Toyota has shown the final version of the 257bhp GR Yaris hot hatch, the second model in its GR sports car line, in Europe for the first time.
The machine, which was developed based on knowledge from the firm's World Rally Championship programme, was revealed at the Tokyo Auto Salon in Japan earlier this month and has now been shown at a Toyota brand event in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The highly anticipated four-wheel-drive GR Yaris, which Autocar drove in camoflagued prototype form in Portugal last month, has been developed by Gazoo Racing in Japan as a ‘homologation special’ to aid development of the next-generation Yaris WRC. Tommi Mäkinen Racing, which runs Toyota’s WRC programme, had significant input into the model.
The GR Yaris joins the GR Supra in Toyota's growing performance line-up. At the launch, Gazoo Racing boss Shigeki Tomoyama said: “While the new GR Supra is a sports car developed through track racing, the GR Yaris has been devised through our participation in rallies – something that many of our fans have been waiting for.”
The GR Yaris is built on a special four-wheel-drive version of Toyota’s TNGA architecture, with the front end of the GA-B small car platform – as used on the new Yaris – and the rear from the GA-C, as used on the larger Corolla.
Compared with the regular Yaris, the new machine has an entirely different body, with a lower roof, three doors instead of five and significantly reworked bodywork to aid aerodynamics.
The GR Yaris is 3995mm long and 1805mm wide, with a wheelbase of 2558mm. The front track is 1530mm and the rear track is 1560mm.