Toyota GR Yaris debuts ‘GR Parts’ upgrades, looks quick (video)

September 8, 2020

If the Toyota GR Yaris isn’t aggressive enough for you, don’t worry. Gazoo Racing has just announced a range of additional ‘GR Parts’ enhancements for the all-new hot hatch to give it a more prominent look.

The Toyota GR Yaris is the second proper ‘GR’ model to be launched by Toyota, following the GR Supra. It’s based on the new-generation Yaris and features a bespoke 1.6-litre turbo three-cylinder engine that produces 192kW and 360Nm. It is the most powerful production three-cylinder engine on the market.

All of that grunt is sent through an all-wheel drive system via a six-speed manual transmission. Toyota hasn’t claimed any 0-100km/h figures, but given the micro machine weighs just 1280kg, it should be pretty freakin’ fast. The top speed is limited to 230km/h.

The GR Yaris doesn’t really look like any other variant. It’s a three-door, for starters, featuring pumped out wheel arches, lightweight 18-inch alloy wheels, a big intake system in the front end, and a black spoiler and diffuser element at the rear. It looks fat. Some red-painted GR brakes top it off.

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But for those wanting something more exclusive and special, Gazoo Racing is has just announced a range of additional enhancements that will be available. At the front buyers are offered a lower and further-protruding splitter system integrated with the big grille and intake. Unique pinstripes can be added to the sides, while the rear end can be complemented with a chunkier diffuser piece and quad-outlet exhausts.

Other highlights include special floor mats inside, carbon fibre number plate holders and tyre valve caps, and carbon fibre interior garnishes. A special Gazoo data-logger is also being presented, plugging into the Yaris’s USB port to provide performance data via a special app.

There are no real performance gains to be experienced with the enhancements, however, Gazoo is offering a rigid strut tower brace for the front end to improve front end stiffness. Check out the promo video below for some background on the development of the GR Parts – it is in Japanese but you can activate closed captioning for automatic translation. It shows footage of hot laps at Tsukuba Circuit (about the 3:00 mark).

The Toyota GR Yaris has been confirmed to go on sale in Australia “later this year”. Prices are yet to be announced.

Brett is the editor and founder of Performance Drive. 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.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.