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2021 Toyota GR Yaris

  1. TOYOTA GR YARIS: A RALLY CAR FOR THE ROAD
  2. TOYOTA GR YARIS FEATURES
  3. FORM FOLLOWS SPORTS CAR FUNCTION FOR GR YARIS
  4. GR YARIS: BORN AND BRED FOR MOTORSPORT
  5. BESPOKE PLATFORM ACCOMMODATES NEW GR-FOUR AWD SYSTEM
  6. GR PERFORMANCE BRAND DEVELOPED OVER 25 YEARS
  7. GR YARIS SPECIFICATIONS

TOYOTA GR YARIS: A RALLY CAR FOR THE ROAD


Toyota has launched its hotly anticipated 200kW Toyota GR Yaris, a pure performance car forged in the heat of motorsport competition.

The new super-hot hatch is already a sales success with local dealers taking 1,200 advance orders for the second model in the GR performance car range, following the GR Supra launched in 2019.

GR Yaris has all the credentials for competition success. At its heart is a new 200kW/370Nm 1.6-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine - the world's most powerful mass-produced three-cylinder powerplant.

Along with an all-new platform, unique three-door body, aerodynamic styling and a new GR-FOUR permanent all-wheel drive system, GR Yaris has an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 156kW/tonne and sprints from 0-100 km/h in 5.2 seconds.

GR Yaris is the first all-Toyota sports car and the company's first homologation model for WRC competition since the Celica GT-FOUR ended production in 1999.

It brings motorsport technology directly to the world of the road car through the combined design and engineering skills of Toyota's title-winning TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and World Rally Championship teams.

Toyota Australia Vice President Sales and Marketing Sean Hanley said every aspect of GR Yaris was focused on bringing exhilarating performance to a wide audience of sports-car enthusiasts.

"The brainchild of our president Akio Toyoda, our new GR brand harnesses the experience gained by pushing the limits in motorsport and applies it to a whole new generation of performance road cars," Mr Hanley said.

"The result is performance thoroughbreds like GR Yaris that are true to our ethos of making ever-better cars that are rewarding and fun to drive."


Aerodynamic design and sports performance

As a bespoke three-door, the low tapered side profile and wide squat stance of GR Yaris mark it as a serious performance car.

Sharing just three exterior components with the Yaris hatch - headlights, taillights and mirrors - the sculpted, aerodynamically designed car achieves a kerb weight of just 1280kg1.

It features a Toyota-first carbon-fibre roof and aluminium panels for the bonnet, doors and tailgate.

The lightweight, compact 200kW turbo engine adopts motorsport technologies to deliver an exhilarating drive experience, including multi oil-jet piston cooling, machined intake ports and large-diameter exhaust valves.

It is also equipped with direct and port fuel-injection, high-speed combustion, a single scroll ball-bearing turbocharger, an aluminium oil cooler and a large-capacity water pump and air cleaner.

Mated to a six-speed intelligent manual gearbox (iMT) with rev-matching on up and down shifts, its top speed is 230km/h. An automatic transmission is unavailable.

At the same time, GR Yaris achieves high-performance efficiency, including a stop-and-start system. It meets Euro 6 standards, returning combined cycle fuel consumption of 7.6 litres/100km2 with CO2 emissions of 172 grams/km3.

Fuel capacity at 50 litres strikes a balance between weight and driving range.


Agile handling and stability in safety

The GR Yaris has a new, dedicated platform that combines the front end of Toyota's GA-B platform (Yaris) with the rear of the GA-C platform (Corolla).

This accommodates a new suspension design and GR-FOUR all-wheel-drive system, while also contributing to the car's excellent stability and handling.

Toyota's ingenious GR-FOUR system is designed to optimise drive power to each wheel, while also being simple, compact and light.

It offers a theoretical torque split of up to 100 per cent to the front or rear wheels, governed by a high-response coupling and an electronically controlled multiplate clutch located ahead of the rear differential.

