The rally-derived all-new Toyota GR Yaris is set to cause a stir this autumn! Arriving in October 2020, the GR Yaris has been developed with the experts at Toyota’s GAZOO Racing World Rally Team, and boasts the brand’s first sports AWD system in two decades, plus a thrilling 1.6-litre, three-cylinder turbo engine. And it’s already got some big endorsements behind it! Let’s take a closer look at this exciting new release:
Arriving as a 257bhp all-wheel-drive hot hatch, the GR Yaris is guaranteed to make an impression. The second model in Toyota’s GR sports car line, the model is based on the latest version of the Yaris city hatchback. But this is no normal hot hatch – it brings motorsport technology and design directly to the world of the road, delivering that true “sports car feeling” every time you get behind the wheel.
A rally car for the road, the Yaris was developed directly with Tommi Mäkinen Racing, which runs Toyota’s World Rally Championship programme. What’s more – Fernando Alonso, Jari-Matti Latvala, and Kris Meeke have all given favourable first impressions of the GR Yaris, with the former saying it’s “the right combination of sport and good performance.”
Under the bonnet of the GR Yaris sits a 1.6-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, producing a jaw-dropping 257hp. At the back, dual exhaust tailpipes pair with Toyota’s Active Noise Control technology to create what Toyota calls a “rousing exhaust note”, meaning you can’t fail to turn heads! The fresh chassis design also enhances the aerodynamics, with a lower roof, three doors instead of five, and reworked bodywork.
There will be two trims available – the standard variant, which comes equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-exit exhaust pipes, GR Ultrasuede Sports Seats, a GR leather steering wheel with contrasting red stitching, GR badges throughout, keyless entry and active noise control as standard. For extra punch, the Circuit Pack adds a pair of limited-slip differentials, red brake callipers, sticky Michelin Pilot sports tyres and tuned suspension.