Toyota Yaris had the privilege of being the first model from the Japanese carmaker to be included in the GR sports car series. The Yaris received the GRMN top-level treatment in 2017, resulting to the birth of the Yaris GRMN. Now, the Yaris is getting its second model in the GR sports car series – the all-new Toyota Yaris GR Sport.
Unveiled to the global public at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the Toyota Yaris GR Sport takes inspiration from the Yaris GRMN. In terms of performance, the new Yaris GR Sport is no match for Yaris GRMN, which is a true high-performance version of the Yaris under the GR series. Nonetheless, the Yaris GR Sport is laden with suspension modifications and well as styling changes inspired by the Yaris GRMN.
GR sports car series – which stands for Gazoo Racing that is being positioned by Toyota as its performance brand – is divided into three tiers: GR Sport, GR and GRMN. The top-level GRMN has a more powerful tuned engine and related modifications. The mid-level GR offers the essence of the GRMN. The GR Sport, meanwhile, offers casual sports car driving experience as achieved through suspension tweaks, which is the case for the new Toyota Yaris GR Sport.
The new Yaris GR Sport employs Sachs Performance shock absorbers similar to those in the Yaris GRMN as well as a solid anti-roll bar to. Compared to the standard Yaris, the Yaris GR Sport has a lower ground clearance (minus 11 mm) and shorter gap between wheel and body (minus 18 mm). It rides on black 17-inch cast alloy shod with Bridgestone Potenza RE50 205/45R17 tires, the same rubbers on the GRMN model.
As for its exterior, the Yaris GR Sport takes the example of Yaris GRMN. For instance, the Yaris GR Sport features a black honeycomb grille, piano black door moldings, black door mirror housings, black front fog light surrounds and Dark-tinted rear privacy glass, as well as a black bi-tone roof with rear spoiler. It makes use of GR Sport-exclusive GR Sport, with black interior detailing. Red decals are found on the front lip and the top line of the lower rear bumper. As expected, the hatch comes with GR badging.
Inside, the Yaris GR Sport features GR-branded sports front seats in black Ultrasuede with contrast white stitching and white inserts. It also features GR Sport a small-diameter three-spoke steering wheel that is also found in the Toyota GT86. The cabin also comes with a black headlining and black GR-branded carpet mats with silver edging. The gear shift lever, air vent and door-mounted audio speaker surrounds are trimmed in satin chrome trim. The GR logo is displayed on the multi-information TFT display as soon as the start button is pushed.
As for power, the Yaris GR Sport doesn’t get the 1.8-liter supercharged four-cylinder engine of the Yaris GRMN that delivers 205 hp of max output and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Instead, it is served by the mill of a typical Toyota Yaris – a 1.5-liter engine that delivers 108 hp of max output and 100 lb.-ft. of peak torque.
Toyota will commence sales of the new Yaris GR Sport starting late 2018. If you’re wondering about a GR version – between the GR Sport and GRMN -- it might be coming soon as Toyota already applied to trademark the GR Yaris name with the Swiss trademark office on September 18, 2018.