The new Toyota GR Yaris not only packs the performance to mix it with much bigger machines, it’s also set to be one of the most affordable hot hatches on the market. With an on-the-road starting price that nudges below £30,000, it’s newly available to customers with finance deals from zero per cent APR representative.
The offers make GR Yaris an even more appealing prospect as the car is readied for arrival in UK showrooms from October 2020.
New Toyota GR Yaris: PCP finance options
There are two PCP finance options available: 0% APR representative over 24 months, or 1.9% APR representative over 42 months.
For the GR Yaris at £29,995, these rates give monthly payments from £269. For customers choosing the higher-specification GR Yaris Circuit Pack at £33,495, the monthly payment amount is from £299.
These offers compare favourably with GR Yaris’s competitors – with its three-cylinder 1.6 turbo engine producing 257bhp for 0-62mph in less than 5.5 seconds, its performance rivals are C-segment models rather than hot hatches, such as the Honda Civic Type R and the Renault Mégane RS 280.
New Toyota GR Yaris: how to pre-order
Online pre-orders are being taken for our all-wheel-drive performance car.
Pre-ordering is a simple three-step process. Step one is to set up a MyToyota account. Step two is to choose the grade and colour of your GR Yaris. Step three is to pay the reservation fee and nominate your chosen dealer who will take care of details such as finance options, insurance and delivery.
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|GR YARIS KEY SPECIFICATIONS|
|GR Yaris – £29,995||GR Yaris with Circuit Pack – £33,495|
|18-inch alloy wheels (15 spoke) with 225/40 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 tyres, GR-Four all-wheel drive system, GR suspension, GR Ultrasuede sport seats, GR leather steering wheel, dual exhaust pipes, smart entry, active noise control, eight-inch multimedia screen with DAB, six speakers, reversing camera, adaptive LED headlights, front LED fog lights, auto wipers, auto-retractable door mirrors, MacPherson strut front suspension, double wishbone rear suspension, privacy glass, eCall||In addition: two Torsen limited-slip differentials, red brake calipers, 18-inch forged alloy wheels (ten spoke) with 225/40 Michelin Pilot Sport 4s tyres, circuit-tuned GR suspension|
|GR YARIS EXTERIOR SPECIFICATION|
|Auto-retractable door mirrors, auto wipers, auto headlights with follow-me-home function, automatic headlight cut-off, smart entry and push-button start, shark fin antenna, gloss black GR front bumper, body-colour rear bumper, black door mirrors, body-colour door handles, GR lower grille, black rear spoiler, privacy glass on rear and back windows, GR badges, carbon fibre roof wrap, tyre repair kit, dual exhaust pipes|
|GR YARIS INTERIOR SPECIFICATION|
|GR floor mats, leather gear knob, leather gear gaiter with red stitching, leather handbrake with red stitching, door scuff plates, satin chrome interior door handles, aluminium pedals, piano black side air vents, three-spoke leather steering wheel with GR logo|
|GR YARIS INTERIOR COMFORT SPECIFICATION|
|Dual-zone automatic air conditioning, GR-Four all-wheel drive switch, electro chromatic auto-dimming rear-view mirror, colour TFT information display, power steering, manual tilt and slide steering wheel, 12v power socket (front), soft tonneau cover|
|GR YARIS SEAT SPECIFICATION|
|GR Ultrasuede front sport seats, manual slide adjustment, manual height adjustment (driver), 60:40 split-folding rear seats, front and rear (two) headrests|
|GR YARIS MULTIMEDIA SPECIFICATION|
|DAB radio, eight-inch multimedia screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, multimedia controls on steering wheel, six speakers, USB connector, microphone on front personal light|
|GR YARIS SAFETY SPECIFICATION|
|Driver and passenger front and side air bags, immobiliser, ABS, Brake Assist, Lane Trace Assist, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, reversing camera, Adaptive High Beam, LED daytime running lights, LED front fog lights, LED adaptive headlights, rear fog lights, ISOFIX child restraint system, eCall emergency call system, red-painted brake calipers (Circuit Pack only)|
Officially revealed at the Tokyo Auto Salon in Japan in January 2020, our rally inspired performance car offers unique styling, a three-door body shell and a powerful 257bhp, 1.6-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder engine.
With a six-speed manual gearbox and advanced four-wheel drive chassis, the car is the product of the design and engineering skills of Toyota Gazoo Racing and Tommi Mäkinen Racing, and is a new top-of-the-range model with the heart and soul of a rally car.
All the credentials are there for delivering exhilarating performance for the road
Just as the Celica GT-Four was the road-going equivalent of our Group A Celica rally cars in the Nineties, the GR Yaris serves as the official homologation model for the development of the next Yaris WRC car. In fact, in reference to its illustrious predecessors and their all-wheel drive technology, the GR Yaris features a GR-Four logo on the tailgate.
As this post will explain, every aspect of the car has a performance focus. All the credentials are there for competition success and for delivering exhilarating performance as a super-hot hatch for the road.
Toyota GR Yaris: development
The WRC-skilled designers and engineers at Tommi Mäkinen Racing focused on perfecting the three key performance-enhancing areas of aerodynamics, weight and weight distribution.
