Toyota today introduced the new Toyota Yaris GR SPORT, joining the multiple award-winning Yaris Family which has the Yaris, the current Car of the Year 2021 in Europe, at its heart and also features the successful and popular performance-focussed GR Yaris model which, among a long list of awards, was recently awarded a coveted 2021 Golden Steering Wheel in Germany.
The new Yaris GR SPORT can be specified with a new, attractive Dynamic Grey tone which is available only on the GR SPORT model and includes a bi-tone treatment with black accenting.
New, bespoke 18-inch wheels with machined red accent line segments remind reinforce the GAZOO Racing lineage and the front grille receives a brand new mesh design which features a distinct “G” motif pattern.
In addition, a new T-shaped diffuser brings a confident presence to the Yaris GR SPORT.
The GAZOO Racing theme continues into the interior with GAZOO Racing logos on the steering wheel, seat headrest, push-to-start button and main instrument display.
Seats feature a new fabric trim with red accented stitching on all grades, while a new Ultrasuede™ seat with heating is offered as an option. The red stitching is also extended to the steering wheel in perforated leather and gear shift.
The door trim, side register, console and steering wheel all feature GR SPORT exclusive gun metal silver finishes.
The new Yaris GR SPORT is available with either the 1.5-litre hybrid or the 1.5-litre petrol equipped with Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) which automatically increases the engine revs when downshifting to ensure smooth gear changes. The iMT system also works when shifting up through the gears to reduce shift shock. Smooth standing starts are also ensured, and the risk of stalling is negligible.
Both front and rear suspensions have been upgraded to deliver enhanced performance. The shock absorbers have been optimised so that at lower speeds, they react quicker to offer improved steering response and ride comfort. Additionally, in the rear, the springs are optimised to supress body tilt or wheel lift during acceleration and braking to ensure a smooth and Fun to Drive experience.
The Electronic Power Steering of the Yaris GR SPORT has been updated to reduce steering input delay which means enhanced lane trace accuracy and a more responsive steering feel.
Additional underfloor braces on both sides of the Yaris GR SPORT enhances the car’s body rigidity, handling and stability.
Aerodynamic performance has been improved with additional liners inside the front and rear wheel housing to reduce drag.
The new Yaris GR SPORT will be available in Europe from Q2 2022.