A GR study of the 2023 Toyota 2000GT Concept is warranted.

The 2000GT is such an iconic car that we changed it. What makes this better is that it will get the GR treatment.

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If there’s one car that Toyota needs to drag out of its grave, it’s the 2000GT. Ever since Toyota revised the Supra, the Japanese brand has left people with mixed emotions.

The MkV Supra has become the talk of the town as it is not what every Japanese car enthusiast imagined. Everyone thought it would have an updated version of the 2JZ engine, or maybe an even more powerful engine. Alas, a lot of people disagree with the Supra’s latest design and overall construction.

However, this 2000GT could be Toyota’s redemption story, helping them learn from their shortcomings and give the people what they really want.

This revived 2023 2000GT checks all the right boxes to deliver everything that made the original so special, while improving on areas that were lacking. Since we’re trying to imagine the new 2000GT, what better way to modernize it than to have it developed by the guys at Gazoo Racing.

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Digital artist, Rotislav Prokop has recreated the Toyota 2000GT in this exclusive Hotcars rendering. While it may look more like the A90 Supra, you’ll notice some refined lines on the rendered model that retain the spirit of the Toyota 2000GT ’67.

Modernization of Toyota 2000GT Sports CarToyota 2000GT render, front view

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One notable feature from this render is that Prokop has replaced the pop-up headlights with modern LED headlights. It shares similarities with the projector headlights of the A90 Supra, but this rendering wants to leave a slight resemblance to the shape of the front end of the old 2000GT. The artist designed the headlights to appear slightly hidden, similar to how pop-up headlights work.

Luckily, he kept the bumper headlights in place and changed the round headlights to square ones with an air intake in the middle. He completely redesigned the front bumper to match the design of today’s sports cars. One can also notice the protruding hood design, piquing your interest about the engine under the hood.

And if we look at the rear of the car, you will finally see the original lines of the Toyota 2000GT. The rear of the car is similar to the old 2000GT, such as the taillights and the center exhaust position. On top of that, Prokrop added a mini diffuser to the underside of the bumper to improve aerodynamics and to confirm that this is a true Toyota sports car.

Let Gazoo Racing take the lead Toyota 2000GT Rendering Toyota 2000GT 2023, rear view

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Who better to lead the new Toyota 2000GT edition than Gazoo Racing. GR is responsible for creating some of the best cars that we all love like the GR Yaris and GR Corolla. Specifically, the Yaris became one of the best cars in GR’s lineup when it won the Hybrid World Rally Championship. 2022 is Toyota’s sixth year at the top of the WRC manufacturers’ standings, the third time since their return in 2017.

Besides the WRC winning Yaris, they are also the ones behind the GR Supra. Toyota made the right move by letting GR improve the Supra to become an even better sports car because not too many Supra fans agree with the recent collaboration between Toyota and BMW. If Toyota were to recreate the new 2000GT, GR would certainly be the perfect team to create a GR variant.

Since this is still the idea we have for the famous 2000GT, there’s no telling what engine Toyota will use, unless they want the same 150 horsepower 2-liter inline-6 as the Old 2000GT. These days, 150 horsepower is never enough for a sports car, especially if you want to appreciate the 2023 Toyota 2000GT.

We imagine the car will have the same turbocharged B58 inline six-cylinder engine as the GR Supra, along with some minor upgrades to push it above 250 horsepower. And while we’re at it, we might even see the 2023 2000GT get an EV sibling. This is what we expect given Toyota’s future plans to launch 30 electric vehicles by 2030 and some of them will include sports cars.

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Remember that Toyota’s GR team is still new and they only have a select number of sports cars and performance trims for standard cars like the Toyota Yaris. GR could finally pull Toyota into the sports car scene if they continue to bring back the cars that have established their names in motorsport history.

We’ve seen the GR Supra in action and it’s yet to impress Toyota enthusiasts. They could advertise the 2023 2000GT as a limited edition sports car, like its predecessor of which only 351 were produced.

However, Toyota needs to listen to the majority and write down everything consumers want in the all-new 2000GT. Toyota and the GR team should have thought everything through before adding even the smallest details to the car’s construction.

From engine specs to trim levels, the end result could be enough for Toyota to compete against other car brands like Nissan. Who knows? We may even witness fierce competition between Toyota and Nissan for good old times sake. Only this time, everyone will be watching to see who will create the best sports car between the two.

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