World debut of the new Toyota Yaris GR SPORT with GAZOO Racing inspired performance

World debut of the new Toyota Yaris GR SPORT with GAZOO Racing inspired performance

14.09.2018: Inspired by the exclusive Yaris GRMN performance hatchback, the new Yaris GR SPORT is set to bring more sports driving pleasure to Toyota’s supermini range.

Inspired by the exclusive Yaris GRMN performance hatchback, the new Yaris GR SPORT is set to bring more sports driving pleasure to Toyota’s supermini range.





Due to go on sale from late 2018, the new model makes its world debut at the Paris Motor Show and will be the first GR SPORT specification car to be launched in Europe.




The introduction of the GR SPORT grade is a further example of how the international motorsports success of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing is feeding directly into an exciting new generation of GR-branded road-going cars.




Toyota’s return to the World Rally Championship in 2017 led to the development of the performance-focused Yaris GRMN, which won high critical acclaim and was a sell-out success with all 400 examples snapped up by customers before the car reached the showroom.




The new GR SPORT takes the GAZOO Racing sporting influence to the heart of the Yaris range, delivering genuine fun-to-drive performance and sports styling. The GRMN-inspired modifications are focused on the suspension, giving the car engaging handling and responsiveness.





It uses Sachs Performance shock absorbers similar to those fitted to the GRMN and a solid (rather than hollow) anti-roll bar to gain extra rigidity. The car has a sporting stance, too, with ground clearance reduced by 11 mm compared to the standard Yaris, and with the gap between wheel and body brought down by 18 mm.




The black 17-inch cast alloy wheels are exclusive to the GR SPORT, but are fitted with the same Bridgestone Potenza RE50 205/45R17 tyres as the GRMN model. Care has been taken to limit the increase in vehicle mass to less than 5kg by restricting the model’s feature options.





The GR SPORT is exclusively a five-door and will be available with the Yaris’ standard 1.5-litre hybrid electric powertrain.




   

Toyota Motor Europe · Bourgetlaan 60 · Brussels 1140 · Belgium

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