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February 14, 2012

TOYOTA REALLY tested the loyalties of its enthusiasts. To be fair, this has a bumper year for the country’s marque thanks to a revitalised and fun new whips such as the FJ Cruiser. But really been missing and for far too is a proper city racer. was the tweaked hatch to take on the new of its old urban stomping grounds as the OPCs, RSs and GTIs? When a new combatant rise from the of RSIs and TRDs of the past? Toyota South Africa heeded the call and endowed the bog Auris Sport X with the Racing Development stamp of and a centrifugal supercharger. The changes are Some are good, others not good enough.

Ho-bloody-hum. a bog standard Auris Sport X on the with just three differentiators. A tiny TRD badge below the Auris badge on the a dark window tint has applied to the greenhouse and finally, the is hunkered down thanks to a suspension upgrade. The rest of it is typical Auris right to those undersized alloy It’s somewhat disappointing, but to be TRD is not a standalone division such as M or even Mercedes-Benz’s AMG, a mild tuning and accessories arm for the company, acting as an extended list when speccing vehicle to your personal The standard white paint great though on a bodyshell dated well since its SA five years ago. said that, 18-inch and a more aggressive air dam treatment or a clue on the bonnet alluding to newly aspirated four pot would have done as would a deeper wing.

Oh dear, if you thought the exterior was wait until you climb The cabin is untouched from the Sport X with not so much as a TRD badge or sticker in sight. you do get is a neat Japanese interior is built to last, and features a of modern conveniences such as air and USB/MP3 connectivity with a steering wheel featuring for multimedia and Bluetooth sync.

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At last! Toyota have the call and blown their Auris engine to the tune of and 203Nm. It’s all been in-house at their Durban with aninitial run of 200 units. is one of the first units to roll off the line.My first time out in it a bit like this. Flatten the floor the throttle, punch it first gear, drop the and go! ‘Uh, oh.’ There was no towards the horizon, nor being out of a shotgun. Just a laboured to a premature redline of 6 400rpm and no amount of snap shifting save it from a puffy of rev limiter. I pulled over popped the bonnet and confirmed there was indeed a supercharger the hood. Now, it’s not all bad so let’s unpack what happened. This car had done 300km when I collected it, and under 1 000km when I it. That’s still a very wound engine, one that favours coastal conditions the air is a lot easier to breathe. It’s (improved VVT-I) system best beyond 5 000rpm, at point it gets a second but in this supercharged iteration, has the of spinning up with the added of a supercharger’s belt in tow. still is a notable increase in and effervescence as we close in on that spot. Problem. The original red line of 6 400 has been So you spend far too much time for the power to come on song, and when it does you hit a cushiony rev necessitating a gear change more which will you out of that narrow usable band. Bugger. And the noise! Why there any? The original pipeworks has been left so no aural pleasures here I’m It sprints to 100kph in 8.7 seconds, around a second off the pace

of a proper hot hatch.

There are other issues. as the fact that the donor car benefited from (or needed) control, and none has since fitted to this car. the standard brakes remain. at five in the morning questing the Cradle of Mankind along something good happened. The crisp air and quiet roads twisty cambers somehow both car and driver and there it was at a crisp engine note a hint ofinduction rasp to it. The suspension that felt in the city, was here on these and circles endowed with grip, if still very to understeer. The car was breathing easier and that infernal redline got easier and quicker to nail time. Approach a remote circle in fourth gear and into the standard stoppers and scrub off enough speed to second gear from the six-speed transmission. It’s a transition between cogs. wide then pitch it to trace an arc that kisses the radius then pour on the and let the predictable flow of understeer you wide to exit cleanly the left lane. It’s as as a pancake and some protestation the tyres is the only sign the car misses electronic restraint on front wheels. Do this too times, however, and when you come to a stop you’ll do so plumes of smoke from the discs. Not an ideal situation,

Toyota South Africa the TRD badge to work. They do, I’ve seen their and optimism and I’m afraid public to this TRD will mostly their spirits. It shouldn’t if they consider this car as a bed for ongoing TRD projects. Once the car has through some more and development it could be a proper fighter, especially at the coast. As as a model with more on its odometer is availed in the Cape we do our testing traditionally, we’ll be to revaluate it alongside some of its such as the VW Polo GTI.

Don’t be disheartened, though, Toyota hot hatch enthusiast, you for cut and thrust but you got copy and paste. said that, this car is a brake, exhaust and engine upgrade away from And for heaven’s sake Toyota SA, in a pair of signature alloys and two or three more TRD badges. its biggest rival might come from its own stable as the new ‘86’ (Hachi Roku) car is set to hit South Africa in 2012, a car challenges hot hatches in totality


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