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Toyota Unleashes Its Snow Monster: The New GR Yaris, a Rally-Born Road Warrior

Toyota has once again left the automotive world in awe with its latest marvel, the new Toyota GR Yaris. This isn’t just any car; it’s a high-octane, ice-conquering beast, engineered with the expertise of the Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team. With its roots firmly planted in the snow-laden landscapes of Finland, this rally-inspired powerhouse is ready to leave its mark on every terrain.

Under the hood, the GR Yaris roars to life with a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine, now ramped up to a formidable 280 DIN hp and a peak torque of 390 Nm. Gearheads, get ready for the brand new eight-speed Gazoo Racing Direct Automatic Transmission, offering the rapid shifting of a competition-standard gearbox.

The driver’s cockpit has been revamped, mirroring the layout of a race car, with digital instrumentation and strategically placed controls for optimum performance. This is not just a car; it’s a command center. The GR Yaris also boasts increased body rigidity and a strengthened suspension, ensuring it remains unflappable in any condition.

For those in Europe, the GR Yaris comes in a singular, no-holds-barred “Circuit” specification, complete with a powertrain cooling package. And for the true aficionados, there are the exclusive Ogier and Rovanperä special editions, developed by Toyota Gazoo Racing’s champion drivers.

This car is a testament to Toyota’s relentless pursuit of perfection through motorsport. The GR Yaris is not just born from the World Rally Championship; it’s a high-performance hatchback that embodies Toyota’s ethos of creating superior cars for both the race track and the road.

Toyota invites you to take the wheel of the new GR Yaris and experience its prowess on its home turf – the Finnish snow and ice. This car is more than just a machine; it’s a celebration of Toyota’s racing heritage, a tribute to the relentless pursuit of automotive excellence.

From its initial success at the Tokyo Auto Salon, the GR Yaris has evolved, thanks to Toyota’s unwavering commitment to improvement. More powerful, more responsive, and more engaging, this car is not just a driving experience; it’s a journey.

The new GR Yaris is not just a car; it’s a statement – a statement of power, of control, of unbridled passion for the road. Set to hit the European markets in Summer 2024, the GR Yaris is not just another addition to the hot-hatch segment. It’s the snow monster that’s ready to redefine it.


Length (mm)3,995
Width (mm)1,805
Height (mm)1,455
Wheelbase (mm)2,560
Track – front (mm)1,535
Track – rear (mm)1,565
Kerb weight (kg)1,2801,300 (GAZOO Racing Direct Automatic Transmission)
EngineIn-line 3-cylinder with turbocharger and intercooler
Bore x stroke (mm)87.5 x 89.7
Displacement (cc)1,618
Max. output (DIN hp/kW @ rpm))280/206 @ 6,500
Max. torque (Nm @ rpm)390 @ 3,250 – 4,600
Transmission6-speed iMT or 8-speed Gazoo Racing Direct Automatic Transmission
DrivetrainGR-FOUR AWD system, electronic multi-plate clutch AWD with three selectable modes
Differentials – front and rearTorsen LSD
Suspension – frontMacPherson strut
Suspension – rearDouble wishbone
Brakes – front14in (356 mm) ventilated discs with opposed 4-pot callipers
Brakes – rear11.7in (297 mm) ventilated discs with opposed 2-pot callipers
WheelsBBS 8J forged aluminium
Tyres225/40ZR18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
Fuel tank capacity (l)50
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