Hot hatch just got hotter: Toyota GRMN Yaris makes world debut

Updated Jan 14, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Only 500 GRMN Yaris units will be sold.

Toyota Gazoo Racing has just unveiled something spicy at the ongoing Tokyo Auto Salon 2022. Dubbed the GRMN Yaris, it’s a hotter version of the Toyota GR Yaris. Just how hot? Well, it’s practically sizzling.

A picture of the 2022 Toyota GRMN Yaris using the Circuit and Rally packages.

The GRMN Yaris with the Circuit Package (Black) and Rally Package (Red)

Exterior

On the outside, the all-new GRMN Yaris looks downright aggressive, even more so than the regular GR Yaris. This is thanks to the hood and roof, which are both made from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP).

A picture of the GRMN Yaris Circuit Package

GRMN Yaris with the Circuit Package

Of note, there are also two separate parts packages for the all-new GRMN Yaris. First is the dealer option Rally Package which we’ll talk about later as it focuses on mechanical upgrades.

The other one is the Circuit Package, which offers a set of 18-inch BBS GRMN exclusive wheels, a lip spoiler, and side skirt as well as a carbon fiber rear spoiler. It also has some GR shock absorbers which we’ll also discuss later.

A picture of the rear of the GRMN Yaris Circuit package rear.

The GRMN Yaris Circuit Package from the rear

Size-wise, the GRMN Yaris with the Circuit package also differs from the regular GR Yaris. It is 4,030mm long, 1,815mm wide, and 1,475mm in height. It is 35mm longer, 10mm wider, and 20mm lower to the ground. It also has a curb weight of 1,260kg, which is 20kg lighter than the regular model.

Interior

Inside, the dashboard looks the same, and it still gets the same climate control system as the regular Japanese-spec GR Yaris. It also lacks the head unit that is available on the standard variant.

A picture of the interior of the GRMN Yaris.

Note the lack of a touchscreen headunit

Then again, some space-saving measures have been applied to its interior. Toyota stripped it of its rear seats, replacing them with a body reinforcement brace, while a pair of presumably lighter Recaro bucket seats have been placed in front.

The GRMN Yaris also gets red contrast stitching on its steering wheel, seats, shifter boot, and floor mats. The steering wheel also comes with a red stripe marker to indicate its “dead-ahead” top position.

A picture of the interior of the GRMN Yaris from the trunk.

The rear seats were remove for weight reduction and to make space for the body reinforcement brace

Tech & Safety

To further save weight, Toyota Gazoo Racing didn’t give the GRMN Yaris a touchscreen head unit, only placing a cubby hole where the display would normally be. Then again, this empty space can be used to fit an aftermarket auxiliary gauge screen or other peripheral equipment.

A picture of the GRMN Yaris' pre-production gauge cluster

A special gauge cluster for the GRMN Yaris is currently being developed

For safety, the Recaro seats that come with this new version of the GR Yaris have integrated side airbags. It wasn’t stated in the press release, but we can assume that it retains the rest of the safety equipment available on the GR Yaris.

Engine & Performance

Mechanically, the GRMN Yaris is structurally stronger than the regular GR Yaris. This is thanks to the addition of around 540 more spot welds for its unibody frame. Moreover, it also gets an improved manual gearbox with closer gear ratios from the first to fourth gears. All gears were also improved for strength.

A picture of the Gazoo Racing reinforced clutch disc and clutch disc cover

The Gazoo Racing reinforced clutch disc and clutch disc cover for the GRMN Yaris

Toyota Gazoo Racing then equipped the GRMN Yaris with a mechanical limited slip differential, replacing the Torsen LSD on the regular GR Yaris.

The GRMN Yaris also uses a 1.6-liter inline-3 turbocharged engine. It can produce up to 272 horsepower and 390 Nm of torque. That’s 20Nm more than the regular Japanese-spec GR Yaris, but its horsepower output remains the same. As a side note, the Philippine-spec GR Yaris makes even less at 257 horsepower.

For the Circuit Package, the GRMN Yaris gets Bilstein damping force adjustable shock absorbers. Stopping power has also been improved with the use of 18-inch brake discs.

A picture of the Bilstein damping force type shock absorber for the GRMN Yaris Circuit Package

The Bilstein damping force type shock absorber for the GRMN Yaris Circuit Package

The Rally Package meanwhile includes a GR shock absorber and short stabilizer link set, a GR under guard set, as well as a GR roll bar.

Price

So, can you buy this very hot hatch? That’s not likely, at least for now.

Toyota will only release 500 GRMN Yaris units, and all of them will be sold in Japan. Moreover, you’ll have to win a lottery to even get the chance of buying this beast. The Circuit Package is even rarer, as only 50 sets will be sold.

A picture of the GRMN Yaris with the Rally Package

The Toyota GRMN Yaris Rally Package

In terms of pricing, the GRMN Yaris starts at the equivalent of around Php 3.2 million before other fees. With the Rally Package, that price is bumped up to around Php 3.756 million. The ultra-limited Circuit Package meanwhile, is priced at Php 3.795 million.

As a consolation of sorts, Toyota will be releasing some of the GRMN Yaris upgrade parts as individual pieces sometime in March 2022. Hopefully, these parts will be made available in the Philippine market.

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Know more about Toyota GR Yaris 2022

Toyota GR Yaris

The Toyota GR Yaris Philippines is a subcompact hatchback belonging to the hot hatch or sports compact category. It is offered in the Philippines with one variant only which is priced at Php 2,650,000. Powering this Japanese hot hatch is a 1.6-liter G16E-GTS turbocharged inline-3 gasoline engine that is capable of generating 257 horsepower and 360 Nm of torque, making it the most powerful commercially available three-cylinder engine to date. Only a 6-speed manual is the sole transmission option with an all-wheel-drive system.

Dimensions-wise, the GR Yaris comes with a length of 3,995 mm, a width of 1,805 mm, and a height of 1,455 mm, including ground clearance and wheelbase rated at 124 mm and 2,560 mm, respectively. Locally, Gazoo Racing's hot hatch is competing against the Honda Civic Type R.

₱ 2,740,000

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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