New Toyota Yaris GRMN Supercharged With 205HP Gets In On The Hot-Hatch Action

Toyota has been promising for some time to release a hot hatch, and that’s just what it’s done at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show with the introduction of the new Yaris GRMN.

Tuned by the Japanese automaker’s performance division (Gazoo Racing, Masters of the Nürburgring), the hot new Yaris is envisioned as the road-going counterpart to the rally machine Toyota fields in the WRC.

Motivation comes, as promised, from a forced-induction 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine. But where most of its rivals are turbocharged, the Yaris GRMN goes with a supercharger. 205 horsepower gallop as a result to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. No fancypants DSGs or trick all-wheel drive systems here.

True to the division’s name, the new hot hatch was honed on the Nürburgring Nordshleife. The suspension pairs short springs with Sachs shocks and a beefy anti-roll bar. It’s packed with additional bracing – including a structural bar under the hood between the front suspension towers – to the benefit of torsional rigidity and handling.

There’s a Torsen-style limited-slip differential to help get the power to the tarmac. And ventilated brake discs with four-piston callipers up front, packed into 17-inch BBS alloys, help keep everything in check.

The three-door bodystyle is wrapped in specific bodywork, with fresh bumpers front and rear, a roof spoiler, and rear diffuser, with a special red and black over white livery. Even the interior has been upgraded with racing buckets, a leather-wrapped steering wheel lifted from the Toyota 86, and aluminum pedals – all of which only serves to further emphasize the point that this is no ordinary Yaris.

It’s the first GRMN product that will be offered in Europe (or outside of Japan for that matter), but sadly doesn’t look likely to be offered in North America. Unfortunately pricing and performance stats have yet to be released, but these initial details put the Yaris GRMN in prime position to take on the likes of the new Ford Fiesta ST, VW Polo GTI, and Renaultsport Clio.

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  • TheHake

    Yessssssssss

  • dlinfl

    Depending on its weight; it should be quicker than the Fiesta ST. Please bring it to the U.S.!

    • Benjamin B.

      There is a new ST coming. And Ford’s platforms tend to be better.

      • dlinfl

        The stock Yaris 3 door LE is approximately 500 pounds lighter than the current ST. I don’t believe the ST platform can make up for that much weight difference. While there is a new ST coming to Europe there has not been any announcements from Ford that any of the next gen Fiestas are coming to the U.S. As a ST owner I have no desire to have a three cylinder with cylinder deactivation and I’m not blown away by the restyle. Yes, I’m looking for an alternative.

        • Axiom Ethos

          I’ve heard the 3 cylinder sounds great and should be a charmer. Not sure why you’d be so against it. Despite the diluted new look, it still beats a Yaris in looks.

          • dlinfl

            I agree about the looks. The Yaris is probably best viewed in the dark. The inside isn’t bad and that’s what I see most. I’m old school and see the three cylinder as a motorcycle engine, I know it worked for Morgan. I don’t want cylinder deactivation on anything I buy. Ford probably could have achieved the same regulatory results by lightening the Fiesta. However, that would have required a new platform. The current Fiesta ST is approximately the same weight and performance as a ’66 Mustang GT350. Of course, it didn’t have the creature comforts and technology. It was a blast to drive!!!

      • Zro

        In what universe does Ford “tend” to be better? There are exceptions all over the place, but Ford does not “tend” to be better.

        • Matt

          He’s specifically referencing platforms (and I assume, chassis tuning in particular). It is almost universally accepted that Ford models (at least in Europe) are better to drive than comparative Toyota models.

          • Zro

            I’m referencing platforms too. There is no universal acceptance to the alleged Ford “superiority”. There are exceptions, as I stated, but to say that Ford tends to be the better option is foolish. For every solid Ford platform there are a dozen complete disasters, even in the superior EU market, which is worlds better than the American market in terms of quality.

    • Benjamin B.

      Still excited

  • Miknik

    Shame all the tech is cramped into the rather dated looking Yaris. Imagine if this launched with an all new generation…

  • ediotsavant

    Toyota. Bring this over! Give Mazda back their car.

  • fabri99

    Yas! I could even get over the weird looks for this car.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    If we don’t get the Fiesta in the U.S., please bring this, Toyota.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      We will trade the Yaris iA for this!

      • Mill0048

        Ugh… That Toyota sedan version of the Mazda 2 hatch is just garish.

        • Tumbi Mtika

          Agreed.

      • Benjamin B.

        Rather trade for a Miata if I were you. With a 6 speed.

        • Mill0048

          A different take on “trade” but I can dig it. Though I think I’d still take the Fiesta over this. An iA for a Miata any day!

    • Benjamin B.

      We have the Fiesta

      • Tumbi Mtika

        The new one?

    • Benjamin B.

      We will get the new Fiesta after it arrives at European dealerships

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Huzzah!

        I still want this though.

  • Enter Ranting

    Toyota designes an electric shaver.

  • Benjamin B.

    Toyota??? This is a Toyota??? Oh my…

  • Zro

    This is amazing. It needs to be brought to the US and it needs to have an AWD option within a few years. If Toyota brought back the Celica GT-4 I would sell everything I own to buy one. This is the next best option.

    • Matt

      Why does it need a heavy AWD option on such a small car?

      • Zro

        For buyers, such as myself, that remember the Carlos Sainz days. For buyers, such as myself, that are forced to buy a Subaru because Toyota abandoned their small but cult-like group of GT4 enthusiests. For buyers like me that have posters of ST205 Celicas on their wall instead of the Ferrari of the week.

        • Matt

          Well unfortunately Toyota all but abandoned their enthusiast base many years ago. Sure they have the GT-86 and upcoming Supra, but I doubt they will ever have a true replacement for the GT4.

          • Zro

            Ok. So you do understand my original comment about the Yaris needing an AWD option. There’s no need to be a contrarian to every post I make.

          • Matt

            I do understand your comment, but I still don’t see how AWD would improve the Yaris from any practical perspective. You seem to be coming from a nostalgia point of view. Now if this Yaris was built as a homologation model, then I can see how AWD would be necessary to comply with the regulations.

            As it stands, it’s just a hotter version of a regular road car. 200bhp is hardly enough to trouble a FWD chassis in 2017. The ST, Clio RS, 208 GTi, Polo GTi etc. are no worse off for their lack of AWD.

          • Zro

            You’re misrepresenting the context of my comment. I’m talking performance, not practicality. If you don’t understand why AWD would be superior in the context of off-road performance, then you are not ready for this debate. I’m gonna go ahead and unsub from this conversation. I never asked you for a debate, but I am willing to engage if people have interesting points. Unfortunately, I feel that you’re talking in circles. Take care man.

          • Matt

            Appreciate your feedback….

  • Six Thousand Times

    And Japan is back with the funky cool.

  • Vassilis

    Hm, looks weird but I guess we should be happy it exists.

  • Harry_Wild

    Would had a chance if it had AWD!

  • SteersUright

    Just sell a streetable version of the race car Yaris instead, with those amazing fenders!

  • annon

    “Gazoo Racing, Masters of the Nürburgring” – really?, what kinda title is that now again!!!???, Jesus!

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