- Turbocharged 1.6-litre 3-cylinder engine with 268-horsepower.
- Newly developed “GR-FOUR” 4WD system with limited slip differentials.
- 6-speed manual transmission.
- GR Yaris tips the scale at 1,280 kg.
- There’s a Special-edition RZ “High-performance First Edition”.
Alright, stop what you’re doing ‘cause I’m about to ruin your image of Toyota. Seriously, we’ve got chills reading over the Toyota GR Yaris’ specs. This is a very rare occasion where the proposed car, the production car, is spec’d the way high-performance driving enthusiasts would have it. Gazoo Racing knows what’s up.
Quite honestly, on paper, this new Toyota GR Yaris has no flaws, with the possible exceptions of the steering wheel being on the wrong side and that it is highly unlikely any will ever make it to North America.
Even the fact that the GR Yaris is powered by a 3-pot is an upside – they emit a unique sound that, with proper exhaust channeling, could be made to create a unique growl. The 1.6-litre unit generates 268-horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. With the 6-speed manual transmission and the standard “GR-FOUR” sports 4WD system, this Yaris should launch to 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds.
Said GR-FOUR includes an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch center differential and a 4WD mode dial switch (NORMAL / SPORT / TRACK). Both axles feature limited-slip differentials which means the GR Yaris will always be putting power to the ground. Brakes and suspension are beefed up for the application as well.
The body-shell too is tweaked. The hood, trunk lid, and door panels are made of aluminum while the roof is a carbon fibre-reinforced panel. Even the fact that the car is a 3-door, as opposed to a 5-door, means the body is stiffer with fewer openings.
From Toyota’s press release:
“Available only through pre-order, the special-edition RZ “First Edition”, based on the GR Yaris’ RZ grade, will don customized specifications in the form of its front grille, front side diffusers, rear spoiler, and rear bumper all being in matte black. Additionally, the special-edition RZ “High-performance First Edition”, based on the GR Yaris’ RZ grade and featuring high-performance equipment*8 with heightened performance limits, will feature the customized specifications of the RZ “First Edition” plus BBS forged aluminum wheels in matte black.
“The vehicle price of the special-edition RZ “First Edition” is planned to be 3.96 million yen (including consumption tax), and the vehicle price of the special-edition RZ “High-performance First Edition” is planned to be 4.56 million yen (including consumption tax).”
It’s no small wonder why this car is so enticing: Tommi Mäkinen is GR’s Racing World Rally Team representative. Yes, that Mäkinen, the multiple WRC champion Mäkinen. This explains why GR and Toyota say it is “Born from WRC.”