Toyota brings a racier, new edge to the Yaris with GR Sport

Donna Miller
September 16, 2018

While cars like the Yaris GRMN, new Supra and GR Super Sport concept are stealing the headlines, perhaps the more exciting news from Toyota's performance renaissance is the pyramid of GR (Gazoo Racing) hierarchy.

The new GR Sport takes the Gazoo Racing sporting influence to the heart of the Yaris range, delivering genuine fun-to-drive performance and sports styling.

These include a series of enhancements on the suspension in order to give the Yaris "engaging handling and responsiveness".

If something even more special in the Yaris world is what you're looking for, the second new version Toyota is bringing to Paris might be the answer. Along with that excellent powerplant there are a number of GRMN-inspired upgrades to turn this Yaris into something a little bit special, including Sachs Performance shock absorbers, a solid anti-roll bar and a stance 11mm lower than the standard auto. The ride height, meanwhile, has been dropped by some 11 mm compared with that of the standard Yaris, while the gap between wheel and body has been cut by 18 mm.

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There's also a set off 17-inch alloy wheels coated in black, wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza RE50 205/45 performance tyres for added grip. Care has been taken to limit the increase in vehicle mass to less than 5kg by restricting the model's feature options.

The exterior styling follows that of the Yaris GRMN, including a black bi-tone roof with rear spoiler.

Underneath the GR Sport is the regular Yaris Hybrid powertrain - meaning a 1.5-litre petrol engine is paired up with an electric motor to produce 98bhp and 111Nm of torque. The headlights are unique to the GR Sport, with black interior detailing. The dark privacy glass that looks really good with the white body in the images is also part of the car's standard equipment. For a pop of colour, buyers can add optional red decals to the front lip and top section of the rear bumper.

The cabin is fitted with sports seats with combination upholstery, black dashboard and trim of suede and chrome. The three-spoke steering wheel is smaller in diameter and comes straight from the GT86 Coupe. As a finishing touch, black GR-branded carpet mats with silver edging are fitted.

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