The Europe-bound WRC hatch developed by Toyota and Gazoo Racing team will be limited to just 400 examples as reported by AutoCar this week. Otherwise known as Gazoo Racing Masters of Nurburgring, the GRMN variant of the 2018 Toyota Yaris will likewise arrive in the UK with not more than 100 units to be sold. It also seems that the Japanese brand has no plans of introducing the sports hatch in the US but is said to be eyeing the new Volkswagen Polo GTI and Ford Fiesta ST as the Yaris’ closest competitors.
Fresh from its debut earlier this year in Switzerland, the hatch boasts a powerful 205hp (153kW) 1.8 liter supercharged engine. The car should be capable of 6.3 second acceleration from zero to 100km/h based on the prototype review conducted by TopGear.
Aside from the uprated power, this new Yaris with racing DNA comes with the new 17” BBS multi spoke wheels, a new set Bridgestone high performance tyres and a larger diameter front anti roll bar with additional bracing between the front and rear suspension.
In addition, the car will feature a specially designed sport seats, a GT86 sport steering wheel with red stitch design, a Torsen limited slip differential, fixed rate Sachs dampers, as well as a standard 6-speed manual transmission. Given all of these, it should be noted that there are no adjustable parameters or complex driving modes for this relatively simple yet fun to drive hatch.
The new Yaris GRMN trim will be exclusively available as a front wheel, three door variant and will come with an exclusive black wing spoiler plus special graphics along the side sills and doors. This should be the most powerful, fastest and lightest model in the entire Yaris range since the GRMN is Toyota’s in-house division responsible for the LMP1 program.
It also happens to be the performance brand’s first venture in Europe even though the GRMN has always been a fixture in Japan’s automotive scene. As a joint effort, Toyota’s European team develops the GRMN’s engine and interior while the chassis and braking system will be handled by their Japanese partners. According to Toyota, the Yaris GRMN will be equipped with efficient braking system complete with large, ventilated discs and four pot front calipers.
Pricing for the all-new Yaris will start at $16,520 and will include automatic high beam, lane departure alert and pre-collision system among its standard features. Production for the GRMN variant on the other hand will start later this year with prices that go for about $34,258 or £26,295.