Re : Toyota GR Yaris - official!

Re : Toyota GR Yaris - official!

Sunday 12th January 2020

Toyota GR Yaris - official!

260hp, 1,280kg and optional Torsen diffs on BOTH axles - the Yaris goes berserk, and how

How often on PH do we grumble that things aren't what they used to be? There aren't three-door hot hatches anymore, there aren't motorsport-inspired cars anymore, nobody shows off real engineering nous unless it's on a million-pound hypercar. Quite a lot, we'd wager, given it sounds like the office discussion. Pleasingly, then, let's all be upstanding for the Toyota GR Yaris: "developed directly" from world rallying (with input from Tommi Makinen Racing), three-door and manual-only, and with a bespoke platform underneath for only this car. You're going to like the GR...

It's one we've seen camouflaged for a little while now, the wraps now taken off at the Tokyo motor show. And doesn't it look great? In the Renault Sport Megane mould, it shows a punchy hot hatch silhouette can be made without resorting to wild bodykits. Obviously the tracks are wider, but the roofline of this GR is 91mm lower than a regular Yaris, too, which obviously contributes to that squat stance.

Effort has been made, moreover, to keep the 260hp Yaris fairly light: the bonnet, doors and boot are aluminium, while the roof is carbon fibre polymer. That means a claimed kerbweight of 1,280kg, which is the same as a front-drive Polo GTI with 60 less horsepower - a laudable achievement.

Then it gets really clever. Because the Toyota New Global Architecture series of platforms are modular, this GR uses the GA-B platform from a regular Yaris at the front, but then the rear from the GA-C platform, as used in larger Toyotas like the C-HR and which makes the all-wheel drive possible. Furthermore, it means the standard car's torsion beam has been ditched as well, with a double wishbone rear set up complementing the Macpherson struts at the front. Brakes are by 356mm disc at the front, 297mm behind.

As for the all-wheel drive system, a high-response coupling splits power between front and rear; different gear ratios for the axles mean that, in theory, 100 per cent of the power can go forward or back. A 4WD dial for the driver gives a 60:40 split front to rear in Normal mode, 30:70 in Sport or 50:50 in Track for "fast, competitive driving". Toyota believes it has the best of both worlds with this all-wheel drive system, delivering sharper responses than an on-demand equivalent without the weight penalty of permanent four-wheel drive - so it'll be fascinating to see just how it performs.

Speaking of performance, the 1.6-litre, three-cylinder turbo powering the GR Yaris is all-new, and boasts 260hp alongside 265lb ft; with the aforementioned six-speed manual "engineered to accommodate high torque levels", the car should be capable of 0-62mph in less than 5.5 seconds and a limited 143mph top speed. Those keen to use their GR to its full potential should probably tick the box named 'Circuit Pack', too. Not only does it bring uprated suspension and forged wheels on Michelin PS4 tyres, it also gives the Yaris a Torsen limited-slip diff - on each axle!

So yeah, there's a great deal to be very excited about with the super-Yaris. The old Yaris GRMN was a giggle even when a fast one was never in that base model's remit; given that this GR has a bespoke platform and engine with which to show off its potential, expectations are justifiably very high indeed. There's no word yet on UK spec or availability, only that it will be launched in the second half of this year. Rest assured we'll be keeping this one updated as regularly as possible.




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article said:
There aren't three-door hot hatches anymore, there aren't motorsport-inspired cars anymore, nobody shows off real engineering nous unless it's on a million-pound hypercar.
real boomer sentence


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Despite its curious rear 3/4 looks (IMO), I am liking the sound of this. Hopefully it will be sensibly priced!


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Please don't be 60k


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Hoping that the suspension is 'A110 like', not too hard and with plenty of travel, and also with hydraulic bump stops (like the Megane RS). WRC trumps boyracer suspension...

Edited by Onehp on Friday 8th January 13:50


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No longer updated since 6th of March 2021

