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Toyota: Sports genes for the GR Yaris

23. 01. 20.

Toyota: Sports genes for the GR Yaris

Despite being a champion of hybrid propulsion, Toyota is going wild with its GR Yaris.

While the new generations of Peugeot 208 and Renault Clio are losing their sport GTI and RS models, with restrictions on CO2 emissions, Toyota is challenging convention.

It was thanks to Toyota’s involvement in WRC Rallies that the GR Yaris was born. In order to achieve homologation for the new Yaris WRC, designed to maintain the pilot/co-pilot title in 2020, Toyota developed an ultra-sporty road version that will be commercialised at the end of 2020.

 

The Toyota GR Yaris is built on the GA-B platform from the latest Yaris. It’s probably the only point in common that the GR shares with the average city car. Because for the rest, the Japanese engineers have gone full out. The 3-door body of the GR Yaris is specifically designed and demonstrates excellent aerodynamic performance and weight distribution. The roof is built with carbon fibre-reinforced plastic and uses aluminium for the hood, trunk lid, and door panels. The total weight of the vehicle is 1280 kg.

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Special focus was also placed on the chassis as the rear suspension of the GR Yaris borrows the double wishbone set-up of the Corolla and, for the first time for the Japanese city car, power is sent via all-wheel drive. The driver can influence the behaviour of this hot hatch by modifying the torque distribution on the front/back axels: 60/40 for Normal mode, 30/70 for Sports mode and 50/50 for the racetrack. Toyota is offering options which include a circuit package with front and rear Torsen limited-slip differentials, a performance-tuned suspension, as well as 18-inch forged alloy wheels.

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Under the hood the GR Yaris has an unprecedented turbocharged 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine. The motor was developed using knowledge gleaned from its years in competition. The advanced engine features multi-oil jet piston cooling, large exhaust valves and a part-machined intake port. Toyota announces 261 hp and 360 Nm of torque. Power to weight ratio of 4,9 kg/ch allows it to go from 0 to 100 km/h in 5,5 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 230 km/h.

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The launch of the Toyota GR Yaris is scheduled for the second half of 2020, for a currently unknown price.