Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Toyota Yaris GR Sport Arrives With A Focus On Sharpening Handling

Toyota Yaris GR Sport Arrives With A Focus On Sharpening Handling

These will be followed by regular production Yaris Y20 models that will be available through the 2019 model year.

In fact the new Yaris Sport GR is the Toyota apology before the European buyers who have not got a Toyota Yaris GRMN. The GRMN-inspired modifications are focused on the suspension, giving the vehicle engaging handling and responsiveness. Toyota says it delivers "genuine fun-to-drive performance and sports styling", with a range of modifications including Sachs Performance dampers "similar" to those in the GRMN, a solid rather than hollow anti-roll bar for rigidity and lower ride height.

The introduction of the GR Sport grade is a further example of how the worldwide motorsports success of Toyota Gazoo Racing is feeding directly into an exciting new generation of GR-branded road-going cars.

Black 17-inch cast alloy wheels are exclusive to the GR Sport, but are fitted with the same Bridgestone Potenza RE50 205/45 R17 rubber worn by the GRMN model.

Ground clearance has dropped by 11mm, and the wheel arch gap is down by 18mm.

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The exterior has been updated with a black roof, a rear spoiler, piano-black door moldings, a black honeycomb grille with matching door mirror housings and front fog lamp surrounds. Dark-tinted rear privacy glass is also fitted as standard, together with GR badging. For a pop of colour, buyers can add optional red decals to the front lip and top section of the rear bumper.

Inside, the new Toyota Yaris GR Sport features GR-branded sports seats finished in Ultrasuede with contrast white stitching and white inserts.

Although the new GR Sport model doesn't gain any additional power (the five-door model will be offered with the standard 1,5-litre hybrid powertrain used in Europe), its suspension has been suitably upgraded, which Toyota promises lends the hatchback "engaging handling and responsiveness". A black headliner and satin chrome trim improve the look.

Inside the auto, GR-branded Ultrasuede seats sit up front while the steering wheel is lifted from the Toyota GT86 coupe. Black GR-branded mats with silver edging are also part of the package.

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