New 2020 Toyota GR Yaris: pricing introduced
Toyota has confirmed that the brand new GR Yaris might be priced from £29,995 for the base-model, or £33,495 for the uprated Circuit Pack variant. Toyota is but to announce an official on sale date, however we’re anticipating UK gross sales to start out within the second half of 2020. First deliveries will arrive in November.
The GR Yaris was developed collaboratively by Toyota Gazoo Racing and Tommi Mäkinen Racing, Toyota’s companion within the WRC. It includes a vary of motorsport-derived design options, resembling an all-new 257bhp turbocharged three-cylinder engine, a devoted two-door platform and a novel chassis and suspension setup.
It was formally unveiled at Tokyo Auto Salon 2020 as the corporate’s newest flagship scorching hatchback, designed to provide Toyota a aggressive benefit within the World Rally Championship the place it’s locked in battle with Korean rival Hyundai.
As such, the GR Yaris is the primary “homologation particular” produced for a era, selecting up the place nineties rally legends such because the Celica GT-4, Subaru Impreza and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution left off. Thirty years in the past, rally guidelines pressured producers to construct 1000’s of particular street vehicles that had been carefully linked to their equal competitors automobiles, however present laws, (launched in 1997), eliminated this requirement.
Nonetheless, right this moment’s FIA World Rally Championship guidelines do specify that, if a contest automobile’s chassis and body-in-white are considerably totally different from its equal manufacturing mannequin, a manufacturing automobile should be constructed utilizing these underpinnings.
The race-prepped GR Yaris was stitched collectively from a mix of Toyota’s GA-B and GA-C platforms, whereas the usual fourth-generation hatchback is barely primarily based on the previous chassis. The rally automobile additionally includes a utterly totally different two-door physique shell and a novel set of mounting factors – so the GR Yaris needed to be put into manufacturing if Toyota needed to race it within the World Rally Championship.
As an additional advantage, the GR Yaris serves as a way of giving Toyota a extra tangible hyperlink between its motorsport efforts and its roadgoing vary – particularly in a mannequin like the usual Yaris, which is concentrated on practicality and effectivity.
New 2020 Toyota GR Yaris: engine and drivetrain
The GR Yaris is powered by a motorsport-derived turbocharged 1.6-litre three-cylinder engine which, for the UK market, develops 257bhp and 360Nm of torque – though Japanese consumers get a stronger model of the identical unit, which produces 268bhp and 370Nm of torque. Toyota says the engine offers the UK market GR Yaris a 0–62mph time of “lower than 5.5 seconds” and an electronically restricted high pace of 143mph.
Energy is distributed via a six-speed handbook gearbox to Toyota’s “GR 4” adaptive all-wheel-drive system, which options two limited-slip differentials and a novel coupling which routinely manages the torque cut up between the entrance and rear axles. It’s a lot lighter than a traditional all-wheel-drive system and Toyota says it has the theoretical functionality of sending the entire engine’s energy to both axle, relying on the scenario.
The driving force can even manually alter the GR Yaris’s torque cut up utilizing a change within the cabin. In “Regular” mode, the GR Yaris sends 60 % of the engine’s energy to the entrance wheels and 40 % to the rear. “Sport” mode shifts this ratio to 30:70, whereas “Monitor” mode locks the 2 axles collectively in a 50:50 cut up for improved grip and dealing with.
New 2020 Toyota GR Yaris: chassis and platform
As talked about above, the GR Yaris is constructed on a devoted platform, which makes use of the rear half of Toyota’s current GA-C underpinnings and the entrance half of Toyota’s newest GA-B platform, which was unveiled earlier this yr with the launch of the all-new standard-issue 2020 Yaris.
It’s solely out there as a three-door, because it’s a physique type that gives the best chassis rigidity, the lightest kerbweight and the very best scope for aerodynamic aids. Aluminium is used for the bonnet, boot-lid and door panels, whereas the usual 2020 Yaris roof panel has been swapped for a carbon-fibre bolstered plastic alternative.
Beforehand, Toyota disclosed that the GR Yaris has a 95mm decrease roof line than a traditional Yaris, to scrub up the air that reaches the rally automobile’s big rear wing and enhance aerodynamic efficiency. The automobile’s engine additionally sits additional again within the bay than within the common mannequin, which improves weight distribution.
Chassis-wise, the GR Yaris includes a wider entrance and rear observe width, a set of grooved entrance discs with four-pot calipers, an electrical energy steering system and a set of 18-inch alloys with Dunlop SP Sport tyres. Additionally, not like the brand new 2020 Yaris – which options torsion beam rear suspension – the GR Yaris makes use of a double wishbone setup, which Toyota says improves dealing with.
For an additional £3,500, consumers can even select to improve their GR Yaris with Toyota’s optionally available Circuit Pack, which provides a mechanical Torsen limited-slip differential on every axle, an uprated suspension system and a set of light-weight solid 18-inch alloy wheels, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tyres.
We drive the brand new 2020 Toyota GR Yaris
Gazoo Racing camouflage and a dashboard shielded from prying eyes are an unsubtle trace that the automobile we’re about to drive continues to be a prototype, so it’s too early to say whether or not the GR Yaris is a reincarnation of the Subaru Imprezas, Mitsubishi Evos and Toyota Celica GT-Fours of the nineties. However after a brief squirt alongside some Portuguese roads in Toyota’s newest creation, it’s honest to say that the early indicators are definitely promising.
The GR Yaris’s construction feels very sturdy, letting the suspension do its finest work over bumps and sunken drain covers. It’s surprisingly pliant, and makes the automobile really feel much less hardcore than you’d count on. The notchy, GT86-like gearshift and agency brake pedal really feel extra severe, the pretty excessive driving place much less so, however it’s the way in which the automobile responds to small throttle inputs which is the most important clue that that is no unusual Yaris.
The 1.6-litre ball bearing-turbocharged engine pulls strongly from under 2,000rpm to round 500rpm shy of the 7,000rpm redline, and whereas the three-cylinder’s observe is much from tuneful, it’s a purposeful noise – not not like these previous Evos and Celicas.
The steering is gentle however constructive, and suggestions builds with load. You may get on the ability early out of turns with little danger of washing large, however even in Sport mode the torque supply doesn’t really feel significantly rear-biased – simply tidy and efficient.
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