Driver-selectable AWD settings are Normal (directing 40 per cent of available torque to the rear wheels), Track (50 per cent to the rear wheels) and Sport (70 per cent to the rear wheels). The system will adjust torque split automatically based on driver inputs, vehicle behaviour and road or track conditions.

Every element of the new fully independent front and rear suspension setups has been optimised for performance, including high-response shock absorbers.

Front MacPherson struts are more rigid than the five-door Yaris hatch with newly developed knuckles and stiffer bushes for maximum control and stability.

A multi-link rear suspension, in contrast to the torsion beam layout in the standard Yaris, is also more rigid with new upper arms and stiffer settings for optimal responsiveness, handling and traction in high-speed cornering.

Electric power rack-and-pinion steering has been tuned to provide effective feedback and a true sports feel.

Large 356mm two-piece ventilated discs with four-piston callipers provide stopping power at the front, with 297mm ventilated discs and two-piston callipers at the rear, both designed to provide confident, stable and fade-resistant braking performance.

The short-stroke brake pedal has been tuned to provide a linear feeling with solid feedback while the clutch also features a mechanism to ensure consistent pedal feel and compensate for wear over time.

Given the sports potential of the GR Yaris, safety has also been a major priority with the GR Yaris featuring a suite of the latest Toyota Safety Sense4 features.

These include pre-collision safety system with autonomous emergency braking, intersection assistance, emergency steering assist, high-speed adaptive cruise control, lane trace assist, road-sign assist, auto high beam, blind spot monitor, head-up display, rear view camera and six airbags.


Driver-focused interior

The driver-focused cabin marks GR Yaris as a serious performance car with a small-diameter leather-wrapped steering wheel with fingertip controls, leather-wrapped short-throw gear shifter and handbrake, and aluminium pedals.

Large speedo and tacho dials sit either side of a 4.2-inch multi information display that offers an array of details including turbo pressure and gear-shift indicators.

Premium sports front seats offer the support and comfort of large bolsters. The adjustable driver's seat and tilt-and-telescopic steering column contribute to an ideal seating position.

Two rear seats feature ISOFIX anchor points and are split 60/40- to expand the 141-litre luggage space.

Standard premium equipment includes dual-zone climate-control air-conditioning, smart entry and start, 8-speaker JBL®5 audio, an advanced multimedia system and a 7-inch touchscreen display.

GR Yaris is covered by the five-year Toyota Warranty Advantage6, seven years for engine and driveline7, and capped-price servicing for the first six services within a 6-month/10,000km interval at $260 each8.

GR Yaris Pricing9

• GR Yaris $49,500

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For more information, please contact:

Orlando Rodriguez
Senior Public Affairs Specialist
0413 250 507
orlando.rodriguez@toyota.com.au

Emily Haseloff
Public Affairs Manager
0437 811 508
emily.haseloff@toyota.com.au


1 Weights are approximate and are subject to individual vehicle variances, accessory fitment and weight carried.
2 Achieved in test conditions for comparison purposes only. Actual fuel consumption varies depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition, load and options/accessories fitted. Source: ADR81/02 combined (litres/100km) for auto models.
3 Emissions vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition & options/accessories fitted.
4 Driver assist feature. Only operates under certain conditions. Check your Owner's Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.
5 Product & company names are trademarks of their respective owners.
6 The standard Toyota Warranty Advantage period is 5 years, with unlimited kms, from delivery. Excludes vehicles used for a commercial purpose, such as taxis, hire vehicles and vehicles transporting people or goods for payment including rideshare. See toyota.com.au/owners/warranty or your vehicle's Warranty and Service Book for T&Cs. This warranty does not limit and may not necessarily exceed your rights under the Australian Consumer Law.
7 The Toyota Warranty Advantage Extended Engine and Driveline coverage is for 7yrs from delivery, provided your vehicle is properly serviced and maintained per its Warranty and Service Book. Excludes vehicles used for a commercial purpose, such as taxis, hire vehicles and vehicles transporting people or goods for payment including rideshare. See toyota.com.au/owners/warranty or your vehicle's Warranty and Service Book for T&Cs. This warranty does not limit and may not necessarily exceed your rights under the Australian Consumer Law.
8 Max price quoted is model specific. Applies to standard scheduled logbook servicing (normal operating conditions) for 3 years/60,000km (whichever comes first) up to a max. 6 services. Excludes Government & Rental vehicles. For details see your Toyota dealer or visit Toyota.com.au/advantage
9 Manufacturer's recommended retail prices provided for media purposes only. Statutory charges or other on-road costs not included.
*Vehicles filmed on a closed road under controlled conditions


