RE: Toyota teases new Yaris GR-4

RE: Toyota teases new Yaris GR-4

Thursday 7th November

Toyota teases new Yaris GR-4

The previous fast Yaris was a hoot; the new one looks even more serious



We were big fans of Toyota's Yaris GRMN when we drove it nearly two years ago; the lively, engaging hatch proving that the best things can still come in small packages. Only 100 of the limited 600-car production run made it to UK shores, though, meaning that even if buyers could justify the Β£26,295 asking price, they still weren't guaranteed to get their hands on one.

Now, however, Toyota has officially unveiled a successor for the first time, a post on Twitter teasing Gazoo Racing's latest Yaris project. Having previously hinted that future GR products would be more closely related to the outfit's racing endeavours, the new car is set to be revealed in just 10 days' time. The venue? Rally Australia.

That's an exciting sign for those hoping for a genuine, competition-inspired model. As is the 'GR-4' title which accompanies the teaser - possibly alluding to the presence of a WRC-aping all-wheel drive set-up. In the absence of any concrete details the aggressive bumpers, flared arches and sporty wheels spied during recent Nurburgring tests are the only indication of the potential performance on offer - Toyota hopefully knowing better than to opt for style over substance.

We do also have a few choice words from the Executive VP of Toyota Europe, Matt Harrison, who previously told Autocar of the company's "desire to link Yaris to our success in motorsport. On selected vehicles, we will look at a GR derivative, which is differentiated on these grounds - whether that's displacement or whatever."

That opens the door to the possibility of a rally-styled, all-wheel drive model, powered by something more powerful than the standard car's 1.5-litre four-cylinder motor - an enticing prospect indeed if Gazoo's previous form is anything to go by. Hopefully this time there'll be enough for everyone.


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wab172uk

Original Poster:

1,455 posts

174 months

Thursday 7th November
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I very much doubt they'd then produce an AWD road car.

Ford don't with the Fiesta. Nor does VW with the Polo.

More likely FWD with around 200 bhp

bitofayank

8 posts

16 months

Thursday 7th November
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Counterpoint: jalopnik article about a Toyota / Subaru tie up on a wrx replacement

epom

6,483 posts

108 months

Thursday 7th November
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Tanak edition GR-4

fernando the frog

288 posts

15 months

Thursday 7th November
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isn't the new Yaris a rebadged Mazda 2?

Mike1990

729 posts

78 months

Thursday 7th November
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Hopefully they’ll continue where the previous GRMN left off.

Now what about the Corolla GRMN that was showcased a while back ?

Shaqq

12 posts

5 months

Thursday 7th November
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fernando the frog said:
isn't the new Yaris a rebadged Mazda 2?
Only for the US market I believe.

86wasagoodyear

30 posts

43 months

Thursday 7th November
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Don't know about 'only US market', but whatever, Toyota is onto a good thing adopting it for the Yaris. I recently had a brand new Mazda2 GT over a weekend as a courtesy car while my Mazda3 was being serviced - and ended up fancying keeping the 2. It's a hoot to drive in the real world.

Don Roque

16,751 posts

106 months

Thursday 7th November
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I'd love to see one with the twin-deck wing like the WRC car has. It's great to see WRC injecting a bit of excitement back into road cars.

Bibbs

3,593 posts

157 months

Friday 8th November
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Hopefully a bit more reliable than the GRMN version.

I know of two sitting with Toyota with boost problems that Toyota can't solve.

xu5

205 posts

104 months

Friday 8th November
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Shaqq said:
fernando the frog said:
isn't the new Yaris a rebadged Mazda 2?
Only for the US market I believe.
Yes. You can buy a Mazda 2 in the USA badged as a Toyota. I think they also sold it as a Scion briefly too.

The version of the Yaris in this topic is not Mazda based.

C.MW

180 posts

16 months

Friday 8th November
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I find myself much more thrilled about this Yaris than I was about the Porsche 992 911 or the McLaren 600LT. That says something.

Motormatt

237 posts

165 months

Friday 8th November
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Serious arch extensions hint that there must be some significant changes under the skin. Great to see Toyota injecting some excitement into cars in this sector!

FourWheelDrifter

33 posts

82 months

Friday 8th November
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Here's more info and photos on Paul Tan's blog:
https://paultan.org/2019/11/07/toyota-yaris-gr-4-t...

FourWheelDrifter

33 posts

82 months

Friday 8th November
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Still very different to the WRC rally car though!


xu5

205 posts

104 months

Friday 8th November
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C.MW said:
I find myself much more thrilled about this Yaris than I was about the Porsche 992 911 or the McLaren 600LT. That says something.
I hear that.

blearyeyedboy

4,934 posts

126 months

Friday 8th November
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Is there anything in the Toyota or Mazda parts bin that can donate a small and short 4wd system?

scratchchin

I found the Toyota Pixis, so it might just be possible... Unlikely but given the "GR4" badge, I just wonder...

Edited by blearyeyedboy on Friday 8th November 17:38

ChrisW.

3,249 posts

202 months

Friday 8th November
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But it says somewhere that they will need to make 25,000 to homologate it ?

rb26

694 posts

133 months

Friday 8th November
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Needs to have awd, 400HP, manual, anti-lag, get 40mpg and cost no more than £15,999.

Mastodon2

12,899 posts

112 months

Friday 8th November
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FourWheelDrifter said:
Here's more info and photos on Paul Tan's blog:
https://paultan.org/2019/11/07/toyota-yaris-gr-4-t...
What a disappointment. I hope it's got some of the aero kit similar to the WRC. Put the big double wing on it and a diffuser and we'll be talking.

blearyeyedboy

4,934 posts

126 months

Saturday 9th November
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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