Toyota GR Yaris
TopGear's Performance Car of 2021
GR Yaris is TopGear's Performance Car of 2021
The Toyota Gazoo Racing Yaris, usually referred to simply as the GR Yaris, has won many awards around the globe, and it has just added another feather to its cap…
TopGear Magazine South Africa recently held its Speed Week '21 challenge, where 13 performance cars challenged each other for the crown of Performance Car of the Year. This unique event involved a multi-province road trip that culminated at the Phakisa Raceway in the Free State, and featured a selection of cars including pure-bred supercars, super saloons, GT cars and hot hatches. Despite the fierce competition and diverse challenges, it was the GR Yaris that came out on top.
The combination of the GR Yaris' rally-bred DNA, user-adjustable GR-Four all-wheel drive (AWD) system and eager, free-revving 198kW 3-cylinder turbocharged engine adds up to a performance package reminiscent of the analogue sport sedans and hatches of the 90's and 2000's. Coupled with a slick (and weighted) 6-speed manual transmission and lightweight rally-optimised construction, the GR Yaris is a true driver's car in the purest sense of the word.
"Winning the TopGear SA performance car of the year title just goes to reinforce the reputation that the GR Yaris has garnered in the global motoring space and we are very proud of its achievements. While we often use marketing phrases like 'rally car for the road', it’s a solid validation for Toyota and Gazoo Racing to have a group of experienced motoring journalists pick the GR Yaris as their best performance car, amongst pretty esteemed company and other sports brands," says Glenn Crompton, Vice-President of Marketing at Toyota SA Motors.
An article on the award was featured in the November/December issue of TopGear SA.