New Toyota GR Yaris: 257bhp hot hatch enters production

Опубликованно 03.09.2020 08:35

New Toyota GR Yaris: 257bhp hot hatch enters production

The 257bhp   Toyota GR Yaris, the second model in the GR sports car range, has entered production at a new, bespoke facility in Japan ahead of its October launch.  

The first production example left the new GR   line last week, following the implementation of a new vehicle assembly   system that comprises a series of individual cells connected by driverless vehicles. Toyota says this method is more suitable than the conventional conveyor belt system used elsewhere   because it allows for greater accuracy in constructing   rigid sports car shells and chassis.   

The GR Yaris was recently made available to pre-order from ?29,995 ahead of its market launch.

Interested buyers are invited to choose between the standard variant - which comes equipped with 18in alloy wheels wrapped in Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres, as well as   dual-exit exhaust pipes, a leather steering wheel, keyless entry and active noise control as standard - or the hardcore Circuit Pack variant. This latter   bumps the price up to ?33,495 and adds a pair of limited-slip differentials, red brake calipers, sticky Michelin Pilot sports tyres and tuned suspension in the name of enhanced dynamics.  

Both models are painted white as standard, but   red, black and silver finishes are available as optional extras. Deliveries are set to get underway in November.  

The new hot hatch,   which   Autocar has driven   in camouflagued prototype form,   has been developed by Gazoo Racing in Japan as a homologation special   to aid development of the next-generation Yaris WRC. Tommi M?kinen Racing, which runs Toyota’s World Rally Championship   programme, had significant input into the model.

The GR Yaris   joins the GR Supra in Toyota\'s growing performance line-up. At the car\'s launch, Gazoo Racing boss   Shigeki Tomoyama said: “While the new GR Supra is a sports car developed through track racing, the GR Yaris has been devised through our participation in rallies – something that many of our fans have been waiting for.”

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