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TOYOTA GR YARIS FEATURES


GR YARIS
Mechanical
• 200kW, 370Nm 1.6-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine
• 6-speed intelligent manual transmission (iMT)
• Engine stop-start system
• Electronically controlled permanent GR-FOUR AWD system
o Three selectable modes: Normal, Sport and Track
• MacPherson strut front suspension
• Trailing-arm multilink rear suspension
• Electric power steering
• Performance brakes:
o Front: two-piece ventilated discs with opposed four-piston callipers
o Rear: ventilated discs with opposed two-piston callipers

Exterior
• Three-door body
• Carbon-fibre roof
• Aluminium bonnet, doors and hatch
• 18-inch ENKEI cast-alloy wheels
• Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tyres
• GR black alumite brake callipers
• Tyre repair kit
• LED headlights, taillights and front and rear fog lights
• Auto-folding electric exterior mirrors
• Rear spoiler
• Rear privacy glass
• Dual exhaust tips
• Three paint colours:1
o Tarmac Black metallic, Feverish Red mica-metallic, Glacier White solid

Interior
• GR sports front seats, heated, suede and leather-accented
• GR analogue speedometer and tachometer
• 4.2-inch thin-film transistor multi-info display
• GR leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel with switches (audio, cruise control)
• Leather-wrapped gearshift and park brake lever
• Aluminium pedals
• Soft-touch instrument panel
• Electro-chromatic rear-vision mirror
• 60/40-split fold rear-seat back
• Front door bins with bottle holders
• 1x USB and 1x 12V accessory power sockets

Safety
• Toyota Safety Sense:
o Pre-collision safety system with pedestrian (day/night) and cyclist detection (day)
o Daytime intersection assistance
o Emergency steering assist
o High-speed adaptive cruise control
o Lane trace assist with steering assist and lane centring function
o Lane departure alert with steering assist
o Road sign assist (speed signs only)
o Auto high beam

• Blind-spot monitor
• Anti-skid brakes with brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, traction control, steering-assisted vehicle stability control, hill-start assist control
• Six airbags
• Reversing camera with guidelines
• ISOFIX child restraint anchorage points
• Alarm
• Engine immobiliser

Comfort and convenience
• Dual-zone automatic air-conditioning
• Front power windows
• Manual park brake
• Keyless smart entry and start
• Manual tilt and telescopic steering-wheel adjustment
• Digital clock

Infotainment / Multimedia
• 7-inch colour touchscreen display
• Satellite navigation7
• JBL®2 8-speaker audio system
• AM/FM/DAB+3 radio
• Bluetooth®4 connectivity
• Apple CarPlay®5 / Android Auto™6 compatibility
• myToyota apps including Waze®2 and Stitcher™2 (IOS) and WebEx™2 (Android™6).
• Voice recognition

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1 Toyota Australia reserves the right to vary or discontinue the current interior and exterior colours, trims and colour/trim/model combinations.
2 Product & company names are trademarks of their respective owners.
3 Coverage dependent on vehicle location.
4 Bluetooth® is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Compatibility and functionality varies depending on device.
5 CarPlay® is a trademark of Apple, Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries. Requires compatible device, USB connection, mobile data, network reception & GPS signal. Mobile usage at user's cost. Apps subject to change. For details see toyota.com.au/connected.
6 Android Auto™ is a trademark of Google LLC. Requires compatible device, USB connection, mobile data, network reception & GPS signal. Mobile usage at user's cost. Apps subject to change. For details see toyota.com.au/connected.
7 Coverage varies based on vehicle location.


