All ye boy-racers take note! In conjunction with the first-ever Vios Challenge that was held in Malaysia this month (August 12 & 13 at Batu Kawan, Penang), UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT) has prepared a special edition of the Toyota Vios. The special edition, called the Toyota Vios Sports Edition, will be available only for a limited period of time while stocks last and is priced at RM85,300 (without insurance). Unlike the racing cars which cannot be registered for road use, the Vios Sports Edition is completely street-legal.
However, rather than just a special edition with additional cosmetic accessories, like a lot of Vios owners tend to do, the official Vios Sports Edition comes with upgraded suspension components to give sharpen its handling. The Sports Suspension Kit that replaces the standard shock absorbers and coil springs is specially tuned to provide better stability during cornering without sacrificing ride comfort.
The suspension has been adjusted so the ride height of the car is lower by up to 27mm compared to the ride height of the standard Vios. A lower ride height brings the car’s centre of gravity lower to the road so that there will be less body roll during cornering. This will enhance stability and also give the driver more confidence.
The external appearance of the Vios Spots Edition has been inspired by the specially-prepared racing cars that will be used by all the participants in the Vios Challenge. Bold stripes with the same dynamic theme as those on the racing cars cover about 40% of the bodywork, enhancing the sporty image of the car.
Transforming the Vios into a more aggressive-looking street machine is a 5-part Aerokit custom-designed for the model. This aerokit consists of a more expressive front bumper, side skirts and a distinctive rear wing spoiler on the boot. The aerokit improves the aerodynamic performance of the car, reducing turbulence that causes drag. The lower front bumper airdam and side skirts also reduce the amount of air flowing underneath the car, helping to enhance stability at higher speeds.
At the rear, the large wing spoiler influences the airflow so that downforce is generated. This improves stability at the rear end of the car for better handling and grip at high speeds.
The Vios Sports Edition also comes with exclusive alloy rims that are finished in black. The darker colour of the wheels gives a nice contrast with the white body colour, adding to the sporty image of this special edition.
The sporty image is also evident inside the car with an exclusive sports design on the fabric seats. The Sports Edition emblem is also used for the exclusive carpet mats. Besides a sports gear knob, the door sills are fitted with illuminated scuff plates with amber illumination provide protection to the bodywork while complementing the sporty image. Amber illumination is also provided in the front footwells to enhance the sporty feeling while also offering better visibility of the area.
The engine specifications of the Vios Sports Edition are similar to those of other Vios models with a proven 1.5-litre Dual VVT-i engine and CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). It also comes with a full package of safety features that include ABS, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist.
Customers purchasing the Vios Sports Edition will also receive complimentary Sports Edition merchandise which consists of Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) polo shirt and cap that can be customised with their name, and a Sports Edition tumbler.
As with other Toyota models distributed by UMWT, the Vios Sports Edition can also be ordered with additional optional accessories. These include a Panoramic View Monitor for visibility all around the car during parking; and Digital Video Recorder which records video of the road ahead.
Customers can also upgrade their infotainment unit with two optional systems. The DVD-AVN system has a DVD player with 7-inch capacitive touchscreen, smartphone connectivity, Wi-Fi, internet browser, voice recognition capability, HDMI and USB ports, Bluetooth, Navigation and a reverse camera.
There are also the alternatives DVD-AVN system which has a 7-inch touchscreen or DVD-AVX system which has a 6.8-inch touchscreen, radio tuner, MP3 file compatibility, voice recognition capability, AUX and USB ports, Bluetooth and a reverse camera.
For added comfort and security, customers can also opt for Toyota Premium Security & Solar Film which not only reduces heat inside the cabin but also strengthens the glass around the car so that it will not shatter. Those who require only tinting can order Toyota Essential Solar Film which will prevent strong sunlight from entering the cabin. As with all tinting films offered by UMWT, the tinting level meets JPJ regulations and there is full compatibility with SmartTag units
All accessories, including those for specially for the Vios Sports Edition are manufactured to the same high quality standards as the rest of the car. They are installed at UMWT’s own Accessories Centre by trained personnel and are covered by a warranty (terms and conditions apply).
As with other Toyota models distributed by UMW Toyota Motor, the Vios Sports Edition also comes with a 5-year warranty with unlimited mileage (terms and condition apply).