Monday, 10 November 2008

Toyota Aygo Crazy

The Toyota Aygo is a sensible proposition if you want a cheap city runabout and you're not really interested in driving as recreation - if internal combustion is a mere means to mobility for you, you're happy to be in a cheap little box that's easy to park and delivers 60+mpg.
The Aygo shares its platform with the Peugeot 107 and Citroen C1, so the economies of scale are there to be exploited. It has no non-essential clutter, it costs about seven grand and it's not going to get nicked.

However, Toyota are cheeky little scamps. They love to show us that they have a sense of fun. Behold, then, the Aygo Crazy. Look past the agonising pun and you'll find a beefed-up Aygo with wide arches, a chunky rear spoiler and some bizarre sixth-form-project sprayed-on graphics. What's going on here, exactly...?

Well, the modifications go way beyond skin-deep. The (presumably rather baffled) Toyota boffins hauled out the puny little engine and replaced it with the 1.8 VVT-i unit from the Celica. And for good measure, they turbocharged it. Oh, and they mounted it in the middle of the car.

Furthermore, the Crazy has monster carbon Brembo brakes, significantly widened track and a stripped out interior with a very serious-looking rollcage. Everything considered frivolous - power steering, ESP, even the brake servo - has been torn out, leaving the little brute weighing in at a mere tonne.

What's the point of it? Well, it's just a bit of fun really. They've only made one, and that's just to show that they can.
And why the hell not?

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