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FORM FOLLOWS SPORTS CAR FUNCTION FOR GR YARIS


Visually, there is no doubt about the performance intent of the new GR Yaris.

As Toyota's first all-new sports car in 20 years, the development team has delivered a car that proudly displays its sports performance with an aggressive, muscular aesthetic that is both stylish and functional.

It has a broad, stable platform for a body shell that is 110mm wider, 50mm lower and has wider tracks than the five-door Yaris hatch. The two cars share just three exterior components - mirrors, headlights and taillights.

The body has also been constructed with sports performance in mind with a highly rigid frame and extensive use of lightweight materials to reduce mass and lower the centre of gravity for a more engaging driving experience.


Lightweight, aerodynamic design

Collaboration with Tommi Mäkinen Racing ensured the road-car design meets the demands of a World Rally Championship (WRC) homologation special, achieving light weight with maximum downforce and enhanced aerodynamic performance.

In a first for Toyota, the roof is made from carbon-fibre polymer saving 3.5kg compared with a steel equivalent, while contributing to overall stiffness.

The advanced sheet-moulding-compound technology uses carbon rather than glass fibres in the polymer resin - a solution that is lightweight while being better suited to high-volume manufacturing.

The three-door structure and the use of aluminium for the bonnet, tailgate and frameless doors save 24.1kg compared with the 5-door Yaris.

Extensive use of high-tensile steel results in thinner side members while the rear bumper upper and lower are made from Toyota-developed super olefin polymer, which is light and does not deteriorate even after repeated recycling.

Attention has also been paid to various trim areas in the boot, saving 2.4kg.

The large rectangular grille and outer bezels housing the fog lights are teamed with a wide under-spoiler running the full width of the car, giving it a menacing appearance.

The wide grille opening ensures excellent cooling airflow to the radiator while the spoiler, complete with lower corner lips, helps generate downforce in straight-line and when cornering.

The whole body, from the side, the tapering roofline, rear spoiler and rear three-quarter panels are designed to direct airflow along the body and reduce drag.

The lower part of the body has been aerodynamically designed with side skirts that flow up into the broad, sculpted rear fenders.

Underbody covers, spats in front of each tyre, and aero steps built into the inside of the rear bumper further aid efficient airflow and enhance downforce.

Black 18-inch ENKEI cast alloy wheels with a 15-spoke design are light and rigid, reducing unsprung weight and contributing to sharp handling. They are wrapped with grippy low-profile 225/40 ZR Dunlop SP Sport Maxx rubber.

The bold purposeful styling of the front end is mirrored at the rear with a wide, low stance accentuated by the flared rear fenders, dual tailpipes and lower diffuser.
GR Yaris is offered in the racing company's trademark red, black and white colours: Tarmac Black metallic, Feverish Red mica-metallic and solid Glacier White1.


Driver-focused sports interior

The GR Yaris cabin has been designed with a driver-centric focus with all controls and information falling easily to hand and eye.

The instrument cluster features two large analogue dials for the speedometer and tacho, split by a 4.2-inch multi information display that incorporates indicators for AWD mode, gear selection and turbo pressure as well as other vehicle data and settings.

A heated small-diameter leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel with a GR-branded centre spoke adds a visual element of sportiness along with fingertip controls for audio, phone, cruise control and other functions.

The slim, dual-level instrument panel has been designed to offer maximum forward visibility with a seven-inch touchscreen offering full control of Toyota's latest multimedia system.

It incorporates satellite navigation2 with enhanced voice recognition, AM/FM/DAB+3 radio, Bluetooth®4 connectivity, Apple CarPlay®5 and Android Auto™6 compatibility and myToyota apps including Waze®7 and Stitcher™7 (IOS) and WebEx™7 (Android™8).

