Toyota GR Yaris RS power output is almost same with the Vios

Updated Apr 05, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The Toyota GR Yaris RS gets sporty looks but underwhelming power 

A new Toyota GR Yaris RS has been launched in Japan with a power output that is almost the same with the Vios, which is underwhelming considering all the hype generated by this hot hatch. 

It is underwhelming since GR stands for Gazoo Racing, which is Toyota’s motorsport division. As such, Toyota cars with the GR badge should ideally have significantly more power than stock cars available in the market such as the Vios.

A black Yaris

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The GR Yaris RS’s exterior looks sporty and worthy of being called a hot hatch. However, looking at its spec sheet is a different story. 

Under the hood, it is equipped with a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine that generates 118 hp and 145 Nm of torque. To put things in perspective the current 1.5-liter Vios G variant, available in the Philippine market, generates 106 hp and 140 Nm of torque.

The GR Yaris RS’s engine is connected to a CVT that has a 10-speed sequential shiftmatic.

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Rear view of the Yaris

Significant exterior updates have been made to complement its whopping engine power

Aside from the RS, the Japanese automaker also offers the RZ and RC variants. The RC and RZ models are powered by a bigger 1.6-liter 3-cylinder gasoline turbo engine that is capable of producing 268 hp and 370 Nm of torque – twice the power of the RS model.

These two new models will come with a 6-speed manual transmission and four-wheel drive with a mode dial switch (Normal/Sport/Track).

If you feel displeased with the Yaris RS, then you shouldn’t worry as this model will be available in Japan only. Toyota President Akio Toyoda, however, is still confident with the said released lineup as his company seeks to develop its people and its cars through the pursuit of making ever-better cars.

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Interior view of the Yaris

Here's an interior view of the new GR Yaris

"The GR Yaris is a car developed for win. In the past, we tried to be successful in motorsports by taking a production car and adapting it for motorsports. GR Yaris is the very first model to reverse this process. There is no limit when it comes to the improvement of this car. The final touches to this car should be done by your own hands,” he said.

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Know more about Toyota Yaris 2022

Toyota Yaris

Like its brothers in other Southeast Asian markets, the Philippine-spec Toyota Yaris is a five-door subcompact hatchback based on the Toyota Vios sedan. Locally, it is available in two variants: the Yaris E 1.3 AT and the Yaris S 1.5 AT. Toyota Yaris price Philippines starts at ₱973,000 for the entry-level E 1.3 AT, while the top-of-the-line Toyota Yaris S 1.5 AT is priced at ₱1,114,000

Both trims of the 2021-2022 Toyota Yaris Philippines utilize a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine capable of making up to 106 horsepower and 140 Nm of torque. For both Yaris variants, both come with a continuously variable transmission with a paddle shifter manual-mode. 

Size-wise, the Toyota Yaris measures 4,140mm long, 1,730mm wide, and 1,500mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,550mm, and a ground clearance of 140mm. 

In the local market, the Toyota Yaris’ competitors includes the likes of the Volkswagen Santana GTS, Honda City hatchback, Mazda2, Suzuki Swift, etc. 

₱ 973,000 - ₱ 1,114,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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