The Toyota GR Yaris is a banned fruit in the United States, despite being one of the most praised hot hatches in ages. In this video, Carwow takes one and challenges it against the latest iteration of the Mini John Cooper Works GP, which Americans can get.
The Toyota has a turbocharged 1.6-liter three-cylinder that produces 257 horsepower (192 kilowatts) and 266 pound-feet (360 Newton-meters) of torque. It goes through a six-speed manual to an all-wheel drive system. This one has the optional package which adds Torsen limited slip differentials to both axles. It’s a powerful little package.
In comparison, the Mini GP has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder developing 302 hp (225 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmits power to the front wheels and an integrated mechanical differential lock manages power from side to side.
Things start with a race from a standing start. The Yaris’ all-wheel drive gives it an early lead on a wet track, but it doesn’t last long. The Mini GP slowly makes the difference and ends up taking the lead.
Then there are several races from a roll, and these races really show the strengths of the Mini’s automatic transmission. It drops gears quickly, allowing the engine to quickly enter the maximum part of the power band. There is nothing the Toyota can do to keep up.
Finally, there is a brake test to see which car stops in a shorter distance. Despite its heavier weight than the Mini, the Toyota has impressive caps and is capable of securing a victory in this test.
Mini only builds 3,000 units of the new GP in the world. Assuming you can still find one in the US, prices start at $ 44,900.