Toyota Premieres GR Yaris

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Toyota Motors premieres the new GR Yaris at Chiba, Japan on January 10, 2020. A homologation model born to win the FIA World Rally Championship at the Tokyo Auto Salon.


Along with aiming to initiate sales of the Toyota GR Yaris in around summer 2020. Toyota started accepting online-only pre-orders in Japan for 2 special editions of the new model. The RZ “1st Edition” and the RZ “High-performance 1st Edition”. Pre-orders will be accepted from January 10 to June 30, or for about six months.

Toyota revealed the GR Yaris together with Tommi Mäkinen Racing from the ground up to be a WRC (FIA World Rally Championship) winner. As an original model of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s sports car lineup.

Toyota GR Yaris- 4WD

Moreover, the new Toyota GR Yaris employs a sports 4WD (four-wheel-drive) platform based on the TNGA approach. Taking feedback from real FIA World Rally Championship experiences. Further, Toyota Gazoo Racing built the GR Yaris from scratch to achieve a high-rigidity body of highly refined balance. While also optimizing front and rear suspension geometry. Thus, by combining its platform with the “GR-FOUR” sports 4WD (four-wheel-drive) system. Furthermore, efforts were made to achieve a high level of dynamic performance.

Furthermore, the top body of the car, in extension to using aluminum for the hood, trunk lid, and door panels. So, features a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic roof panel formed using the sheet molding compound method, which provides a high level of freedom in shape design. The firm 3-door-type cabin points to great aerodynamic performance, while lightweight is still achieved.

Toyota Premieres GR Yaris

Furthermore, the Toyota GR Yaris’ engine variations. The 1.6-liter in-line 3-cylinder direct-injection turbo engine is a recently developed compact and light high-power unit. Further, in extension to the high-speed combustion of a TNGA engine. by increasing engine revolutions through the use of lightweight moving parts. Also, optimizing the turbocharger and other elements of the air intake and exhaust system. Efforts were made to achieve the world’s highest maximum output for a three-cylinder engine of 200 kW (272 PS), as well as to obtain the continuous provision of abundant torque over a broad range of engine speeds.

Certainly, mixed with a 6-speed iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission), which makes rhythmical gear changes achievable. This engine provides overwhelming acceleration. This also allows users to experience an increase in engine revolutions that feels good.

For reference: Special-edition RZ “High-performance First Edition” Main Specifications

Firstly: Length (mm) x Width (mm) x Height (mm)3,995 x 1,805 x 1,460
Secondly: Wheelbase (mm)2,558
Thirdly: Vehicle
weight (kg)
Then: Occupancy 4
Engine In-line 3-cyclinder DOHC direct injection turbo engine
Type G16E-GTS
Displacement (cc)1,618
output (kW [PS])
200 [272]
torque (N・m [kgf・m])
370 [37.7]
Transmission iMT (6-speed manual transmission)
Drive system 4WD
Differentials “GR-FOUR” sports 4WD system
Torsen® limited-slip differential x 2 (front, rear) + Electronically controlled multi-plate clutch center differential / 4WD mode dial switch (NORMAL / SPORT / TRACK)
Suspension MacPherson Strut / Double wishbone
Brakes Ventilated disc / Ventilated disc
Finally: Tires 225/40ZR18 / 225/40ZR18

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