The new Toyota GR Yaris at a glance
- Output increases from 261 to 280 hp
- Optionally with 8-speed automatic transmission
- Redesigned cockpit
- Lower seating position
- Facelift with improved aerodynamics
GR Yaris with extra performance and automatic
The modified 1.6-liter three-cylinder turbo now has a whopping 206 kW/280 hp and a maximum torque of 390 Nm (fuel consumption of previous Toyota GR Yaris, combined: 8.4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 184 g/km)². An increase over the previous GR Yaris of 19 hp and 30 Nm. The increase in performance was achieved, among other things, through changes to the valve train, higher injection pressure and the use of durable pistons. The use of stronger shock absorbers, adjusting the spring rate and increasing body rigidity are also intended to improve driving behavior. The previously optional cooler performance package is also always included.
As an alternative to the previously known six-speed manual transmission, Toyota is offering the option of an eight-speed automatic transmission for the GR Yaris for the first time. The automatic system is not only intended to improve the small car’s acceleration. Customers with an affinity for racing should also be able to concentrate more on the driving action on the circuit.
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The interior has been extensively revised
Inside, Toyota surprises with a completely redesigned cockpit. In addition to the instrument cluster (12.3 inches), which is fully digital for the first time, the center console is now oriented more towards the driver. A major point of criticism so far has been the seating position being too high and the lack of clarity – even towards the front. The adjustment options for the sports seats have therefore been expanded so that they can now be positioned lower.
The front section has been redesigned externally; the lower bumper is now divided into two parts so that minor damage caused during racetrack use can be replaced more quickly and cost-effectively. The standard scope includes the Toyota Safety Sense assistant package, a navigation system and a digital key. The revised Toyota GR Yaris should be available from summer. The manufacturer has not yet commented on the prices. (Text: tv, em/sp-x | Images: manufacturer)