1. LemonTart - red, circuit due end of March
2. GrJa- black, circuit, delivered
3. Craig-A - red, circuit, due May ..
4. Escrobin - red, circuit, delivered
5. Sam - Black, circuit pack, delivered
6. Ston - pure white, circuit, due Feb
7. TJ - white, circuit, due May/Jun
8. Jester86- Red, circuit pack, May
9. Paulous - red, circuit, due late April
10. Nick 28 - black, circuit, delivered
11. Matlockscot - white, circuit, June / July
12. Galerion - pearl white, circuit pack, delivered
13. Monaco1981 - black, circuit, delivered?
14. Pak - white, circuit, end of Feb
15. Deadbod - white, circuit, April/May
16. Bigwod - red, circuit, May
17. Tinnes - White, circuit, March
18. Lighty- red, circuit, delivered
19. MagnusT - White no orange, circuit, delivered
20. Baldchap - Red, circuit, delivered?
21. Jay-44 - Pure White, Circuit Pack due March
22. nestreet - Black, circuit, delivered
23. br51tol - Pearl White, circuit, mid Feb
24. Tumble Dryer - pearl white, circuit, mid march.
25. Cowboyengineer- black circuit delivered
26. ChickenSoup27- Pure White, Circuit, March
27. BEP - Pure White, Circuit, March
28. IainT - Pure White, Circuit, March
29. SuperNads - Pure White, Circuit, end of January
30. Moonigan - Pearl white - Circuit pack - End of December
31. C5L - Pearl White, Circuit Pack, March
32. rodericb - Red, Australian GR, February
33. Keekodog-Black,Circuit, Jan/Feb
34. TramWrecker - White, non circuit, January
35. Tyrrell - Pearl White, Circuit Pack, March/April.
36. Pappyjohn - white (or red not sure yet) - March
37. G4W - Pearl White. Circuit Pack. Mid February.
38. iS1 - Pure White, Circuit Pack, End of May
39. Shoestring7- White, Non-Circuit Pack, January
40. w8pmc - Pure White, Circuit Pack, Beginning of March
41. Leon R - Red, Circuit Pack, No idea.
42. Zippy-ki8ee - Red circuit pack end of May / June
43. Mutton - Pure White, Standard, End of January
44. Trikster - pure white/circuit pack - delivered
45. Seawise - pure white / circuit pack - march/april '21
46. Apex_mb - pearl white circuit pack - end Feb/early March
47. Peeltone - Red, Circuit Pack - delivered
48. tkell - pearl white circuit pack - Feb/March
49. StottyGTR - Pure White, Circuit Pack, March
50. Atkinson2k - Pure White, Convenience Pack - January
51. forest172 - Pure White, Circuit Pack - February
52. Mintmansam - Black, Circuit, March
53. GRYarisRob - Red, Circuit pack, delivered
54. VH02 AML - Pure White, CP, April
55. Lankan, Platinum Pearl White, Circuit Pack - delivered
56. Trevor555 non circuit, white. Delivered
57. AlphaDelta - Platinum Pearl White, Circuit Pack January 2021
58. rjs1977 - platinum Pearl white, circuit pack. End March
59. Chrisatronic - flat white, circuit pack, March
60. Tturbo - black, circuit pack, May
61. stabilio - black, circuit pack, April/May
62. Rascal & Beefstah - scarlet flare, Circuit pack, delivered
63. FusionRally - Scarlet flair, circuit pack delivered
64. Shep76S - White convenience pack, late April
65. BAS6 - White, Circuit pack, March
66. Car mad Dave - Red, circuit pack, Feb
67 JTurner - White, circuit pack, March
68 VX Blackrat - Black, circuit pack, May
69. JillXVince - Pearl, circuit, December.
70. Tongy24 - White, circuit, December
71. swtcar - Red, circuit pack, late April
72. plasmaman- white circuit pack car, delivered
73. 23Kev - White, AU standard (UK Convenience), February
74. UremaW - Pearl White Circuit, Mar/Apr
75. Ley - Red, Convenience Pack, February
76. Lauren13 - White, Circuit Pack - delivered
77. jjr1 - White, Circuit Pack, end of March
78. andylaight - Red, Circuit Pack, mid-December
79. Pt132 - Pearl White, Circuit Pack, late April
80. Omen22 – White, Circuit Pack, Mar/Apr
81. Chevronb37 - Black, Circuit Park, end-May 2021
82. Cornish - White Circuit Pack, June
83. griffington - Solid White, Circuit Pack, June
84. Holgate86 - Pure white, circuit pack, May/June 2021
85. foxsasha - Pearl white, Circuit Pack, Feb/March
86. Hothatch1977 - Solid white - circuit pack, June
87. UK952 - White Circuit pack May/June 21
88. JB32 - Pearl White, Circuit Pack. Due March
89. Alexhat - Red, Convenience Pack, Jan/Feb
90. mrbbs - Solid white - circuit pack, delivered
91. Inspectre - Pearl White, Circuit - Jan 21
92. Remnus - Pearl White, Circuit - delivered
93. gr_tony - Red, Circuit Pack, Early Jan
94. Deanoc123 - White, Circut Pack, late Feb
95. onehp - Black, Circuit Pack, july
96. Matthew Clarke - White, Circuit Pack, March/April
97. 205gti6al - pure white, Coircuit Pack, end of Jan’ish
98. Deathmole - Red, circuit pack, due late February
99. Richyboy - Solid white, circuit pack, March/April
100. Batster3 - Solid white, circuit pack, late Feb
101. Torquesteer - Black, circuit pack, late May
102. AlpinaFan - Red, Circuit Pack, mid Jan
103. cib24 - Pearl White, Circuit Pack, June
104. Rumpelkillskins - Pure White, Circuit Pack, end Jan
105. Tighnamara - Pearl White, Circuit Pack, May
106. ChrisW - Red, Circuit Pack, June
107. GR Fan - Pure White, Convenience Pack, end March
108. S1_RS - Precious Black, Circuit Pack, May
109. Dave_T - Red, Circuit Pack, delivered
110. Turbotwo - Black, Circuit pack, May/June
111. Miserystreak - Pearl White, Circuit Pack, July
112. n4aat - Pearl White, Circuit Pack, April
113. Honeywell - Pearl white, Circuit pack, ETA TBC
114. Fivealive326kph - Flat white, CP, ETA TBC
115. Jezzertrollope - Black, circuit pack, delivered
116. coded2112 - Red, Circuit Pack, August
117. famoussas - White, Circuit Pack, June
118. Mr_Creosote - Black, Circuit Pack, June
119. Jonesey - Pearl white, Circuit pack, Aug??
120. SnappyChariot - Pearl White, Circuit Pack, June
121. Stunters - Black, Circuit pack, August
122. Curv3hunter - white, circuit pack, August
123. xondat - Scarlet Flare red, Circuit Pack, September
124. baldydaz - august/September
125. cidered77 - Flat white with circuit pack, May 18th
126. roystinho - Pearl white Circuit, September
127. EyeHeartSpellin - White/Circuit Pack/TBC
128. EK9_CTR - pure white, circuit pack, TBC
129. Justchris17 - white, circuit pack, January/September
130. Ben.Kelly - White, CP, Sept 2021
131 KMUK - White, Circuit Pack,Sept 2021
132. Paulg390 - Pearl White, Circuit Pack, Nov 2021
133. TheLoz - Pure white, circuit pack, January 15th
134. SVP911 - Pearl White, CP, Nov
135. Mikanta - Pearl White CP, August
136. Weissach-RS - pure white, circuit pack, Sep
137. CTC - White, Circuit Pack, delivery end Mar/Beg Apr
138. M3 POO - pearl white, cp, Jan 22nd
139. will.spiers - black, circuit pack, 20th March
140. 11jhw - black CP, September 21
141. leviCV8 - Red, circuit pack, June
142. kentbloke - Black, cp, delivered mid dec
143. Jonesey - Pearl White, Curcuit Pack, August ‘21
144. rossfitz - red, circuit pack, June
145. tsj - Black CP, due March
146. rigster2 - Red CP, due March
147. originalwhoosh - Pearl white, circuit, due July.
148. Medieval Knievel - Pure White, CP, due March
149. IO390 - red with circuit pack, April/May 2022
150. Ratae - Circuit Pack, Pearl White, due December
151. Paulzebra - White CP ordered Nov 20 delivery June 21
152. Rix - solid white - CP - May 22
153. Black Flag - Pure White, Circuit Pack, May 22
154. MightyShrimper - Scarlet Flare, Convenience pack, April 22