A premium eight-speaker JBL®1 sound system features active noise control, Clari-Fi compressed audio restoration, and engine sound enhancement that is integrated with throttle action and vehicle speed.

The sports intent of GR Yaris is highlighted by a short-throw, leather-wrapped gearshift lever along with blistered aluminium pedals that are positioned to support competition driving techniques like "heel & toe".

Interior comfort is maintained with dual-zone climate control and heated sports front seats with large bolsters, finished in premium upholstery.

Drivers can achieve an ideal position for optimal control with seat-height adjustment of 60mm and sliding adjustment of 260mm in 26 increments, along with the steering column's 40mm rake and 50mm reach adjustments.

The two-person rear seats offers two ISOFIX child-seat anchor points and a 60/40-split seat back that can be folded flat to expand the 141-litre luggage space.

Additional storage is offered with front door bins with 500ml bottle holders and a pair of cupholders in the centre console between the front seats.

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1 Toyota Australia reserves the right to vary or discontinue the current interior and exterior colours, trims and colour/trim/model combinations.
2 Coverage varies based on vehicle location.
3 Coverage dependent on vehicle location.
4 Bluetooth® is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Compatibility and functionality varies depending on device.
5 CarPlay® is a trademark of Apple, Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries. Requires compatible device, USB connection, mobile data, network reception & GPS signal. Mobile usage at user's cost. Apps subject to change. For details see toyota.com.au/connected.
6 Android Auto™ is a trademark of Google LLC. Requires compatible device, USB connection, mobile data, network reception & GPS signal. Mobile usage at user's cost. Apps subject to change. For details see toyota.com.au/connected.
7 Product & company names are trademarks of their respective owners.
8 Android™ is a trademark of Google LLC.

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GR YARIS: BORN AND BRED FOR MOTORSPORT


Toyota's GR Yaris, developed as a homologation special for World Rally Championship competition, has motorsport performance at its core.

It is powered by an all-new 1.6-litre turbocharged powerplant - the world's most powerful mass-production three-cylinder engine.

Maximum power of 200kW at 6500rpm and peak torque of 370Nm from 3000-4600rpm delivers a 0-100km/h sprint in just 5.2 seconds.

The lightweight, compact engine adopts motorsport technologies to deliver an exhilarating drive experience, including multi oil-jet piston cooling, machined intake ports and large-diameter exhaust valves.

The 12-valve dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) engine features variable valve timing, efficient fuel delivery through a combination of high-pressure direct injection with a six-hole spray and low pressure 10-hole port injection and a 10.5:1 compression ratio.

Pistons have a pent-roof design for more efficient combustion with minimal heat loss while shot peening of metal surfaces and a resin coating for the piston skirt reduce friction and improve durability.

Other measures to accommodate high output include an aluminium oil cooler for high heat exchange efficiency and a large-capacity belt-driven water pump.

By moving the 12V battery from the engine bay to under the rear luggage space, designers have also been able to fit a large 10.8-litre air cleaner with a compound filter, contributing to low pressure losses.

Aluminium tape is used on the intake system upstream of the airflow meter, producing an ideal air stream that contributes to a linear response between accelerator input and longitudinal G-forces.

The single-scroll turbocharger has been optimised for efficient and responsive performance with Toyota employing ball-bearings for the first time to reduce friction, and a large crossflow intercooler for greater efficiency.

High performance efficiency, including an automatic stop-start system, has enabled the GR Yaris to return a combined cycle fuel consumption of 7.6 litres/100km1 with CO2 emissions of 172g/km2.

The high-performance exhaust system has been designed not only to help the GR Yaris meet Euro 6 emission standards, but also deliver a rorty sports soundtrack.

With dual mufflers and circular sound baffles wrapped around the dual tailpipes, the exhaust provides the perfect audio and visual accompaniment for a high-performance sports car.

