Yaris GR Sport is the new warm-hatch from Toyota

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Toyota revealed their new warm hatch, 'inspired' by the hot Yaris GRMN (Gazoo Racing, Masters of the Nurburgring, yes this is their real name..) it offers styling upgrades as well as new tricked out suspension.

Styling upgrades include a two-tone paint scheme with a piano-black roof, rear spoiler, door mirrors and the humongous honeycomb grill. The Red decals on front and rear bumper are optional, but you would have to be blind or dead inside not to pick them, as they look great and make the car really stand out.

As Toyota focused on improved handling and driving fun over raw power, thus left the 1.5 litre 99hp hybrid engine alone and gave the Yaris Sachs Performance shock absorbers similar to those on the GRMN and a solid anti-roll bar for extra chassis stiffness.

Further the suspension has been dropped by 11mm, and the car received new 17inch alloys with Potenza RE50 205/45R17 tires same as the GRMN model with twice the power, meaning that the little Toyota is unlikely to run out of grip when having fun.

At a little over a 1000 kg (2204 lbs) this seems to be enough to give it some real sporty credibility not making it a yet another 'Line' model that tend to be like a small dog barking really loud...

Styling changes continue on the inside with with lots of GR badges, sports seats, black Ultrasuede upholstery with contrasting white stitching and inserts and a three-spoke steering wheel straight from the GT86 to top it all off.

The GR Sport will go on sale late this year and is expected to cost a little more than the current range topping Bi-Tone which comes in at little over £20,000.

Do you think this is a legitimate warm-hatch ? Would you pick one up ?

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