New Toyota GR Yaris will receive a 257-horsepower engineSeptember 2, 2020
In the fall in the UK will begin deliveries of all-wheel drive vehicles of the Japanese brand.
The 257 hp Toyota GR Yaris, the second model in the GR sports car lineup, has entered production at a new dedicated plant in Japan ahead of launch in October.
The first production prototype left the new GR line last week following the introduction of a new vehicle assembly system that consists of a series of individual cells connected by self-driving vehicles. Toyota says this method is more suitable than conventional conveyor belt systems.
The GR Yaris was recently available for pre-order starting at £ 29,995 before going to market.
Interested buyers are encouraged to choose between the standard variant, which features 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Dunlop Sport Maxx tires, dual exhaust tailpipes, a leather steering wheel, keyless accessory and active noise control as standard, or the Hardcore Circuit Pack variant by priced at £ 33,495 with an additional pair of limited slip differentials, red brake calipers, Michelin Pilot sports tires and a tuned suspension with improved dynamics.
Both models are painted white as standard, with options available in red, black and silver. Deliveries are due to start in November.
The new hot hatchback was developed by Gazoo Racing in Japan as a special homologation to help develop the next generation Yaris WRC. Tommi Mäkinen Racing, who manages the Toyota World Rally Championship program, made a significant contribution to the development of the model.
GR Yaris joins GR Supra in Toyota’s growing lineup. At the car presentation, Gazoo Racing boss Shigeki Tomoyama said: “While the new GR Supra is a sports car inspired by track racing, the GR Yaris was developed through our rally participation – something that many of our fans have been waiting for.”
The GR Yaris is built on a special all-wheel-drive version of the Toyota TNGA architecture, with the front end of the small car GA-B platform used on the new Yaris and the rear end from the GA-C of the larger Corolla.
Compared to the regular Yaris, the new car has a completely different body, with a lower roof, three doors instead of five, and a significantly redesigned body to improve aerodynamics.
The GR Yaris is 3995mm long, 1805mm wide and has a 2558mm wheelbase. The wheelbase is 1530 mm at the front and 1560 mm at the rear.
The body widely uses carbon fiber, polymer and aluminum to reduce weight. It also includes a significantly wider rear track than the regular Yaris and new double wishbone rear suspension. Curb weight – 1280kg.
Toyota has confirmed that the new GR Yaris will receive a turbocharged 1.6-liter three-cylinder unit with 257 hp. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission (IMT) with permanent all-wheel drive provided by Toyota’s new GR-Four system. The GR Yaris features 356mm grooved front disc brakes with four-piston calipers.
Pre-orders for the hot hatchback are already open in Japan, where it is initially offered in limited edition RZ First Edition and RZ High Performance First Edition. Both models feature improved body styles and features and other design features.
The GR Yaris will be produced on a dedicated Gazoo Racing line at Toyota’s manufacturing facility in Motomachi, Japan, which uses a large number of manual processes.
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