The 50-litre fuel tank has been designed for sports performance. A 2.1-litre sub-tank is designed to ensure consistent fuel delivery, even with the fuel-warning light being illuminated and lateral forces reaching up to 1.2G during hard cornering.

The high-performance engine is mated to a high-torque-capacity six-speed intelligent manual gearbox (iMT) with a short shift lever for rapid gearshifts.

Actuated through a centre-console switch, iMT provides rev-matching that reduces shift shock and promotes smooth up and downshifts.

In another Toyota first, a travel-adjusted clutch mechanism ensures consistent pedal feel and compensates for clutch-disc wear over time.

Optimal gearing provides a strong linear delivery of acceleration with the load characteristics of the clutch pedal complementing the high-performance engine.

Electric power rack-and-pinion steering provides linear feel and feedback with an aluminium steering column, bushless fastening between the manual steering gear housing and suspension member, and controlled friction characteristics.

Given the dynamic potential of the GR Yaris, it is fitted with a high-performance brake package for optimum response and control, including during enthusiastic manoeuvres such as braking-cornering-acceleration.

A short-stroke brake pedal has also been tuned to provide solid feedback while a drum-in-disc park brake with a manual lever enables fine-tuned control in performance driving.

There are large 356mm two-piece front ventilated discs with four-piston callipers and 297mm ventilated rear discs with two-piston callipers. Along with high-friction brake pads, they deliver superb heat dissipation and fade-resistant braking performance.

Electronic assistance includes anti-skid brakes with brake assist, steering-assisted vehicle stability control, traction control, hill-start assist, brake hold and active cornering assist.

Stability and traction-control functions can be switched off with Sport or Track modes engaged, supporting sporty driving on a racetrack.

Toyota Safety Sense advanced driver assistance features are centred on a pre- collision safety system3 with autonomous emergency braking to help avoid or mitigate the consequences of a collision.

It can detect pedestrians day and night and cyclists during the day. It also offers emergency steering assist and intersection assistance that can detect oncoming cars when turning right, and pedestrians crossing the street, when turning right or left.

GR Yaris also features high-speed adaptive cruise control3 above approximately 30km/h. Lane trace assist3 and lane departure alert with steering assistance3 help ensure the vehicle does not deviate from its lane.

Other safety features include auto high beam, road-sign assist, blind spot monitor, a reversing camera with guidelines, head-up display and six airbags.

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1 Achieved in test conditions for comparison purposes only. Actual fuel consumption varies depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition, load and options/accessories fitted. Source: ADR81/02 combined (litres/100km) for auto models.
2 Emissions vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition & options/accessories fitted.
3 Driver assist feature. Only operates under certain conditions. Check your Owner's Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.


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BESPOKE PLATFORM ACCOMMODATES NEW GR-FOUR AWD SYSTEM


The performance foundation of GR Yaris is a dedicated new architecture that combines the front end of Toyota's GA-B platform - which debuted in the all-new Yaris - with the rear of the GA-C platform used in vehicles including Corolla.

This unique setup allows for a new suspension design and accommodates the GR-FOUR all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, while also contributing to the car's excellent stability and handling.

A GR-FOUR logo on the tailgate points to the illustrious heritage of the Celica GT-FOUR, which featured in Toyota's most successful WRC campaigns with 30 rally victories, four drivers' and two manufacturers' championship titles.

As a homologation model, the GR Yaris will support the development of a new competition car for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team's WRC campaign.

Since rejoining the championship in 2017, Toyota has won both the manufacturers' championship, in 2018 and, with Ott Tänak, the drivers' championship in 2019.

GR-FOUR is a mechanical, electronically controlled AWD system that is designed to optimise drive power to each wheel, while also being simple, compact and light.

This ingenious system uses a slightly different gear ratio for each axle that allows a theoretical range from full front-wheel drive to full rear-wheel drive.

It features a die-cast aluminium transfer case with a left-right split construction, 3-joint/2-axis propeller shaft and drive shafts with constant velocity joints.

