The GR-themed exterior includes black highlights, special alloys and ‘GR’ badging

Toyota is set to introduce a tricked out flagship model to its popular Hilux pick-up range in the form of the GR Sport.

Inspired by the success enjoyed by the Japanese company at the Dakar Rally – widely considered to be the world’s toughest race – the GR Sport is described as the “pinnacle” of the Hilux line-up.

Specific to the GR Sport is the suspension, which is said to “deliver an even more rewarding driving experience” by “increasing control, responsiveness and grip feel”.

At the heart of the set-up are new monotube shock absorbers that promise superior damping performance over rough surfaces and stiffer front coil springs. Both components are painted red – the colour synonymous with Gazoo Racing (GR).

On top of improving the driving experience, Toyota says general comfort levels have taken a step forward thanks to “increased damping capability to control body movement and eliminate shock”.

The Hilux GR Sport is marked out by numerous exterior features, including a black front grille with ‘G-pattern’ mesh and a central horizontal bar with Toyota emblazoned across it. The 17-inch contrast alloy wheels are fitted with all-terrain tyres, with the black theme on the rims repeated on the door mirror caps, side steps, and tailgate handle.

The dash is marked out by carbon fibre inserts and a red decorative line that runs across it

GR-branded front sports seats finished in black leather and synthetic suede are found on the inside alongside GR Sport logos on the seatbacks, carpet mats, starter button and driver display animation graphic.

Paddle controls behind the steering wheel that allow for manual gear shifts, aluminium sports pedals, carbon fibre-style trim inserts and blue ambient lighting are also exclusive to the latest pick-up.

Standard equipment includes LED headlights, keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone air conditioning, Downhill Assist Control and an automatic limited-slip differential.

Unchanged is the 2.8-litre, four-cylinder turbo diesel engine that powers the Hilux GR Sport. As with the rest of the range, the 201bhp oil burner develops 369lb ft of torque and is paired to a 6-speed automatic gearbox that sends power to one or both axles. 

Sold exclusively as a double cab, the latest Hilux continues to enjoy a one-tonne payload like many of its key rivals, and is capable of towing a 3.5-tonne braked trailer.

Toyota has yet to confirm whether or not the motorsport-themed model will make its way to the UK market, although it could be tempted to do so given the success of special editions such as Ford’s Ranger Thunder.

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