The Toyota GR Yaris is a reborn Lancer Evolution, WRC car by Tommi Makinen for the streets

Eric/Jan 10, 2020 10:53 AM

At the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon, Toyota has just unveiled the brand-new GR Yaris, its latest addition to the ever-growing GR line-up.

Toyota co-developed the GR Yaris with the help of Tommi Makinen Racing, with the goal of transforming the Yaris into a street-legal rally car.

2020 Toyota GR Yaris front view

The all-new GR Yaris is the culmination of the knowledge Toyota gained from competing in the World Rally Championship (WRC), and it shows.

2020 Toyota GR Yaris 4WD System

Underneath the pretty 3-door hatchback’s sheet metal is the same TNGA-B platform as the regular Yaris, albeit reworked to feature a GR Sports 4WD system and a fancy double-wishbone rear suspension set-up.

2020 Toyota GR Yaris front view

The GR Sports 4WD system also comes with a 4WD mode switch that allows drivers to toggle between several modes – Normal, Sport, Track – with the difference being the distribution of torque to the front and rear wheels.

2020 Toyota GR Yaris engine

Then there’s the powertrain – the GR Yaris features a brand-new G16E-GTS 1.6-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that does a whopping 272 PS and 370 Nm.

Never mind the predecessor Yaris GRMN (212 PS, 250 Nm), the all-new GR Yaris is now the most powerful subcompact hatchback, beating the Ford Fiesta ST (200 PS, 290 Nm) and Volkswagen Polo GTI (200 PS, 320 Nm).

2020 Toyota GR Yaris rear view

A customary 6-speed manual is the sole transmission option, fitted with iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) that allows for seamless rev-matching.

0-100 km/h numbers were not provided by Toyota, but they did mention that the all-new GR Yaris boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 4.706 kg/PS, beating the Fiesta ST (6.5 kg/PS) and Polo GTI (6.78 kg/PS).

2020 Toyota GR Yaris interior

The interior is just as special as the exterior - you get body-hugging bucket seats, various GR emblems scattered throughout, and a sportier meter cluster.

Toyota will be building the all-new GT Yaris at its Motomachi plant – the very same plant that produced the legendary Lexus LFA.

2020 Toyota GR Yaris side view

Two variants of the all-new GR Yaris are available at launch, the RZ and RZ High Performance. Prices start from an eye-watering JPY 3.96 million (~RM 148k), all the way up to JPY 4.56 million (~RM 170k) for the RZ High Performance.

2020 Toyota GR Yaris interior view

For the sake of reference, the Honda Civic Type R (itself one segment above the GR Yaris), is priced at JPY 4.5 million (~RM 167k). 

Now, who said good things come cheap?

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