The Toyota GR Yaris has gone on sale in Europe, bringing rally-inspired functioning to the continent. The visitor has released a veritable drench of images and information to go with the availability of this highly predictable pocket rocket, the second global GR product later the Supra.
Being the brand’southward first sports motorcar to be fully developed in-firm in two decades, the GR Yaris has a lot riding on its shoulders. So it’due south just besides that Toyota has pulled out all the stops, endowing the hatchback with a bespoke three-door body (the standard European-market Yaris is 5-door just) and underpinnings.
The body shell was optimised for Globe Rally Championship (WRC) aerodynamic regulations, so it’s 60 mm wider (i,805 mm) and 45 mm lower (1,455 mm) than the regular Yaris. The trailing border of the roof is actually a whopping 95 mm lower, allowing for a more than efficient rear wing on the rally automobile. And despite having fewer doors, the GR Yaris is actually 55 mm longer (3,995 mm), though its 2,560 mm wheelbase is unchanged.
As you can imagine, the significant rejigging of the proportions means that the GR Yaris doesn’t share any body panels with the cooking model, with simply the lamps, door mirrors and antenna being carried over. The front end has been geared for cooling with the addition of a big rectangular lower grille, feeding air into the engine, radiator and intercooler, while vertical intakes on either side cool the brakes.
Calculation to the car’s purposeful nature is the downforce-producing front splitter, which has a raised centre department to control the airflow going nether the machine. This is complemented by the upper and lower corner lips that frame the fog light surrounds and part equally canards to generate downforce in the corners.
Yous also take the much wider front end and rear fenders, with the flared rear arches being particularly flat to smoothen airflow leaving the car and reduce drag. The glasshouse also tapers to better aerodynamic performance at the back of the car, where you lot’ll observe a large diffuser and twin tailpipes. Underfloor airflow has also been improved with flat covers and front wheel spats.
The dashboard has been largely carried over but with a few item changes. The 4.2-inch multi-info display gets a screen that shows the workings of the all-bicycle-drive organization, the setup of which can be manipulated using the rotary controller ahead of the gearlever. Speaking of which, the shifter has been raised by fifty mm, putting it closer to the driver’southward reach and allowing for faster shifts.
Also fitted are sports seats with increased absorber padding and thinner backs, a three-spoke GR steering wheel and specially-positioned sports pedals. As for practicality, the GR has a much smaller kicking at only 174 litres, though you can however fold the threescore:twoscore divide-folding rear seats for more than luggage space if y’all so wish.
The bespoke componentry extends to the engine, a G16E-GTS 1.6 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine. Touted as both the largest and almost powerful three-cylinder in production besides as the smallest and lightest 1.vi litre turbo effectually, it comes with D-4S port and direct injection, too equally a single-scroll turbo integrated with the exhaust manifold. Outputs for the European model are rated at 261 PS at 6,500 rpm and 360 Nm of torque from 3,000 to 4,600 rpm, eleven PS and x Nm down on the Japanese i.
The GR Yaris is only available with a six-speed manual gearbox, complete with a rev-matching function. The GR-Iv all-cycle-drive organization has been developed specifically for the car – the showtime such organization in xx years – and ditches the heavy centre differential in favour of a multi-plate clutch in the rear differential to distribute torque to the front end and rear wheels.
Drivers have three different settings for the torque carve up to cull from. In Normal way, the auto sends around lx% to the front wheels and 40% to the rear, whereas Sport mode has a 30:lxx split up to add some rear-drive handling characteristics. Track mode dials it back to a 50:l divide for maximum operation. The Circuit Pack adds Torsen express-skid differentials at the front end and rear to shuffle torque from side to side.
This all-wheel-drive system is the reason why Toyota has spliced up ii of its platforms for the GR Yaris. The front end retains the same GA-B underpinnings as the standard car, but the rear cease uses the C variant from the Corolla and C-Hour instead. This allows the fitment of double wishbones at the rear, making space for the differential and half shafts.
At the front end, the MacPherson strut suspension has been retained but sports reinforced hub bearings, lower arms and their associated bushings, plus revised anti-roll bars and redesigned knuckles that increase negative camber and optimise the car’due south roll steer characteristics. The bespoke dampers have increased response, while the steering has been retuned for greater alacrity and feedback.
The GR Yaris comes equally standard with 18-inch alloy wheels and Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 tyres, hiding ventilated brake discs that measure 356 mm at the forepart (even larger than the Supra’s) and 297 mm at the rear. These are clamped by 4-piston callipers at the front and two-piston units at the rear. A manual handbrake replaces the Yaris’ electronic parking brake, and the rear axle is disconnected when it is pulled while moving to let drivers to slide into a corner.
The Circuit Pack throws in GR-badged ruby callipers, lightweight BBS alloys and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, forth with stiffer springs and anti-roll confined, retuned dampers and tweaked power steering settings to take advantage of the extra grip.
Going hand-in-manus with the uprated chassis, the body shell has been stiffened and lightened for this awarding, with increased spot welds and structural adhesive and a reinforced rear end. A forged carbon roof and aluminium doors, tailgate and bonnet shave around 27.5 kg and enable the body to weigh around 38 kg less than the previous Yaris. All-in-all, the GR Yaris tips the scales at 1,280 kg.
Despite the performance bent, the car doesn’t compromise on rubber, fitted with the full Toyota Safe Sense suite of driver assists. These include autonomous emergency braking with oncoming vehicle detection, daytime cyclist detection and nighttime pedestrian detection, lane centring assist, lane keeping assist and automatic high axle.
In Germany, the GR Yaris is priced starting from €32,363 (RM157,500), although the Excursion Pack bumps it upwardly to €36,740 (RM178,800). By comparing, the larger Honda Civic Blazon R retails at €37,032 (RM180,200). Malaysian benefactor UMW Toyota has hinted at the car’south possible arrival hither, where it will likely retail due north of the RM300,000 mark. Can’t wait? Yous tin can bulldoze 1 in
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