of Toyota Hilux price, it sits between the 4×4 Legend automatic (R824 900) and the Legend 4×4 RS automatic (R868 800) at the top of the range. Along with the styling and handling upgrades typically offered on GR Sport (GR-S) models, the Toyota Hilux GR-S will also have more horsepower than the bakkie in standard form.

Its 2.8-liter turbocharged diesel engine will produce 15kW of additional power and 50Nm of additional torque on the 150kW/500Nm mill serving on the standard Hilux for a total power output of 165kW/550Nm.

According to Toyota, the power bump is possible thanks to “a special ECU tuning that communicates with the modified locking and mapping control of the six-speed automatic transmission.”

This improves the 0 to 100 km/h sprint time of 0.65 seconds, with an advertised top speed of 175 km/h.

Although the Hilux GR-S beats its formidable 157kW/500Nm twin-turbo Ford Ranger in terms of power, it still falls behind Mzansi’s most powerful production bakkie, the 190kW Amarok Volkswagen.

However, it will only dominate the Ranger for a moment, as the new Ranger and Amarok, which will be built on the same production lines at Ford’s Silverton assembly plant, will feature a 3.0-liter V6-derived engine 184 kW.

The ride quality of the Toyota Hilux GR-S is improved with a new single-tube shock absorber combined with stiffer coil springs for improved stability and handling response at high speeds.

Better off-road performance is also ensured thanks to bespoke 17-inch alloy wheels with taller 265/65 R17 rubber.

Exterior enhancements for the Toyota Hilux GR-S include a prominent black grille with Toyota lettering, while specially treated LED headlights along with vertically stacked air ducts and fog lights. Integrated LED blind.

The bumpers are based on the Raider model, not the Legend version, and feature wide black fenders, while the mirror caps, door handles, side steps and style bars are all black.

The Toyota Hilux GR-S is offered in Arizona Red, Graphite White, Attitude Black and Glacier White, while customers can also opt for GR decals to further enhance their rides. Standard specs are nearly identical to the Legend trim level, except for the JBL sound system and auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The cabin features a new dashboard with metal trim and red needles, a bespoke black leather steering wheel with red contrast stitching, aluminum pedals and race-inspired front seats with Alacantra inserts and badging. GR on the headrest.

Safety on Hilux GR Sport comes in the form of Toyota Safety Sense. It’s a full suite of active safety aids including adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and a pre-collision system along with ABS, VSC, EBD, hill descent control, a system brake assist and airbag.

The Toyota Hilux GR Sport model comes with a nine-times/90,000 km service package and a three-year/100,000 km warranty.

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