A high-performance coupling in front of the rear axle ensures quick delivery of appropriate levels of torque to the rear through an electronically controlled multiplate clutch integrated with the rear differential.

The full-time active torque-split system offers three selectable drive modes through a dial on the centre console.

Normal mode delivers 60 per cent of drive torque to the front wheels and 40 per cent to the rear and is the default position for enjoyable sports-car driving.

In Sport mode, the GR-FOUR system is rear-drive focused with a front-rear torque split of 30-70 to provide greater agility and quick turn-in for enthusiastically tackling winding country roads.

Track mode splits torque evenly between the front and rear for greater stability on race circuits.

Irrespective of the selected mode, an ECU automatically adjusts torque balance in response to driver inputs (steering angle, throttle and brake-pedal activation), vehicle behaviour (such as acceleration and yaw rate) and road or track conditions.

At the limits, the system also co-operates with vehicle stability control and the anti-skid brake system for optimum drive and brake forces.

Compared with the five-door Yaris hatch, GR Yaris has a new suspension system with more rigid components designed to support enthusiastic driving.

The front MacPherson strut suspension offers light weight and high rigidity with stiffened bushes, front knuckle and front lower arm, ensuring maximum control and stability.

Spring rates, geometry and large 35mm-bore dampers have been developed to deliver excellent road holding and responsiveness by minimising lateral and torsional movement.

At the rear, a rigid trailing-type multilink rear suspension is tuned for optimal responsiveness, handling and traction in high-speed cornering.

It features stiff bushes and bearings, 32mm bore dampers, and two pillow ball joints on the lower side of the rear axle.

Changes to the rear suspension include a trailing-arm set-up, new upper arms and high-response shock absorbers.


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GR PERFORMANCE BRAND DEVELOPED OVER 25 YEARS


Toyota's new GR performance brand comes from the initials of the GAZOO Racing, which uses the extreme conditions of motorsport to forge new technologies and solutions that can be applied to road cars.

GAZOO's roots go back to 1996 - a time when current global president Akio Toyoda was a regional sales rep.

He teamed up with a small group of enthusiastic people who conceived the idea of selling dealer trade-ins using photos - a revolutionary idea in the pre-internet era.

Despite the involvement of the Toyoda family scion, internal apprehension prevented the new company from using the Toyota name.

Instead, they modified the Japanese word for "image" - gazo - and GAZOO was born.

It was hugely successful, with GAZOO photos halving the time it took dealers to sell those cars.

So, the link between Akio Toyoda and GAZOO is deeply personal - and it has only grown closer.

In the mid-2000s, he was sharing his views on cars with renowned test driver Hiromu Naruse, who had been with Toyota since the days of the 2000GT in the 1960s.

Test drivers, by nature, are brave people - and he told Mr Toyoda: "I don't care to hear comments about cars from someone who hardly knows how to drive."

Instead of firing Naruse, Akio became his student. He learnt how to drive - fast - and gained an understanding of motorsport as a platform for creating "ever-better" cars and for training the people who build the cars.

By 2007, the two men put a small team together to enter the 24 Hours Nűrburgring.

Unable to use the factory-backed team name, Toyota Racing, they called it TEAM GAZOO, with Akio driving under his Morizo pseudonym.

They competed with two Altezzas and a tiny budget. Miraculously, both cars finished the race.

A couple of years later, the team was reborn as GAZOO Racing with internal test drivers giving way to professional drivers and development.

The team helped develop the Lexus LFA, increasing its top speed and taking it to a class victory in the 24-hour German classic.

This led Toyota to approve a limited release of 500 vehicles - the first time that GAZOO Racing's production efforts took shape.

In 2015, all Toyota's motorsport activities were united under the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing banner with the GAZOO Racing Company taking responsibility for planning, developing and producing cars.

