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Ever wondered what a Toyota Yaris might be like with over 250 braked horses beneath the bonnet? No, we hadn't either. But Toyota has made one anyway, this wild GR Yaris. It's a rather unique confection....


The GR Yaris hot hatch shows Toyota's extreme side. Jonathan Crouch takes a look...

Ten Second Review

Ever wondered what a Toyota Yaris might be like with over 250 braked horses beneath the bonnet? No, we hadn't either. But Toyota has made one anyway, this wild GR Yaris. It's a rather unique confection....


This car is actually rather significant, the first true performance model developed entirely in-house by Toyota in more than 20 years. We've had quick models from the brand in that time, but only with outside assistance; the GT86 (developed with Subaru) and the GR Supra (co-created with BMW). The GR Yaris in contrast, is entirely the work of Toyota's Gazoo Racing performance division, hence the 'GR' moniker. There was a wild version of the last Yaris too, the Yaris GRMN, but this car is quite a bit more powerful, now has 4WD and will be made in much greater numbers. Its purpose is to aid homologation the next generation Yaris World Rally Car, at the same time as boosting the image of the freshly launched fourth-generation Yaris supermini. Chief engineer Naohiko Saito couldn't believe his luck when Toyota asked him and his team to create a Yaris like no other. He's done exactly that.

Driving Experience

This, the second Toyota GR Motorsport-influenced product, is quite differently orientated to the first. Whereas the GR Supra is a sports car developed through track racing, the GR Yaris is a model engineered through participation in rallying. A car very much in the mould performance classics of the past like Subaru's Impreza WRX and the Mitsubishi Evo. Those cars used 2.0-litre engines but units of that size wouldn't fit in the Yaris - and anyway would be too heavy. Even the 1.6-litre powerplant that is used here has just three cylinders - but it packs quite a turbo punch; 257bhp, 360Nm and 62mph from rest in just 5.5s. The old Yaris GRMN, for reference, put out 209bhp. This GR Yaris's powertrain is mated to a 6-speed 'IMT' 'Intelligent Manual Transmission' stick shift gearbox with permanent four-wheel drive provided by the brand's latest GR-Four system. This features a multi-plate clutch delivering power to all four wheels via three pre-set torque distribution levels; 'Normal' has a 60:40-split front-to-rear; 'Sport' pushes nearly all the power to the back 30:70; and 'Track' has an equal 50:50-split. There are big brakes too - 356mm grooved front brake discs featuring 4-pot calipers. And a set of sticky tyres too - either Dunlop Sport Maxx or Michelin Pilot Sport rubber. Plus the regular Yaris model's basic torsion beam rear suspension is replaced by a more sophisticated double wishbone set-up.

Design and Build

Engineer Naohiko Saito was put under pressure here to retain the regular Yaris model's 5-door body shell, but he wasn't having it, holding out for the stiffer, bespoke 3-door body that no other Yaris model in the range can have. Rally homologation rules required this body shell to closely follow that of the ordinary production Yaris but within that brief, the design team were still able to make a few other changes. The roofline for example, could be substantially lower and the rear could feature a much wider track, with beefier rear wheel arches. Weight saving was a massive consideration, which is why some of the body parts (intentionally) flex to the touch. The panels make extensive use of carbon fibre and aluminium, which is why the car weighs in at only 1,280kg. Underneath it all, the platform this car sits on shares only the front end from the ordinary Yaris model's GA-B chassis; the rear end uses the bigger GA-C underpinnings from the larger Corolla hatch.

Market and Model

Would you pay £30,000 or more for a Toyota Yaris? Apparently, quite a lot of people would because Toyota reports great interest in its UK GR Yaris allocation. Three versions are available: the standard GR Yaris, priced at around £32,000; the GR Yaris Convenience Pack, at around £34,500; and the GR Yaris Circuit Pack, at around £36,000. The standard variant comes with 18-inch alloy wheels shod with Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres plus dual-exit exhaust pipes, a leather steering wheel, keyless entry and active noise control. The more track-orientated 'Circuit Pack' variant adds a pair of limited slip differentials, red brake calipers, tuned suspension and stickier Michelin Pilot Sport tyres. Both variants come with white paint standard, but customers can choose red, black or silver finishes as an option. Obviously, there are lots of supermini hot hatch rivals that cost substantially less - the Ford Fiesta ST and the MINI Cooper S come to mind. But none of them will feel as special or as race-ready as this wild Yaris. It'll sell to the kind of person who might otherwise have chosen something like Honda Civic Type R.

