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A Rally Yaris for the Road

The GR Yaris made a debut in Japan

A Rally Yaris for the Road

A Rally Yaris for the Road

 

Hot hatches, especially small ones, are such fun – just about the most fun you can have in a car, to be honest. And the new Gazoo Racing Yaris looks like it could be the most fun of all, if the recent Japanese launch is anything to go by.

In developing the GR Yaris, the engineering team took valuable lessons that Gazoo Racing had learnt from the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team (WRT), including how to make cars that are competitive in the WRC, and applied them to a sporty Yaris for the real world. It is the first time that Toyota has reversed the norm of building a motorsports car from a production car, instead basing the production car on the motorsport vehicle.

As you’d expect of a car that was born in motorsport, the GR Yaris was engineered to be extremely aerodynamic, light weight and have a highly rigid chassis, three factors that will make entertaining driving a certainty.

The GR Yaris is not a single model, but actually a small lineup of three models: The RS, RZ and RC, in order of performance.

The RS is intended as the most mainstream of the three – a car for enjoyment on the road. The RS uses a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine and a direct-shift CVT transmission with 10 gears.

Then there’s the RZ, a high-output vehicle that gets in the region of between 192kW and 200Kw and 360Nm/370Nm from a three-cylinder, 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine. This is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox and an all-wheel-drive system dubbed ‘GR-FOUR’, as well as limited-slip front and rear differentials. It is the RZ model that is intended for South African shores (hopefully in 2021), as the RS and RC are both reserved for the Japanese domestic market. 

Speaking of the RC, it is a track-based car aimed for motorsports competition, and is essentially an RZ model with all equipment that is not essential stripped away for a lighter overall weight and therefore improved performance.

The Gazoo Racing vehicles are all built by a takumi (master craftsmanship) team in exclusive production lines at the Motomachi Plant in Japan.

A Rally Yaris for the Road

 

Hot hatches, especially small ones, are such fun – just about the most fun you can have in a car, to be honest. And the new Gazoo Racing Yaris looks like it could be the most fun of all, if the recent Japanese launch is anything to go by.

In developing the GR Yaris, the engineering team took valuable lessons that Gazoo Racing had learnt from the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team (WRT), including how to make cars that are competitive in the WRC, and applied them to a sporty Yaris for the real world. It is the first time that Toyota has reversed the norm of building a motorsports car from a production car, instead basing the production car on the motorsport vehicle.

As you’d expect of a car that was born in motorsport, the GR Yaris was engineered to be extremely aerodynamic, light weight and have a highly rigid chassis, three factors that will make entertaining driving a certainty.

The GR Yaris is not a single model, but actually a small lineup of three models: The RS, RZ and RC, in order of performance.

The RS is intended as the most mainstream of the three – a car for enjoyment on the road. The RS uses a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine and a direct-shift CVT transmission with 10 gears.

Then there’s the RZ, a high-output vehicle that gets in the region of between 192kW and 200Kw and 360Nm/370Nm from a three-cylinder, 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine. This is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox and an all-wheel-drive system dubbed ‘GR-FOUR’, as well as limited-slip front and rear differentials. It is the RZ model that is intended for South African shores (hopefully in 2021), as the RS and RC are both reserved for the Japanese domestic market. 

Speaking of the RC, it is a track-based car aimed for motorsports competition, and is essentially an RZ model with all equipment that is not essential stripped away for a lighter overall weight and therefore improved performance.

The Gazoo Racing vehicles are all built by a takumi (master craftsmanship) team in exclusive production lines at the Motomachi Plant in Japan.