New Toyota GR Yaris: A Rally Car for the Road

13. 01. 20
posted by: Faizel Patel

 

 

The world premiere of Toyota's rally-inspired GR Yaris has revealed a pure performance car born from Toyota's title-winning experience in the World Rally Championship (WRC).

Forged from success in the heat of competition, the Toyota GR Yaris brings motorsport technology and design directly to the world of the road car.

Powered by a new 200kW/370Nm1 three-cylinder turbocharged engine, the GR Yaris benefits from the design and engineering skills of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing (TGR) and Tommi Mäkinen Racing, Toyota's partner in the WRC.

As well as serving as the official homologation model for development of the next Yaris WRC car, GR Yaris also has all the attributes required for owners looking to compete successfully in local rally competitions.

Every aspect of the car has a performance focus: an all-new platform and engine, new suspension, lightweight construction, aerodynamic styling and a new GR-FOUR permanent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system.

With high power and low weight, it has all the credentials for competition success, and for delivering exhilarating performance as a super-hot hatch for the road.

In a striking departure from the standard model, the GR Yaris has a three-door body that is lower and wider with dramatic angles, enlarged 18-inch wheels, extended wheel arches, an imposing front air intake, specially designed brakes with red callipers, and twin exhaust tips.

Summarised as a ‘rally car for the road’, the GR Yaris is the latest in Toyota's rich heritage of sports cars that include the Toyota 800, 2000GT, Celica, Supra, Corolla AE86, MR2 and 86.

Presenting the GR Yaris at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon, GAZOO Racing President Shigeki Tomoyama says TGR is committed to using motorsport to refine its know-how and its personnel, with the aim of launching world-class production sports cars.

"While the new GR Supra is a sports car developed through track racing, the GR Yaris has been devised through our participation in rallies - something that many of our fans have been waiting for."

GR Yaris is the second pure sports-car model to be launched globally by TGR, following last year's return of the legendary Toyota GR Supra.

The Yaris GR-FOUR is currently under study for local introduction – following the global rollout in 2020.

 

                                                All specifications are based on an overseas model; specifications and features for local introduction may differ.