Cost of Ownership

If you're buying this car, you won't give two hoots about fuel economy and CO2 emissions. For reference though, you'll probably be averaging about 25-30mpg in regular use - provided you don't continually floor the thing. And if you resist the temptation to do that on a regular basis, then you probably shouldn't have bought this car in the first place. The car is covered by the usual comprehensive five year/100,000 mile Toyota warranty. the CO2 figure is rated at 186g/km.


There's nothing remotely sensible about this car - and that's probably why its small band of loyal buyers will like it. There are lots of supermini hot hatches that on paper seem a no-brainer choice over a pricey GR Yaris. But on the road, none of them will feel as raw or perhaps as exciting. This is as close as Toyota Gazoo Racing can get to bringing you a Yaris World Championship Rally car fettled for road use. More power to them.

  • Rear window defogger
  • Auto windscreen wipers
  • Front auto power windows with anti jam protection
  • Rear auto power windows with anti jam protection
  • Privacy glass on rear and back windows

  • Start holding control
  • Open differential lock
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Emergency brake light system (EBS)
  • Anti lock brake system with Brake Assist

  • GR floor mats

  • MacPherson front suspension
  • Double wishbone rear suspension
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

  • Apple car play/Android Auto

  • Pre-collision system (PCS)
  • Intelligent adaptive cruise control
  • Lane trace assist
  • Power Steering
  • Reversing camera
  • Emergency steering assist
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA) switch on steering wheel

  • eCall emergency system

  • Coloured TFT multi informational display
  • Road sign assist - RSA

  • Automatically retractable door mirrors
  • Black contrasting colour door mirrors
  • Auto dimming eletrochromatic rear view mirror
  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors

  • USB connection
  • DAB Digital radio
  • 6 speakers
  • 8" Multimedia display touch screen
  • Toyota touch 2 multimedia system

  • Body coloured rear bumper
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Black rear spoiler
  • Dual exhaust pipes
  • Door scuff plates
  • Piano black side air vents
  • GR badges 1 front, 1 rear and 2 sides
  • Carbon fibre roof wrap
  • Chrome centre cap surrounds
  • Air intakes for brake cooling
  • Gloss black GR front bumper
  • GR lower front grille

  • Automatic headlights
  • Adaptive high beam assist
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Follow me home headlights
  • LED fog lights
  • Adaptive LED Headlights
  • LED rear combination lights
  • LED High mounted stop lamp
  • Automatic headlights cut-off
  • Integrated LED indicators in door mirrors

  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning
  • Clean air filter
  • Pollen filter

  • 3 spoke leather sports steering wheel
  • Leather gearshift
  • Leather handbrake
  • Tilt/telescopic steering column
  • Aluminium pedals
  • Red stitching on handbrake lever
  • Satin chrome interior door handles
  • Front cup holders
  • 12v socket in front
  • Soft tonneau cover
  • Front bottle holders
  • Red stitching on gearshift
  • GR logo on steering wheel
  • GR Ultrasuede leather upholstery
  • Multimedia switch on steering wheel

  • Microphone on front personal light
  • Front map light

  • Driver and passenger side airbags
  • Front passenger airbag on/off switch
  • Rear seat belt reminder
  • Tyre pressure warning system
  • Front seatbelt reminder
  • Airbags - driver and front passenger
  • Rear passenger airbag

  • Manual slide adjustable on driver's and passenger seats
  • Driver and passenger headrests
  • Isofix child rear seat restraints
  • 2 rear head restraints
  • Front sports seats
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat

  • Keyless smart entry with push button start
  • Alarm/immobiliser

  • GR-Four AWD switch

  • Driver's sun visor with vanity mirror
  • Ticket holder on driver's sun visor

  • 18" 15 spoke Dunlop SP sport black alloy wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 231
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 178
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 163
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 194
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 186

  • Engine Code: G16E-GTS
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 87.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 89.7
  • CC: 1618
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 27.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 36
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 32.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 34.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 10.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.2

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 86
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 81
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 78
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 85
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 257
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.6
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 35P
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: N
  • Coin Description: N

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.5
  • Engine Power - BHP: 257
  • Engine Power - PS: False
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • Engine Power - KW: 192
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 266
  • Engine Torque - NM: 360
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3000
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 36.7

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Wheel Style: 15 SPOKE
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R18

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1455
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 3995
  • Width: 1805
  • Wheelbase: 2560

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1280
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 5.31
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1645
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 141
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50

  • Metallic paint: £585
  • Pearlescent paint: £880
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Metallic - Precious black: £585

  • Pearl - Platinum white: £880
  • Pearl - Scarlet flare: £880

  • Solid - Pure white: £0

  • GR Ultrasuede leather - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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