A lower roofline improves the car’s ability to cut through the air. Meanwhile, positioning the new 1.6-litre turbocharged engine further towards the centre of the car and locating the battery in the boot optimises chassis balance for improved handling, stability and responsiveness. Reinforcements beneath the side members ensure optimal suspension performance.
The three-door bodyshell is made from lightweight materials including compression moulded carbon fibre polymer, while aluminium is used for the bonnet, doors and tailgate. As a result, the GR Yaris weighs 1280kg and has a power-to-weight ratio of 5.0kg per bhp.
Learn more: Road test reviews of GR Yaris prototypes
Toyota GR Yaris: design
The new GR Yaris is unique among its siblings in being built with a three-door body. The roof is lowered by 91mm and the doors are frameless, which gives the car the silhouette of a coupe.
At the front the grille design and spoiler express the car’s authentic GR status, while at the rear the wide stance and muscular wings accommodate 18-inch alloy wheels.
Toyota GR Yaris: all-new 1.6-litre turbo engine
The engine in the GR Yaris is an all-new, 1618cc three-cylinder turbocharged unit with double overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. It features a single-scroll ball-bearing turbo and is equipped with motorsport technologies to maximise performance. These include multi-oil jet piston cooling, large diameter exhaust valves and a part-machined intake port. The compact and lightweight engine is matched to a six-speed manual transmission, engineered to accommodate high levels of torque.
The light weight of the GR Yaris allied to this engine helps the car deliver 0-62mph acceleration in less than 5.5 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 143mph.
Toyota GR Yaris: GR-Four all-wheel drive system
A key element of the driving performance of the GR Yaris is its new GR-Four all-wheel drive system, which governs torque distribution to each wheel through a high-response coupling.
This simple and lightweight system uses different gear ratios for each axle and allows a theoretical range of front/rear torque balance from 100:0 (full front-wheel drive) to 0:100 (full rear-wheel drive). Such flexibility gives a performance advantage over on-demand all-wheel drive systems with twin-couplings and permanent systems with a centre differential.
The driver can adjust four-wheel drive performance to suit their preference or driving situation using a 4WD mode dial. Normal mode distributes torque in a 60:40 split between front and rear; Sport mode shifts the balance rearward with 30:70 distribution; while Track mode equalises the torque at 50:50 for fast, competitive driving on circuits and special stages. In each mode, the torque balance is automatically adjusted in response to driver inputs, vehicle behaviour and road or track conditions.
The optional Circuit Pack with two Torsen limited-slip differentials can also be specified to manage the split between left- and right-side wheels for even greater control.
Performance-tuned suspension and 18-inch forged alloy wheels with 225/40 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres also feature.
Toyota GR Yaris: dedicated platform and chassis
The GR Yaris has a new, dedicated platform that combines the front end of Toyota’s GA-B platform – which will make its first appearance in the all-new Yaris model in 2020 – with the rear of the GA-C platform found in the Corolla and C-HR. This hybridisation allows for a new suspension design and accommodation of the GR-Four all-wheel drive system, while contributing to excellent stability and handling.
Where the standard new Yaris uses a torsion beam rear suspension, the GR Yaris has a more sophisticated double wishbone set-up optimised for performance. A MacPherson strut system is used at the front.
The performance braking system features large, 356mm grooved front discs with four-pot calipers together with 297mm ventilated rear discs with two-pot calipers. The set-up is engineered to cope with rigorous demands of high-speed track and special stage driving with high-level heat capacity.
Toyota GR Yaris: Motomachi production centre
Production of the new GR Yaris has been arranged on a new, dedicated line at our Motomachi plant. Instead of using a traditional conveyor system, the body and assembly lines comprise a number of different cells connected by automatic guided vehicles.
A large number of manual processes are required during production, for which Toyota employs a specialist team. The factory design and the talents of the workforce allow for high-precision assembly to levels that are hard to achieve on standard production lines.
Toyota GR Yaris technical specifications
|Type||In-line, 3 cylinders|
|Valve mechanism||DOHC 12-valve with VVT-i|
|Fuel system||D4S direct and indirect injection|
|Bore x stroke (mm)||87.5 x 89.7|
|Max. power (bhp/DIN hp/kW)||257/261/192|
|Max. torque (Nm)||360|
|Emissions level||Euro 6d temp|
|All-wheel drive system||GR-Four|
|Power-to-weight ratio (kg/bhp, kg/DIN hp, kg/kW)||5.0, 4.9, 6.7|
|Max. speed (mph)||143 (electronically limited)|
|Front suspension||MacPherson strut|
|Rear suspension||Double wishbone|
|Steering||Rack and pinion, electric power steering|
|Min. turning circle (m)||10.8|
|Front (diameter, mm)||Ventilated discs (356) with four-pot calipers|
|Rear (diameter, mm)||Ventilated discs (297) with two-pot calipers|
|Type||Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050
Michelin Pilot Sport 4s (option)
|DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT|
|Overall length (mm)||3,995|
|Overall width (mm)||1,805|
|Overall height (mm)||1,460|
|Front track (mm)||1,530|
|Rear track (mm)||1,560|
|Kerb weight (without driver, kg)||1,280|