The Toyota Yaris has always been an average small car. It had never really stood out in its class, until last year, when Toyota released a limited production hot hatch version of the Yaris. It was a cracker, and it showed that Toyota’s potential in developing fast and fun cars is big.
One year later, Toyota has revealed some images and specs of a Yaris prototype that is very likely to go into production, and the figures are astonishing. Under the bonnet, it hides a 1.6 litre 3-cylinder turbo engine that produces 260hp... that is 60hp more than the Fiesta ST. Furthermore, it has a rally-derived 4WD system, and it would only come mated through a manual gearbox. As a result, It gets from 0-100km/h from standstill in 5 seconds dead, making this Yaris the fastest supermini hot hatch ever made… crazy times we are living in…
But Toyota hasn’t forgotten about the handling, and the work put in the car’s chassis is even more impressive. The roof is made out of forged carbon fiber, the body consists on different mixtures of aluminium and carbon fiber, it comes with light forged wheels and an optional roll cage. This car makes us all forget about the Fiesta ST, or even the Civic Type R.
The craziness of this car is even greater, because unlike other performance modern Toyotas, the GR Yaris is made in house, without any help from other car companies they are collaborating with, such as BMW or Subaru. I am excited, because the last time Toyota has made a performance car in house, it was the Lexus LFA, and we all know how amazing that is. It is a rather pleasant surprise from Toyota, a long waited one.Since this is a prototype, the price is not known, but we can guess it might be more expensive than the more “mainstream” hot hatches, and it may even be close to Civic Type R and Ford Focus RS money.
The GR Yaris should be officially revealed in January 2020 and it will only be available as a 3 door hatchback.