Spotted: Toyota are prepping an extreme version of the Gazoo Racing Yaris
Will the Civic Type-R finally be knocked off its perch as Japan's premier hot-hatch?
It's well known now that Toyota are releasing a Yaris unlike any we've ever seen before, and in the process, completely reconfiguring the way we think about one of their most successful line of cars. And it's also well known that the new GR Yaris will be made in conjunction with their fabled racing divison, 'Gazoo Racing' - and if Le Mans is anything to go by, they do know a thing or two about making a fast car.
To spice things up even more, and considering the fact that the first edition car hasn't even been released to the general public yet, Toyota have already gone ahead and made a third form of their self-proclaimed pocket-rocket, and they've been spotted testing it around James May's favourite place on earth: The Nürburgring.
Whilst the pictures do seemingly confirm that a stripped out, hardcore version looms on the horizon, that's pretty much all that will be known, for the time being at least. Notable exterior modifications include a supplementary set of flaps and canards along the front bumper, in addition to a huge rear spoiler - both of which only add to the wonderfully mischievous sense of demeanour given off by, what could quite possibly be, the best hot-hatch of 2020.
To find out more about the new Toyota GR Yaris, and one of the coolest mechanical partnerships this year, click here.