Just a few weeks before its official debut at the 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon this January, Toyota announced the specifications of the GR Yaris (previously codenamed Yaris GR-4).
First of all, the model is based on a new platform which combines elements from the GA-B (Yaris) and the GA-C (Corolla) and was developed by Toyota Gazoo Racing with extensive testing in Japan, Finland and at the Nurburgring. Suspension consists of MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link rear axle. The three-door bodystyle was selected as the best fit for the WRC racecar, (unlike the rest of the Toyota Yaris range with five-door bodystyle).
Under the bonnet there is a three-cylinder 1.6-litre turbocharged engine producing around 250 hp and 350 Nm of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox sends the power to all four wheels. Depending on the driving profile selection, power is transmitted with different front/rear ratios – Normal (60/40), Sport (30/70) and Track (50/50). Thanks to all that, the new GR Yaris will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 5.5″.
The GR Yaris will sit between the B-Segment and the C-Segment hot hatches, with premium pricing and very competitive performance figures. Stay tuned to hothatch.com.au for more information about the upcoming GR Yaris.