Toyota has revealed the upcoming high-performance variant of the Yaris will be powered by a 1.8-litre supercharged engine with more than 205bhp

The Toyota Yaris GRMN hot hatch has been revealed, and is on display at the Geneva motor show.

It has been confirmed that it will be powered by a 1.8-litre supercharged engine that produces more than 205bhp, which makes it more powerful than most of its turbocharged rivals, including the Ford Fiesta ST200.

Toyota's hot hatch takes the GRMN name of Toyota's Gazoo rallying outfit's special edition Toyota road cars. Previous GRMN models, including the GT86, 2013-spec Yaris (Vitz) and the iQ, were exclusively sold in Japan.

Read more: What does 'Gazoo' mean?

The class average 0-62mph time is between 6.5sec and 7.0sec, although the car's extra power could mean that a time of nearer to 6.0sec could be possible.

Despite other cars in the class turning to five-door only body styles, the hot Yaris will be offered as a three-door only, and the Yaris itself will get both body styles. 

The hot Yaris remains true to the sketch released by Toyota upon the car's announcement, with coloured graphics on the sides of the car, large, black-coloured alloys and a black boot spoiler. There's also a large central exhaust integrated into the rear bumper, and aggressive front styling. The reveal does confirm that the Yaris will adopt the distinctive manga-cartoon styling of the Aygo model, with an adapted version of its X motif across the fascia.

The model will rival a growing number of hot hatches and regular superminis, with the advent of a new Volkswagen Polo and its GTI variant, ever-rumoured Nissan Micra Nismo, and new Ford Fiesta, along with the Fiesta ST.

The new standard Toyota Yaris has been revealed - see it here

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12 January 2017 being stuck behind some FART - Forty All the Ruddy Time (irrespective of the prevailing speed limit) driving one.

On a serious note, is this car an answer to a question nobody asked?

12 January 2017
Despite all the hullabaloo of performance and excitement from Mr Toyoda and his teams it seems to me that whilst their new products (I include this Yaris and their Juke rival for stupidity) have both failed badly to hit the sweet spot. 6.0 secs and supposedly 200 BHP plus. Did someone forget to take the handbrake off? Their Juke silly is great inside and I like that but the outside is a bugger to clean and the performance of a sick snail

what's life without imagination

12 January 2017
Just look at it: still looking unbalanced after this one-more facelift. And by the way, the amount of facelifts TOYOTA now makes on every car, renders the TPS and their Lean principles to the bin. How many part-numbers are they managing just for basic items? There must be plenty of work to do at the warehouses.

Now lets just hope this one only gets the CVT with stepping software for Japan.

12 January 2017
I've been waiting for ages for a car like this - a true hot hatch from a manufacturer with a good reputation for reliability and customer care.

Good to see it's a proper hot hatch too and not a cynical warmed up "all show and no go" car.

The only disappointment is that it appears to be based on a mild restyle of the current model, so might carry over some of the current car's dated flaws - and I'm not keen on spending a lot of money on a car that might be replaced by an all-new model shortly afterwards.

To all those that associate the Toyota brand with 'old farts' I suggest you look at some of their past motoring heritage. Winston Wolfe drives a Toyota too - albeit with a fake engine roar :-D


Everyone has a right to an opinion - don't confuse that with insulting your mother :-)

21 February 2017
Woah... When was the last time Toyota made an performance hatchback? Toyota Starlet GTi? I hope it will move as fast and handles better than the VW Golf GTi.

de_design2  l  Exclusively Bespoke®

21 February 2017
@gavsmit: No fear. The last "all new" toyota was the 1936 model AA

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