Toyota GAZOO Racing has created a hot hatchback for mass market – the range-topping GR Yaris. It is the second global GR model of the brand after the GR Supra.
It will arrive in the 2nd half of this year to challenge to the Ford Fiesta ST. The car is being showcased at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon (Jan 10-12, 2020).
All in the vehicle is focused on performance: new platform, engine, suspension, lightweight construction of carbon fiber polymer and aluminum, aerodynamic styling, a performance braking system, a lower roofline and, of course, a new GR-FOUR permanent all-wheel drive system with a 4WD mode dial switch.
The GAZOO Racing version of the Toyota Yaris is a car to be used both on public roads or for rally.
For a better chassis balance, the new 3-cylinder 1.6-liter turbo DOHC 12-valve engine is placed back towards the center, and the battery is located in the trunk.
The engine delivers 261 hp (192 kW) and 360 Nm (265.5 lb-ft) of torque. It is compliant with the Euro 6d Temp emission standard. The motor is combine with a six-speed manual transmission accommodating high torque levels.
Three frameless doors contribute to a coupe-like silhouette. The model features the GR-specific grille and spoiler at the front, as well as the wide tread and muscular wings at the rear. The car rides on 18-inch alloy wheels.
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration takes less than 5.5 seconds. The top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph) is electronically limited.
The 2021 Toyota GR Yaris has a double wishbone rear suspension set-up optimized for performance. A MacPherson strut system is used at the front.