Toyota Yaris GRMN (2018–)
Toyota Yaris GRMN revealed
Although successful GRMN models have previously been sold in Japan, the Yaris GRMN will be the first to be marketed in Europe, on sale from early 2018. Priced at £26,295.
The Yaris GRMN is powered by a supercharged engine. This highly responsive 1.8-litre unit will produce more than 205PS, driving the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.
It also has a reinforced chassis with additional bracing, including an extra bar between the front suspension towers. It features a Torsen limited-slip differential for better traction and handling. Shorter springs allow the car to hug the ground more closely and these are teamed with dedicated shock absorbers, developed with Sachs, and a larger diameter front anti-roll bar.
The car is also equipped with highly efficient performance brakes with large, ventilated discs and four-pot front callipers.
Offered exclusively in three-door form, it has 17-inch BBS multi-spoke alloys and is fitted with a bespoke, black wing-type rear spoiler. Its features include dedicated front and rear bumper designs, a rear diffuser and a distinctive centre exhaust tailpipe.
The cabin is equally an expression of the car’s performance focus, with front sports seats designed specifically for the car by Toyota Boshoku, providing best-in-class body holding and support.
The authentic performance details include a small-diameter, leather-wrapped steering wheel – shared with the Toyota GT86 – that incorporates a centre line mark to help the driver place the car precisely on the road. There is also an aluminium sports pedal set and a combimeter designed to reflect the car’s special performance character.