Toyota is following up its acclaimed Yaris GRMN hardcore hot hatch with a warm hatch sister car – and uniquely, the new Yaris GR Sport is offered in hybrid-only guise.
The hot-look Yaris hatch uses the same 1.5-litre drivetrain as regular Yaris; although this means a decidedly tepid 0-62mph time of just under 12 seconds, it also means almost 70mpg economy, and sub-100g/km CO2 emissions, and a sliver of low-speed electric-only running in town.
So although it’s not a Master of the Nurburgring, it’s perfect for mastering city centre emissions.
Toyota will reveal the Yaris GR Sport at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, ahead of it going on sale later in the year. It’s the first GR Sport model variant, but not the last, as the firm looks to build upon the cult appeal of its GRMN brand.
It’s no lukewarm effort, either. Toyota’s actually fitted the same Bridgestone Potenza RE50 tyres as the spicy GRMN model, fitted to 17-inch cast alloys. These aren’t quite as exotic as the GRMN’s, but the weight gain is only 5kg, as it’s restricted the options take elsewhere on the GR Sport.
Like the GRMN, the GR Sport gets a black roof and rear spoiler, plus black door mouldings, black door mirror caps and a black grille. There’s rear privacy glass, plentiful GR badges and the option to add red decals on the front lip and rear bumper – you would, wouldn’t you?
Headlights are unique to the GR Sport. Guess what: they have black internal detailing.
There’s a black rooflining, black GR-branded floor mats and black Ultrasuede upholstery for the GR-branded front sports seats. Toyota’s programmed in a GR logo to flash in the TFT display during start-up.
And the finishing touch? The very same small-diameter three-spoke steering wheel as in the GT86 coupe.
Consider us sold, Toyota. We look forward to seeing more at the 2018 Paris show.