Do not let the fact that it shares a name with Toyota’s regular five-door Yaris hatchback fool you, the GR is a truly special machine. It packs the firepower to embarrass far more expensive performance cars, but it’s also perfectly suited to UK roads, with its startling all-wheel drive traction, diminutive dimensions and incredible high-speed composure. What you have is one of the most characterful and entertaining hot hatches of the last decade, especially if you have the optional Circuit Pack.
The GR Yaris incorporates knowledge and technology born from the World Rally Championship, to deliver performance every day. Developed with the experts at Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team, GR Yaris incorporates advanced technology including GR-FOUR their first sports AWD system in 20 years. Packing 261bhp and 266lb ft of torque, the 1.6-litre engine in the Yaris GR is actually the world’s most powerful three-cylinder engine. It sends this power to the road via a six-speed manual gearbox and a clever all-wheel drive system. The result is a car that can accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds (according to Toyota`s figures) and will go on to a limited top speed of 143mph. That puts this in the same performance leagues as larger and more powerful hot hatches such as the Honda Civic Type R and the Renault Megane RS.
The car we have on offer here is a VAT qualifying 1 owner car with only 104 miles on the clock. This little pocket rocket is presented in precious black with black GR Ultrasuede sports seats and comes with the optional desired Circuit pack. The car also comes with 18” BBS 10 spoke alloys painted in black with red brake callipers, a reversing camera, 8inch multimedia screen, GR floor mats and door scuff plates, Bluetooth and USB connectivity and a 3 spoke multifunction GR steering wheel.