2020 Toyota GR Yaris revealed, confirmed for Australia (video)

Been longing for Toyota to come up with a cool hot hatch? Well, check out this; the Toyota GR Yaris, also known as the Yaris GR-4. It’s certainly worth the wait.

This is the next product from Toyota’s Gazoo Racing department, following the recent introduction of the GR Supra. It’s based on the latest Yaris, and it’s pitched as a “rally car for the road”, Toyota says. After checking out the specs, we’re sure you’ll agree.

Power comes from a new 1.6-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine, which should produce an especially exciting soundtrack. Aside from the sound though, the unit also produces an impressive 192kW and 360Nm, making it one of the most powerful compact hot hatches in the class and the most powerful three-cylinder production engine.

All of this is sent through a proper six-speed manual transmission and into a “GR-Four” all-wheel drive system. This also sets a new benchmark for this particularly class. Toyota hasn’t mentioned any 0-100km/h times yet, but, as you can probably imagine, it’s going to be quick. Especially with a kerb weight of just 1280kg. Speaking about the car, Toyota Australia vice president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said:

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“The GR Yaris is an exciting well-rounded vehicle that exemplifies Toyota’s commitment to producing ever-better cars, offering compelling performance that will appeal to a broad range of enthusiasts. It is a rally car for the road that pushes vehicle performance to the limit and will enhance the image of the Toyota and Yaris brands.”

Yep, that’s a quote from the Australian hub. Toyota Australia has confirmed the GR Yaris will go on sale locally “later this year”. It will slot in at the top of the new Yaris range, which will launch within five months, the company says.

See below for the initial specs (final Australian specs yet to be announced). And check out the video further below for more.

ENGINE 
Type3 in-line cylinders
Valve mechanismDOHC 12-valve with VVT-i
Fuel systemD4S – direct & indirect injection
SuperchargingSingle-scroll turbo
Displacement (cm3)1618
Bore x stroke (mm)87.5 X 89.7
Compression ratio10.5:1
Max. power (kW)192
-Max. torque  (Nm)360
Emissions levelEuro 6d Temp
TRANSMISSIONGR-FOUR 4WD system
TypeManual 6
PERFORMANCE 
Power to weight ratio (kg/kW)6.7
Max. speed (km/h)230 (electronically limited)
CHASSIS 
Front suspensionMacPherson
Rear suspensionDouble wishbone
SteeringRack & pinion, electric power steering
Min. turning circle (m)10.8
Brakes
Front (diameter mm)Ventilated disc (356)
4pot fixed calliper
Rear (diameter mm)Ventilated disc (297)
2-pot fixed calliper
TyresDunlop SP Sport MAXX050
– dimension225/40 R 18
EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS (mm)
Overall length3995
Overall width1805
Overall height1460
Wheelbase2558
Front track1530
Rear track1560
WEIGHT (kg) 
Kerb weight (without driver)1280

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.