The Toyota GR Yaris is 1 of the hottest hatchbacks ever made. Created arsenic a homologation request for the WRC rally car, it's got a bespoke two-door body, a raucous 268-horsepower, turbo three-cylinder engine, a drift-happy all-wheel-drive strategy and a motorsport-derived chassis. But that evidently wasn't enough, arsenic connected Friday Toyota unveiled a caller limited-run mentation called the GRMN Yaris astatine the Tokyo Auto Salon, and it's freakin' awesome.
Toyota says the GRMN Yaris was developed with the assistance of existent contention car drivers and motorsport engineers. The rear spot has been ditched and the beforehand seats are replaced with Recaro buckets that person integrated broadside airbags. Carbon-fiber reinforced integrative is utilized connected the hood, extortion and rear spoiler for a full value simplification of 44 pounds compared to a regular GR Yaris. The GRMN Yaris besides gets much spot welds for stronger assemblage rigidity, a mechanical limited-slip differential, and a close-ratio transmission with a little last cogwheel and stronger components. Toyota says the GRMN is 0.4 inches wider and 0.4 inches little than a mean GR Yaris for a amended halfway of gravity, and it has somewhat much torque arsenic well.
A Circuit bundle volition beryllium disposable from the mill and has modifications derived from the Yaris that races successful the Super Taikyu series. It adds 18-inch BBS wheels, bigger brakes, Bilstein shocks with adjustable dampers, and a caller beforehand splitter, broadside skirts and ample rear helping that's also made from carbon-fiber reinforced plastic. Each Circuit bundle car volition beryllium finished successful peculiar Matte Steel paint, and it's constricted to conscionable 50 units.
But adjacent much breathtaking is the Rally package, which consists of dealer-installed accessories. The Rally battalion includes a rotation cage, antithetic shocks, caller stabilizers and skid plates. One of Toyota's photos besides shows a Rally battalion car that has the Circuit pack's wing, smaller wheels with off-road tires and mud flaps, though nary info is fixed astir those parts.
Only 500 units of the GRMN Yaris volition beryllium sold, with each allocations to beryllium assigned done an online lottery that opens today. Customers volition beryllium capable to instrumentality vantage of caller Upgrade and Personalization programs, with the erstwhile offering caller parts and bundle updates astatine GR dealerships and the second providing unsocial tuning and optimization based connected driver-specific information astatine contention tracks. And for those that already ain a regular GR Yaris, Toyota volition merchantability immoderate of the GRMN's parts starting this fall.
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