Toyota Yaris Spied On The ‘Ring – Is It A Next-Gen Performance Version?

A mysterious Toyota Yaris prototype has been spotted testing on the Nürburgring wearing a camouflage wrap similar to previous Supra prototypes.

This Yaris appears to be a high-performance variant as it features a big intercooler up front, dual exhausts and large, five-lug alloy wheels.

While the prototype has bodywork from the current model, with temporary lights and a modified rear bumper, it could actually be a test mule for the next generation that is expected to ride on the TNGA platform. The redesigned Euro-spec Yaris is slated to be unveiled next year and should be slightly larger than its predecessor.

Little else is known about Toyota’s next-gen supermini, or its performance variant. The limited edition Yaris GRMN, which is based on the current model, uses a supercharged 1.8-liter four that produces 209 hp (156 kW / 212 PS) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission that sends power to the front wheels via a limited-slip differential. This setup enables the hatchback to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.4 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h).

Besides the powerful engine, the Yaris GRMN has a reinforced chassis and a sports suspension with Sachs Performance shock absorbers. It also features an upgraded braking system with bespoke four-piston calipers supplied by ADVICS. The upgrades continue in the cabin, as the Yaris GRMN has Ultrasuede front sport seats and a smaller diameter steering wheel sourced from the GT86, as well as aluminum trim and alloy pedals.

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  • Craig

    Makes perfect sense. Every time I hear ‘Yaris’ I think ‘Nürburgring’.

  • Leconte Dave

    Put that engine in the GT86

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  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    Thank god!!!!!!

    There needs to be an all new generation AND QUICK

  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Design-wise, it still looks pretty much same as the previous Yaris…. (maybe this one will just add up sporty bits on the design to match the sportiness they’re hoping for)

    …but we’ll see, this could be a GR model considering that camo we saw in the Supra…

    • J-Triumf

      It’s a mule, it’s using the old body to test new stuff underneath.

  • Bash

    Where did I see those rims before?

  • J-Triumf

    I hope the next generation Yaris looks more like this outgoing one than the stupid dildo-shaped Mazda that’s being sold as one right now…and that the US gets it, and that a performance GR version is available for both markets as well.

  • RDS Alphard

    Anyone notice the rear suspension is independent? That’s NOT Yaris’ rear suspension, at least not current one… it would be amazing if Toyota made next Yaris based on TNGA chassis, but I have my doubt.

  • Bash

    Thank you.

  • Ben

    When you need a peppy rental car from the airport kiosk, but 30mpg city sounds nice too, think Yaris!

  • RDS Alphard

    I know, but having IRS in B-Segment Hatchback are rare because it cost a lot + use a lot of space compare to simply torsion beam… afaik even Audi A1 use torsion beam until S1 where it has AWD.

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