The Toyota GR Yaris is the most exciting performance car released by the Japanese automaker since the new Supra and in this video we are given a closer look at the powerful hatchback.
The example tested in this video denoted the GR Yaris RZ GR-Four in Japan and is one of three variants offered in the local market, the other two being the entry-level RS with the engine. 1.5 liter and top RC. bypassing amenities like infotainment systems
About two-thirds of the video focuses on the exterior and interior of the Yaris GR, but things get especially interesting as reviewers jump in behind the wheel and drive mentally.
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As you might already know, the proper Yaris GR (not the 1.5-liter variant) is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged three-cylinder that makes 268 hp and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm ) according to Japanese specifications. Those are great numbers for a three-cylinder of this capacity, but as the reviewers in this video reveal, the car doesn’t sound very good. In fact, all you can hear from the driver’s seat is the tiny sound of the three cylinders but inability to hear the exhaust.
When driving the hatch through some zigzag roads, reviewers noted that it entered a good corner but was not blown away by it. They argue that simply driving is nothing fun and feels more like a ‘warm hatch’ than a proper hot hatch. They also say it’s probably not worth the money – almost 5 million yen ($ 47,830) locally.
We hope to get a chance to drive the Yaris GR in the coming months and can’t wait to see if we can come to the same conclusion.