HLexus could not be absent from an event like the Tokyo Auto Salon and it is not, announcing its presence with an original and powerful version of the latest LBX which adopts the racing moniker of the recently departed head of the group, Akio Toyoda, known motor sports enthusiast, who oversaw the development of this particular prototype.
The LBX Morizo RR borrows the 1.6-litre three-cylinder engine that powers the production version of the new GR Yaris which also makes an appearance at the Japanese event as a production version, but in an upgraded, even more powerful variant with 304bhp and 400Nm of torque . As in the GR Yaris, power is transmitted to all four wheels with the help of the new Direct Shift eight-speed automatic transmission that also premiered in Toyota’s hot-hatch.
In addition to the engine of the otherwise – as a production version – exclusively hybrid LBX, the Japanese engineers have taken care to convey the extra power visually as well with the model in question featuring a sharper bodykit that increases the overall width of the model by 2 .0 cm due to the wider track and the fitment of larger 19-inch wheels.
Behind them is a stronger braking system and a different suspension geometry, both in terms of the McPherson struts of the front axle and the multi-link arrangement of the rear, which supports the high-performance aspirations of the model and reduces the distance from the ground. by 1.0 cm.
Aesthetically, the LBX Morizo RR features redesigned bumpers, side sections and adds a new wing. Unique to this version is the Sonic Chrome shade, creating an ideal contrast with the yellow details that Lexus chose for strategic details.
At the moment there are no commitments from the Lexus side for the production of this prototype. After all, electrification will be the focus of the brand’s future performance applications, with the Lexus Electrified Sport Concept already giving an indication of how the luxury arm of the Toyota group imagines the future of performance.