Gazoo Racing-inspired variant gets uprated suspension and Yaris GRMN bodystyling
Tom Morgan, Online Reviews Editor
13 September 2018

Toyota has officially revealed the Yaris GR Sport, a warm supermini that takes inspiration from the Yaris GRMN, ahead of its motor show debut at Paris in October.

Due on sale from late 2018, it will mark the first time Toyota has launched a GR Sport trim level in Europe, having launching the Japan-only GT86 GR Sport in July.

The Yaris GR Sport uses the same 1.5-litre hybrid powertrain as the standard Yaris, developing a combined 99bhp output from the four-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor.

Toyota has instead focused its performance upgrades on suspension, with Sachs Performance dampers and a solid anti-roll bar for added rigidity. Ground clearance has also been reduced by 11mm compared with the standard Yaris.

The GR Sport sits on exclusive black 17in alloy wheels, which are fitted with the same 205/45 R17 Bridgestone Potenza RE50 tyres as the Yaris GRMN.

Available exclusively as a five-door, it also shares its exterior styling with the Yaris GRMN, including a rear spoiler and black colour scheme for the roof, front grille, door mirrors and door mouldings.

Interior tweaks include GR-branded sports seats and the same three-spoke steering wheel as the GT86. GR logos have also been added to the digital instrument cluster.

Prices have yet to be confirmed, but the GR Sport is likely to carry a premium over the £20,150 top-end Yaris Bi-tone.

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13 September 2018

How odd to combine the sporty look, and sporty suspension with the Hybrid set up. I doubt it will work as any spirited driving will destroy the hybrids economy and result in the engine spinning almost out of control as they do with CVT boxes. The rest of the time big wheels and sporty suspension probably wont improve the standard Yaris. 

13 September 2018
artill wrote:

How odd to combine the sporty look, and sporty suspension with the Hybrid set up. 

 

The hybrid accounts for 50% of sales, while the 1.5 gets maybe 10/15%? You're not wrong, but they must of figured they'd be able to sell more using the hybrid.

 

The Yaris is getting reeeal long in the tooth now. More than time for a real replacement.

 

 

13 September 2018

 I heard a price of £28K for one....?

Peter Cavellini.

13 September 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 I heard a price of £28K for one....?

Thats the price for a grmn yaris as opposed to this which is like a vw r line 

13 September 2018

Sporty styling, but 5-door only? Doesn't make sense.

13 September 2018
catnip wrote:

Sporty styling, but 5-door only? Doesn't make sense.

I think we are beyond the days where 3 doors = sporty.


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14 September 2018
Mini2 wrote:

catnip wrote:

Sporty styling, but 5-door only? Doesn't make sense.

I think we are beyond the days where 3 doors = sporty.

For so called practicality maybe, but when a manufacturer has a 3-door bodyshell handy, the superior proportions of a 3-door will always offer a more dynamic look.

FMS

14 September 2018
catnip wrote:

Sporty styling, but 5-door only? Doesn't make sense.

 

Autocar reminds those who need it...that 3dr car sales are way down and that is mirrored in lack of 3dr Clio, Fiesta, upcoming Corsa models. Most new buyers do not drive on the doorhandles, though like to see something sporty looking for their money and why not?.

14 September 2018
FMS wrote:

catnip wrote:

Sporty styling, but 5-door only? Doesn't make sense.

 

Autocar reminds those who need it...that 3dr car sales are way down and that is mirrored in lack of 3dr Clio, Fiesta, upcoming Corsa models. Most new buyers do not drive on the doorhandles, though like to see something sporty looking for their money and why not?.

I think you missed the point that the 3 door versions of cars tend to look sportier, without actually being sportier. So if you are right and people want a sporty look, and arent bothered how it drives, they would still be likely to go for a 3 door, just because of its looks. Given that Toyota have a 3 door Yaris bodyshell, i agree with Catnip that it seems odd not to offer it on a pretend sporty version (even if that were in addition to the 5 door)

13 September 2018

a 1.5 petrol electric hybrid with 99 bhp and a price higher than a Fiesta ST with 200

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