A supercharged version of the Toyota iQ named the GRMN has been officially presented at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon.
According to the car manufacturer, the Toyota iQ GRMN (Gazoo Racing tuned by MN) supercharged is actually a prototype which has seen daylight for the first time at last year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, but the vehicle has also been brought at the 2012 edition of the Japanese automotive event. The Toyota iQ GRMN supercharged is actually coming with a few tweaks compared to the previous version and the most noticeable is the weight loss.
The Toyota iQ GRMN supercharged is still powered by the same 1.33 liter engine as the previous model, but the unit is now developing a total output of 128 horsepower and it has a peak torque of 180 Nm (133 lb-ft). This might not be considered a huge gain, compared to the previous figures of 119 HP and 158 Nm (117 lb-ft) of torque, but the model has lost noticeable weight and it now has just 990 kg (2.183 lbs). The engine is mated to a six-speed close ratio transmission and the model is also coming with a sport exhaust system, a tuned suspension and bigger brakes. 100 units of the Toyota iQ GRMN supercharged will be made, and the production will start in late 2012.