The Toyota iQ is far from a track-ready sports car. As a matter of fact, the mere thought of seeing a car like the iQ on track conjures up images of turtles participating in a quarter-mile race. But even if the iQ isn’t what you’d associate as a rocket-on-wheels, it doesn’t mean that it can’t look the part of one. That’s where the Toyota iQ City Racer comes in.

Limited only to a little over 300 units while being exclusively marketed in France, the iQ City Racer is being introduced as a sexier and far more aesthetically pleasing dress-up on the iQ. It’s got numerous color options to choose from - Orange Tabasco, Red, Pearl White, or Gray Aluminum - and can also get dressed up with two current black bands on the hood and the roof. There are also new mirror covers, some faux carbon elements on the flanks, a rear apron with a black chrome exhaust, dark tinted windows, and a new set of 16" black alloy wheels.

Output on the Toyota iQ City Car’s 1.33-liter Dual VVT-i petrol engine remains at 98 horsepower, which was expected considering that the whole point of the iQ City Racer was to make the car look more like a sporty racer, but not necessarily perform like one.

As it stands, Toyota has priced the car at €19,950, which is around $26,000 based on current exchange rates. It’s a pretty steep price for a car that only comes with aesthetic improvements, but hey, some people will love its new looks, even if they won’t get any performance enhancements.

  • 2012 Toyota iQ City Racer
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    Dual VVT-i engine
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    1300 L
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  (473) posted on 02.9.2012

Hehe... I like the rugged yet cute appeal of this vehicle. I can’t hardly imagine that people would fit into this vehicle.

  (595) posted on 01.24.2012

This vehicle looks so cute for me. I don’t see it as a race car! I think it’s suitable for road trips and city rides. I want to have this one my garage!

  (798) posted on 01.4.2012

This iQ City Racer is indeed a piece of an art! Very cool on its exterior design as well as on its interior! But i guess the horsepower is not enough fro a sporst car, though it is pretty right that it is like turtles participating on a quarter-mile race. smiley

  (728) posted on 12.27.2011

This IQ city has a nice and cute exterior design, I notice that it needs to improve and further enhancement to its engine although this is a racing car. I suggested to transform this car into an electrical or chargeable vehicle unless it was in a small.

  (504) posted on 12.20.2011

I don’t think that 98 horsepower is good enough for a racer vehicle. Sure, it is only a small vehicle that can consume a less gasoline, but I think they should still need to boost it more.

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