With the first units of the GR Yaris set to be delivered in late 2020 and early 2021, Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division has launched a selection of upgrades for the mean little hot hatch in Japan.
The most striking part is the new body kit that consists of the front and rear spoiler extensions, side skirts and sporty quad exhaust pipes. Special stripes, GR logos, carbon fiber license plate frames and valve caps are also available, alongside a front strut tower bar with red edges.
A host of visual upgrades are available inside and they include the carbon fiber-like inserts for the dashboard and door cards, exclusive floor mats and luggage compartment map. There is also a data recording device that can be plugged into the USB port, allowing drivers to read the information by using a dedicated app.
The 1.6-liter turbocharged engine remains stock, but it pumps out a very impressive (for a subcompact hatchback) 268 HP (272 PS / 200 kW) and 273 pound-feet (370 Nm) of torque in the version sold in the Land of the Rising Sun. The Euro-spec model packs the same three-pot, but with 257 HP (261 PS / 192 kW) and 166 lb-ft( 360 Nm). The mill is matched to a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive, allowing the GR Yaris to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.5 seconds, from a standstill, and a 143 mph (230 km/h) limited top speed.
UK pricing starts at £29,995 ($39,563) and in Germany, it can be had from €33,200 ($39,257). The supermini hot hatch will not arrive in the United States.