Re : Toyota GR Yaris - official!

Re : Toyota GR Yaris - official!

Sunday 12th January

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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rampageturke

Original Poster:

939 posts

111 months

Friday 10th January
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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

Roma101

513 posts

96 months

Friday 10th January
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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!

EyeHeartSpellin

123 posts

32 months

Friday 10th January
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Please don't be 60k

Onehp

1,197 posts

232 months

Friday 10th January
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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...

V8 FOU

2,667 posts

96 months

Friday 10th January
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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

16,846 posts

108 months

Friday 10th January
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Now that looks and sounds incredible.

thatdude

2,141 posts

76 months

Friday 10th January
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Full-on YES from me.

Proper hot-hatch.

blearyeyedboy

4,990 posts

128 months

Friday 10th January
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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?

scratchchin

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.

nickfrog

10,777 posts

166 months

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

Rsx Boy

151 posts

88 months

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

Shappers24

317 posts

35 months

Friday 10th January
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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

263 posts

71 months

Friday 10th January
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Love hot hatches. Love rallying. Want this.

Harry_523

198 posts

48 months

Friday 10th January
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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

TheNovacat

5 posts

11 months

Friday 10th January
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budgie smuggler

3,936 posts

108 months

Friday 10th January
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clap

ash73

16,886 posts

170 months

Friday 10th January
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Yes please, looks fantastic!

smithyithy

4,572 posts

67 months

Friday 10th January
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Superb

Dave Hedgehog

12,066 posts

153 months

Friday 10th January
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TheNovacat said:
3 door and a manual, oh yes take my money !

andrewparker

3,743 posts

136 months

Friday 10th January
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thatdude said:
Full-on YES from me.

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

Rsx Boy

151 posts

88 months

Friday 10th January
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Is it powerful enough?????