The new Toyota GR Yaris has the most powerful three-cylinder engine in any production vehicle in the world. It also has the first proprietary four-wheel drive system that Toyota has developed for a road car in two decades. The three-door body means access to the car's rear seats is obviously limited, while the rear differential and more sophisticated suspension layout mean the GR only offers 174 litres of boot space.
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The new Toyota GR Yaris has actually been coming for even longer than most of us may realise. While this car's had an extensively previewed gestation, it's the first ground-up performance car that Toyota has developed ‘all on its own' in some twenty years. It also has a manual gearbox; nothing less than the most powerful three-cylinder engine in any production vehicle in the world.
The GR Yaris is Toyota's rally-inspired hatch, a 258bhp four-wheel-drive three-door. It receives huge changes over the regular production Yaris in its transformation to all-conquering sports car. It won our Britain's Best Affordable Driver's Car shootout last autumn.
The GR Yaris was made to celebrate Toyota's involvement in the World Rally Championship. The car feels bespoke in the same manner as a first-generation Ford Focus RS, or a Lancia Delta Integrale. There's the standard model at under £30,000, but a car fitted with one of two option packs will be more popular.
The new Toyota GR Yaris is one of the most exciting hot hatches to be launched in years. At £29,995 for the basic model and £33,495 with the Circuit Pack, it isn't cheap, but it could still be a bargain performance car. The current Ford Fiesta ST is a superb hot hatch, and for this exclusive ST Edition its maker has ramped things up. But at £28,770, is it as good value for money as lower rungs of the Fiesta ST ladder and can it beat it?
The Toyota GR Yaris is no ordinary Yaris. Instead it's a car that will be written about and cherished by enthusiasts. Originally conceived to form the basis of Toyota's 2021 World Rally Championship campaign. 25,000 road versions have been made for homologation purposes. It costs from £29,995, rising to £33,495 with the Circuit Pack fitted.
The Toyota GR Yaris is a bespoke project with support from the company's motorsport division, Gazoo racing. The only parts shared with the standard Yaris are the lights and door mirrors, while there's a carbon fibre roof plus an aluminium bonnet, tailgate and doors to help reduce overall weight. There are 259 extra weld points used in production compared to the basic Yaris model, most of which are concentrated around joint areas to help increase strength.
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following[***]:
All-new GR Yaris hot-hatch tested. AWD, 257bhp and 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds. Priced at £29,995. Built as a homologation special for Toyota's 2021 World Rally Championship entry, it differs significantly from the Yaris road car with which it shares a name.
Reviewers from carwow have found the following[***]:
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***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.