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Everything you need to know about the Toyota GR Yaris

Toyota's road-going rally car hot hatch from Gazoo Racing - the Toyota GR Yaris.

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Toyota is set to build its first-ever AWD sports car and its first rally homologation model since 1999.

GR Yaris key statistics

ModelEnginePowerTorqueBody stylesRatingDriveaway price
Toyota GR Yaris1.6-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol200kW370NmHatchNot yet ratedNot published

New Toyota GR Yaris in white

Quick Toyota GR Yaris facts

GR is short for Gazoo Racing.

Toyota describes this special edition Yaris as a "rally car for the road". The reason for this is the car is a homologation model. Essentially, World Rally Championship RC1 rules require production-based models, so it's a common practice to create a production model that is a little closer to a racing car than it is a conventional commuter.

What to consider when buying a Toyota GR Yaris

Wanting to buy a GR Yaris? Here are some of the key things to take note of.

Price

There's no definite price for Australia announced as yet, though speculation seems to suggest that'll sit slightly higher than if this were from a competitor like Ford. For reference, Ford prices the Fiesta ST from $35,887 while the VW Polo GTI costs from $34,990. But neither of those vehicles give the option of AWD or can match the outright performance and power of the GR Yaris.

Trims

Toyota GR Yaris interior shot

Toyota is offering three trim grades in its debut market of Japan. Those are RZ, RZ First Edition and RZ High Performance First Edition. The latter has BBS forged alloy wheels and an increased performance envelope.

What's it like to drive?

A few fortunate motoring journalists have managed to get behind the wheel and needless to say, it sounds like a fun car to take a whirl in. Apparently, it's surprisingly calm and serene inside the passenger compartment. But unsurprisingly, it's nimble and eager to move off the mark and changes direction with predictable brevity, while still delivering a composed ride. Even when driving away from a circuit, motoring writers described it as decently comfortable and not cumbersome.

Toyota GR Yaris rear view

When does the GR Yaris launch?

The fourth quarter of 2020.

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