Toyota GR Yaris: test, driving report, engine, price

With the Toyota GR Yaris in the snow – there are real feelings of happiness

At the end of 2019 we drove Toyota’s GR Yaris for the first time, then we waited forever for the production car. Now it’s here – and it’s snowing. Lovely!

E.It’s the end of 2019, Estoril, Portugal. Toyota asked to dance on the ex-Grand Prix circuit. They have the taped test carriers of one in their luggage Performance small car. In the box extra historic rally cars and a cutaway model of the complex all-wheel drive system built up.
About a year later we can finally get the production car of the GR Yaris drive – oh where: line up in front of the bend, put your butt out, across the corner. We play with him and spontaneously declare him the “highlight of the Yaris”. However, he was denied his real profession – so far. Snow, the white splendor. There come real happiness on.

We are between Peiting and Oberammergau – somewhere in the forest. Not uncommon in this area. Rally ace Niki Schelle has brought us here: The old special stage “Wildsteig”, Rally Oberland – there is always snow and rarely cleared. Exactly what we need: small streets, tight curves, snow wall on the side. Here he feels GR Yaris with his permanent all-wheel drive. Toyota’s in-house development is via a Aluminum transfer case controlled and is characterized by its light construction and robust character. After all, that is GR Yaris the homologation model for the World Rally Championship, has to be able to cope with a lot. Who that 4490 Euro high-performance package (HPP) If you order it, you will get two on top Torsen differential locks, the the Drive torque optimally distribute between the front and rear axles.

The highly bred Yaris is in his element in the snow

Toyota GR Yaris (2020): Test – Drifting – Sports Cars – Info

With the new Toyota Yaris GR on the racetrack

Around the corner, on a white background, you can choose between commuting or simply using the gas and Power override, because using a rotary switch in front of the Six-speed manual transmission can the Power distribution of 60:40 (“Normal”) over 50:50 (“Track”) up to 30:70 (“Sport”). While track is perfect on the circuit, it is essential in the snow fun sports mode. A sliding front axle can be turned into one in no time worth seeing drift transform. The assembled Conti winter tires make the Steering nice and sensual, if necessary, it helps mechanical handbrake because Toyota deliberately does not install a modern electric parking brake. After all, we’re sitting in one Rally car. The six-speed manual switch, its Gear stick Sitting rallyesk higher than in a normal sports car – analogous to the sitting position, which is a bit of a headache, especially in right-hand bends.

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This means that there is only a narrow gap between the inside mirror and the central display in order to aim for the apex of the curve. Tall people only see mirrors. We’d really like to know what test drivers Jari-Matti Latvala and Kris Meeke rode to avoid vetoing. But that remains almost that only negative point at the otherwise famous snowstorm.

The fun of driving a small car naturally has its price

Toyota GR Yaris

Fun power dwarf: The GR is great for drifting on snow. But the view doesn’t always fit.

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That the GR Yaris does electronically limited at 230 km / h does not bother us under these conditions, although more would certainly be possible with the given performance. Apropos: 261 hp gets Toyota out of the engine side – from one Three-cylinder! That makes one Liter output of almost 162 hpwhich is also amazingly mobile and harmoniously accessible. In dry conditions and with the Michelin summer tires of the high-performance package goes into 5.5 seconds to 100 km / h. In addition to the already mentioned locks and the more grippy set of tires, the latter offers the sports driver one more reinforced braking system and forged 18-inch alloy wheels. Toyota is calling for pricing 33,200 euros for the normal version and 37,690 euros with HPP up – and presumably doesn’t even earn money with it. Is this expensive? Yes. Is it worth it? Definitely! (Calculate maintenance costs? To comparison of car insurance)

Technical data Toyota Yaris GR • Engine: three-cylinder, turbo, front transverse • Displacement: 1618 cm³ • Power: 192 kW (261 PS) at 6500 / min • Maximum torque: 360 Nm at 3000-4600 / min • Drive: six-speed manual, all-wheel Width / height: 3995/1805/1455 mm • Empty weight: 1271 kg (measured value) • 0-100 km / h: 5.0 s (measured value) • Vmax: 230 km / h (limited) • Test consumption 9.1 l / 100 km (Super plus) • Price: from 33,200 euros.

* Further information on the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions and, if applicable, the power consumption of new cars can be found in the “Guide to Official Fuel Consumption”, which is available free of charge at all sales outlets and from “Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH” (www


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