Toyota has already confirmed that the GR Yaris won’t make its way to our market, as we will instead get a different hot hatch in the near future, so should we be upset about it?
Actually, we should, because this isn’t your typical fast hatchback, as it has true rallying DNA, having been built as a WRC homologation special.
Everything about it is exquisite, from the bespoke platform, which combines the front end of the GA-B (regular Yaris) with the rear end of the GA-C (Toyota’s compact models), to the all-wheel drive system. Opt for the Circuit Pack and you get a performance-tuned suspension, Torsen front and rear limited-slip differentials, and 18-inch forged wheels wrapped in 225/40 Michelin Pilot Sport 4s tires.
The European variant of the GR Yaris has 257 HP (261 PS / 192 kW) and 266 lb-ft (360 Nm) of torque produced by the 1.6-liter three-pot. It sprints from 0 to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than 5.5 seconds and maxes out at 143 mph (230 km/h).
It has a go-kart-like feel, the reviewer notes, and a bouncy suspension, great manual gearbox, and a special design with wide fenders, bespoke front and rear bumpers, large roof wing, and frameless windows. On the other hand, this is a subcompact with a sloping roofline, so while the rear legroom may be somewhat decent, the headroom certainly isn’t, and neither is boot space.
As for pricing, customers living in the United Kingdom will have to pay at least £29,995 (equal to $41,185) for the GR Yaris, whereas Germans can get it from €33,200 ($39,997).