Toyota’s Hot Yaris GRMN Is A Great Sign Of Things To Come

Toyota has finally made a proper hot hatch in the name of the Yaris GRMN, which is also the first model coming out of their Gazoo Racing division.

Selecting a Yaris to be Europe’s first Gazoo Racing model might sound strange at first, but the engineers made sure that their new hot hatch will offer a thrilling driving experience.

The chassis is upgraded with extra bracing and a Torsen limited-slip differential, while the lower by 24mm suspension features shorter springs and fixed-rate Sachs dampers. A set of 17-inch BBS alloys, bigger brakes and a complete aero kit wrap up the changes.

As for the engine, Toyota opted for a supercharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder powertrain that makes 210hp and is paired to a six-speed manual gearbox. If the engine sounds somehow familiar, it’s because Lotus has been using the same unit in the Elise for some years now.

Toyota claims a 0-62mph (100km/h) in 6.3 seconds and a top speed of 143mph, which sounds fast enough to leave rivals like the Ford Fiesta ST and Peugeot 208 GTI in the dust. But the essence of a hot hatch is in the way it drives and Toyota makes bold claims about the new Yaris GRMN’s handling.

If you haven’t already placed an order for one, chances are that you won’t be able to get it as the Yaris GRMN is limited to just 400 units in Europe. Then again, the €29,900 sticker price in Germany makes it a significantly more expensive alternative to similarly-sized pocket rockets.

So what we’re left with is a first sign of things to come from Toyota’s Gazoo Racing. Is it a promising one? Auto Express delivers its verdict on the video that follows.

  • Well rumor mill says that GRMN is merely to test the market. Expect the similarly performance Yaris Sport in the future, and this one is regular model. But I’m not sure about pricing yet.

  • KidRed

    Why no mention of it being a rebranded Mazda 2? Seems like a lot of praise for the tune being made to the car without recognizing it started with a non Toyota.

    • halid filiz

      that’s the sedan i think this is their own platform

    • Peter

      Its Not a mazda….

    • SamuraiJack

      Because it’s not. This is the actual Toyota Yaris, not the US market rebranded Mazda 2.

    • Nikolovski Nikolce Nidžo

      WTF?

    • Ary Wisesa

      It’s a true Toyota. The rebranded Mazda 2 SEDAN is not Toyota Yaris hatchback.

  • Kyle Newberry

    Now if they got a GRMN GT86 that would be fun.

    Also heard US will stick with TRD instead of GRMN.

  • annon

    not too sure on the limit count, from my understanding it’s 400 units in total of which 200 are destined for Japan and remaining 200 for Europe?

    • Kyle Newberry

      600. 400 Europe, 200 Asia

      • annon

        nope, only 400…[quote] “First the bad news. Only one Irish person is getting an ultra-rare Toyota Yaris GRMN (Gazoo Racing Meister Nurburgring). Indeed only 400 models are being made. And the entire lot was sold between Europe and Japan while the car was still in pre-production.”

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