According to Toyota, it encompasses a host of unique design and dynamic features to differentiate it from its stablemates and position the Hilux GR-S as the hero model of the range.
This is in line with Toyota South Africa's GR product roll-out, which comprises four levels: GR Parts (currently under investigation for SA) which allows customers to inject their normal model variant with GR flavour, the GR-Sport moniker, which offers cosmetic and dynamic handling enhancements (Corolla Cross, Hilux, Land Cruiser 300), fully-fledged GR performance models (GR86, GR Yaris, GR Supra) and GRMN, which represents the highest level of performance tuning.
The Hilux GR-S wears a unique suit, with the designers penning the design around the concepts of toughness and sportiness. Bumpers are based on the Raider model design (rather than the Legend variants) and most notably include wider black overfenders with contrasting inserts. Black mirror caps, black door handles, graphite-coloured side steps and a rear styling bar with GR branding create a sporty contrast.
Design changes to the interior include a new instrument cluster, a bespoke, perforated leather-trim steering wheel with red contrast stitching and GR badging, sporty aluminium pedals and branding that has been applied to the Push Start button and centre console.
The wheel and tyre package features bespoke 17" alloy wheels in a Titanium finish.
Power output has been increased to 165 kW (+15) and torque ramped up by 50 Nm to a peak of 550 Nm. Top speed is quoted as 175 km/h.
Only one drivetrain configuration is offered in the form of a 4x4 transaxle mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Auto LSD function.
Standard specification remains comprehensive with the model closely aligned to Legend-grade specification. A new feature is the panoramic view monitor, which provides surround camera as well as a bird’s-eye view of the vehicle surroundings.
To be the hero behind the Hilux GR-S steering wheel will set you back R865 400.