The Yaris GRMN is different from most hot hatchbacks of its size, chiefly by virtue of the fact that it has a 1.8-litre four-cylinder 2ZR-FE engine – tuned by Lotus – that is supercharged as opposed to turbocharged.
It’s a Magnuson Eaton rotor-type supercharger and intercooler system that, in conjunction with a heavy-duty fuel injection system usually found on Toyota’s V6 engines and a larger air intake, allows for peak power and torque figures of 209bhp at 6800rpm and 184lb ft at 4800rpm.
This considerable output is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, as well as a Torsen limited-slip differential. Five years ago, a limited-slip diff would have been a rare sight in this class, but it’s becoming increasingly common.
At a little less than four metres in length, the Yaris GRMN is small even by supermini standards, so fitting that supercharger in the engine bay along with the 1.8-litre four-pot required the induction system to be packaged in a compact single stack unit on the front of the engine along with the cooling unit and air intake.