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2021 Toyota Yaris GR revealed: The ultimate hot hatch


Recently, Toyota revealed the new GR Yaris at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Its three-door small hatch is full of safety, style and smarts and has all the space you need for all your plans. The GR Yaris performance credentials lift the GR to a whole new level making it not to be just a regular hot hatch.

In reality, the hot hatch is also said to compete for head to head against pure performance cars such as the Honda civic type R, VW Golf R and also the likes of Renault Megane RS. Here, let’s see how good the Toyota Yaris GR is. Is it The ultimate hot hatch they really say it is?.

Toyota Yaris GR Engine and performance

Under the hood, the three-door GR Yaris is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine. The three pots produce a stunning 200 kW and 370 NM of torque, which is equally sent to all the four wheels. Shockingly, this is the highest output for a three-cylinder. Toyota claims that this ultimate hot hatch can do zero to 100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds, while its top speed is limited to 230 km/h.

For the Toyota Yaris GR, A six-speed manual gearbox is available as standard. Interestingly, The Toyota Yaris all-wheel-drive system has a Torsen limited-slip differential on each axle and an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch centre differential. The all-wheel-drive system features three drive modes: normal, sport and track.

Built by Toyota Gazoo Racing with optimised front and rear suspension geometry, the new GR Yaris was built to satisfy the consumers’ needs on all types of roads.

Toyota Yaris GR exterior

Surprisingly, on the Yaris body only 3 colours are optionally available; i.e. white, red and black. The paintwork covers the aluminium bonnet, doors and tailgate of the ultimate hot hatch except for its carbon fibre roof.

The ultimate hot hatch rolls on 18-inch alloys wrapped in 225/R40 rubber and framing ventilated brake discs.

In the GR, performance brakes are available, they consist of 356mm front and 297mm rear ventilated discs paired to four and two-piston callipers respectively.

Toyota Yaris GR interior

Inside the revealed Toyota Yaris GR, keyless entry and start come as standard. In every Yaris hot hatch, an apple car play and android auto support, eight-speaker JBL sound systems is available. Toyota has also fitted a climate control system, sport seats and also aluminium pedals.  

Toyota Yaris GR safety features

When it comes to safety, Toyota has fitted the GR Yaris with an advanced driver assist systems .however other safety features are yet to be detailed.

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