When Toyota unveiled its GR GT3 concept and “hardcore” GR Yaris last week, it certainly caught our eye. Of the two, the GRMN Yaris is the star of the show, and not just because it’s the one you can actually buy. Technically speaking, only 500 people will buy one, but it’s still something you might see in public. Especially if you find yourself on racing tracks or rally stages.
First up, here’s what you absolutely need to know. As you might expect, the GRMN Yaris is thinner, stiffer, and sharper, but surprisingly, not more powerful. Its turbocharged 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine still produces the same 268 horsepower (200 kilowatts) available in the Japanese model, with the GRMN Yaris. The upgrades instead focus on weight reduction, unibody stiffening, shorter gearing, and cosmetic tweaks to make sure no one confuses this car for a normal sedan. That is, unless you opt for the Circuit Package, which we’ll talk about in more detail in a moment.
What exactly are these changes? Toyota claims that the GRMN Yaris is 44 pounds (20 kilograms) lighter while having greater stiffness in the body. Carbon fiber is used for the hood, roof and rear spoiler, and the rear seat is also removed. For added strength, there are 565 more solder points compared to the GR Yaris. The GRMN version is also about half an inch wider, half an inch lower, and it has a six-speed manual transmission with closer gear ratios. There is also a mechanical limited slip differential.
This is what you get with the standard Yaris GRMN. For those looking for a little more action, the Circuit package improves the suspension with adjustable Bilstein shocks, adds bigger brakes, includes special 18-inch wheels, and improves the exterior with side skirts and a rear spoiler. lip. However, only 50 of these packages will be offered for sale. Compare that to the Rallye package, which Toyota lists as a dealer installed choice for any Yaris GRMN. It includes a set of GR shocks and short stabilizer links, a set of GR lower guards and a GR roll bar.
Toyota will also be offering at least some of the GMRN Yaris upgrades separately to GR Yaris owners in the fall. As for the GRMN edition, reservations are now open via a lottery system since only 500 are available. Deliveries start in summer; prices start at 7,317,000, which works out to about $ 64,000.