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by Tim Beissmann

A supercharged version of the tiny Toyota iQ city car will enter a limited production run later this year.

The 100 limited edition hot hatches will be based on the Toyota iQ Supercharger prototype by Toyota tuning specialist GRMN (Gazoo Racing tuned by MN).

The prototype, currently on display at the 2012 Tokyo Auto Salon, is powered by a 95kW/180Nm 1.33-litre supercharged engine – 37 per cent more power and 61 per cent more torque than the standard car, which is not sold in Australia.

The prototype features a six-speed manual transmission, uprated brakes, sports suspension and a tuned dual exhaust system, along with a rear spoiler, sports seats and instruments, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

GRMN also turned its hand to the recently upgraded Yaris, presenting the Toyota Yaris Turbo Concept at the Auto Salon. The three-door hot hatch gets a Volkswagen Polo GTI-rivalling 132kW 1.5-litre turbocharged engine, along with revised suspension, bigger brakes and 18-inch alloys.

Toyota’s in-house tuner unveiled the TRD Performance Line GT 86, with reworked suspension, new front and rear anti-rollbars, rear diffuser and a high-response exhaust system. It also sports a full body kit with side skirts, spoilers and 18-inch alloy wheels.