The Yaris hasn’t exactly been the most exciting car in its segment, but Toyota changed our opinion about the supermini when it unveiled the supercharged GRMN back in 2017. A new generation of the subcompact hatchback debuted several months ago and it’s already getting the high-performance treatment courtesy of a GR version positioned below a very possible GRMN variant Toyota has already hinted at.
The pocket rocket is basically everything you’d want from a fun little car – lots of power, a manual gearbox, and all-wheel drive. With 257 hp on tap, the GR Yaris is equipped with the world’s most powerful three-cylinder engine installed in a road car. The turbocharged 1.6-liter mill is an all-new development and offers a massive peak torque of 266 pound-feet transferred to both axles through a six-speed stick shift.
Despite the addition of AWD as well as two Torsen limited-slip differentials, the GR Yaris weighs only 1,280 kilograms (2,822 pounds) and promises to offer a thrilling experience behind the wheel. It does the 0 to 100 km/h in less than five and a half seconds and will top out at an electronically capped 230 km/h.
Drivers will get to play with a 4WD dial switch allowing them to pick between Normal, Sport, and Track modes. In Normal, front and rear torque distribution is split 60:40, while in Sport it changes to 30:70. Head to the circuit and turn on Track mode and torque will be split evenly between the two axles. It’s worth mentioning these represent the default settings as the 4WD system is automatically adjustable and can send the full torque to the front or rear wheels depending on the road conditions and the driver’s inputs.