► We drive prototype of Toyota GR Yaris, on sale 2021
► Over 260bhp, 360lb ft from 1.6-litre turbo triple
► All-wheel drive and six-speed manual gearbox
Ahead of its official unveiling in Tokyo in January 2020, we have driven a prototype version of Toyota’s new hot hatch, the GR Yaris.
It’s an all-wheel-drive three-door, powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol triple. Power outputs are said to be around 260bhp and more than 260lb ft; Toyota claims it’s the most compact and most powerful 1.6 ever made. The gearbox is a six-speed manual.
There are no direct competitors, but its combination of light weight and high power means it will be competitive with some larger hot hatches. Expect it to be priced closer to the Honda Civic Type R than the Ford Fiesta ST, both of which are front-wheel drive, when it goes on sale towards the end of 2020. It will be a full production model, not a limited edition.
What makes a Toyota GR Yaris?
It’s an entirely new car, developed over three years and sharing very few components with the recently unveiled regular 2020 Yaris. It has several roles: sexing up Toyota’s largely frumpy image; re-energising Toyota’s engineers; and homologating the 2021 Yaris WRC car. Although the GR and the WRC car will be largely different under the skin, they will share the same general look, shape and size. Hence the three-door body and sloping roofline – 95mm lower at the rear – which gives the WRC aero team more scope to create an effective rear wing. ... https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-re...yota/gr-yaris/