In September that year, the GR brand was born - incorporating the knowledge and expertise of motorsport activities - and maintaining the dream of its founders to build "ever-better" cars.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has been the driving force behind multiple championship titles at the highest levels of international motorsport: the World Rally Championship, World Endurance Championship and Dakar.

Another extreme challenge is known as the Five Continents Drive, which began in Australia in 2014 before adding the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia in subsequent years.

The Australian leg spanned 72 days in 2014 with 80 team members circling the continent in 13 vehicles over conditions so varied that they accounted for 80 per cent of the world's most demanding roads.

This project was based on the belief that "roads build people, and people build cars" - in other words, giving Toyota people insights that can't be found on a test course, and using that experience to improve their skills so they can build "ever-better" cars.

These activities involve extremes that reveal aspects of vehicles that may have gone undiscovered, leading to insights that support the development of mass-production models.

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GR YARIS SPECIFICATIONS


DIMENSIONS
EXTERIOR1
Overall length3995mm
Overall width1805mm
Overall height1455mm
Wheelbase2560mm
Front track1535mm
Rear track1565mm
Running ground clearance124mm
Front overhang830mm
Rear overhang605mm
INTERIOR1
Length1880mm
Width1430mm
Height1175mm
Luggage volume (VDA)141 litres
Luggage capacity with rear seats down737 litres (VDA)
WEIGHTS AND CAPACITIES1
Kerb weight1280kg
Gross vehicle mass1645kg
Fuel tank50 litres
Seating4 people
POWERTRAIN
PETROL ENGINE
Model codeG16E-GTS
TypeIn-line 3-cylinder
Valve mechanismDOHC 4-valve, roller-rocker with variable valve timing
Combustion chamber typePent roof
Induction Ball-bearing turbocharger with intercooler
Capacity1618cm3
Bore x stroke87.5mm x 89.7mm
Compression ratio10.5:1
Power200kW @ 6500rpm
Torque370Nm @ 3000-4600rpm
Fuel systemD-4ST direct and port injection
Min fuel octane98 RON
EmissionsEURO 6
DRIVETRAIN
TypeOn-demand GR-FOUR permanent AWD
Rear differentialIntegrated electronically controlled multi-plate type clutch
Selectable modes (front:rear)Normal (60:40), sport (30:70), track (50:50)
TRANSMISSION
TypeEA67F intelligent six-speed manual, travel-adjusted clutch
Ratios
1st3.538
2nd2.238
3rd1.535
4th1.162
5th1.081
6th0.902
Reverse3.831
Final drive (1st-4th)3.941
Final drive (5th, 6th, reverse)3.350
FUEL ECONOMY2
Combined7.6 litres/100km
Extra-urban6.4 litres/100km
Urban9.6 litres/100km
CO2 emissions3172g/km
PERFORMANCE
Maximum Speed230km/h
0-100km/h5.2 seconds
CHASSIS
SUSPENSION
FrontMacPherson strut, stabiliser bar
RearTrailing multilink, stabiliser bar
STEERING
TypeRack-and-pinion electric power steering, tilt and telescopic adjustments
Steering gear ratio13.6:1
Turning circle diameter10.62m (tyre), 11.28m (body)
Turns lock to lock2.36
BRAKES
Front356mm two-piece ventilated discs, 4-piston calliper
Rear297mm ventilated discs, 2-piston calliper
Parking brakeDrum-in disc, hand lever
Brake systemsABS with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution, steering-assisted vehicle stability control, traction control, hill-start assist control
WHEELS & TYRES
Size, construction18 x 8J alloy, 225/40ZR18 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050
SpareTyre repair kit


1 Weights/mass/volumes/dimensions are approximate and subject to individual vehicle variances, and should be confirmed before fitting any accessories, towing or otherwise relying on this value.
2 Achieved in test conditions for comparison purposes only. Actual fuel consumption varies depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition, load and options/accessories fitted. Source: ADR81/02 combined/urban/extra urban (L/100km) for manual / auto models.
3 Emissions vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition & options/accessories fitted.

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