Toyota makes a 118 hp GR Yaris that you can only buy in Japan
It's called the GR Yaris RS and it has a completely different drivetrain than the other GR Yaris models
After announcing the new GR Yaris for the European market (and also confirming that it won't come to North America, although North America might get its own exclusive GR hatch), Toyota has now revealed what the lineup will be for the Japanese domestic market. Whilst the European GR Yaris has two models, the Japanese market iteration has three different versions of the car. These models are designated RZ (which is essentially the same as the European-spec GR Yaris), RS and RC. The RS is the Japanese exclusive model I'm focusing on here (the RC is also exclusive to the Japanese market) and, whilst it looks fairly similar to the other GR Yaris models, it has some very significant differences when you go under the hood...
That significant difference compared to the RZ and RC models is that the RS has a completely different engine and gearbox. Instead of a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine developing 268 hp with that power going to all four wheels through a 6 speed manual gearbox, the RS has a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre engine sourced from the regular Yaris that only puts out 118 hp and that power goes to the rear wheels only through a Direct Shift CVT gearbox. The reason for this totally different drivetrain is so that the car is tamer than the other GR Yarises. Whilst that CVT gearbox might seem like a massive performance killer, Toyota has given it a launch gear for "powerful and responsive performance from low to high speed ranges" and paddleshifters for a more manual-style driving experience, should you want it.
Apart from the huge powertrain difference however, the rest of the car is very similar to the other GR Yaris models. This includes the GR-developed suspension, brakes and bodykit. Curiously the GR Yaris RS is lighter than the other models, weighing in at 1,130 kg (150 kg lighter than the RZ and RC). That lighter weight probably won't really make any difference though thanks to the much less powerful engine and CVT-style gearbox.
Toyota has already opened pre-orders for the GR Yaris in Japan, although those pre-orders are only for two 'first edition' models (the RZ First Edition and RZ High Performance First Edition). These special pre-order only cars have matt black paint on the aerodynamic elements, an optional marble patterened carbon roof, "Emotional Colour Premium Sports Seats" (whatever that happens to be... it says premium sports seats, so it's probably worthwhile!) and a Morizo signature (the signature of the current president of Toyota Akio Toyoda) on the windscreen. Toyota has said that it's already recieved 6,000 pre-orders for these launch edition cars, so it looks like the GR Yaris could be a huge seller in its home market!