154 orders/delivered

Edited by Onehp on Tuesday 2nd March 09:12

Edited by Onehp on Saturday 6th March 10:01


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Edited by Onehp on Saturday 6th March 10:01


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I really love that!
Would love a auto version...........
Hell. I'm getting excited by a Yaris. Never thought I'd see the day!

Don Roque

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Now that looks and sounds incredible.


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Full-on YES from me.

Proper hot-hatch.


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Friday 10th January 2020
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blearyeyedboy said:
Is there anything in the Toyota or Mazda parts bin that can donate a small and short 4wd system?


I found the Toyota Pixis, so it might just be possible... Unlikely but given the "GR4" badge, I just wonder...
blearyeyedboy said:
Ooh, turns out there's a JDM Toyota Vitz that's 4wd with multi link suspension, so it could be done...

I'm going to look like a prat if I'm wrong but I'm hoping for a 4wd monster. smile
I feel smug. biggrin

This is a fantastic thing.


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Friday 10th January 2020
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Brilliant. Have they kept it under £40k with the circuit pack?

Rsx Boy

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Friday 10th January 2020
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Oooooooo Baby !!!!!!!


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Friday 10th January 2020
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Think the press release from japan suggests list price I Japan of 3.9million yen, which is approximately £27K base price... but that is just a simple currency conversion, could be more over here.

I am excited, I loved my old Yaris T Sport, but this is a completely different proposition.

Mr Peel

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Love hot hatches. Love rallying. Want this.


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Friday 10th January 2020
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Most exciting car of 2020 already.

Need to convince SHMBO that she needs this to replace her Corsa. Its small, only 3cyl, 4wd so nice and stable biggrin


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budgie smuggler

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Dave Hedgehog

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TheNovacat said:
3 door and a manual, oh yes take my money !


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thatdude said:
Full-on YES from me.

Proper hot-hatch.
Yep, me too, looks absolutely bloody fantastic.