Would you pay nearly $40,000 for Toyota's new hot hatch?
Following its unveiling last month, pre-orders for the 2020 Toyota GR Yaris are now live. Sadly, Toyota's extreme hot hatchback won't be going on sale in America, but we now know how much it would have cost. In Germany, the high-performance Toyota GR Yaris will start at €33,200 - that's around $37,000. UK customers, on the other hand, will need to shell out £29,995 ($38,462) and £33,495 ($42,950) for the GR Yaris Circuit Pack.
The price makes sense, however, considering that the Toyota GR Yaris is an entirely bespoke model developed by Toyota Gazoo Racing and Tommi Makinen Racing. It will also form the basis of a new competition car that will compete in the World Rally Championship, so it has some serious pedigree. Suddenly, $38,000 for a road-going rally car seems like a bargain, especially considering the amount of work that went into this project.
There's a lot to like about the Toyota GR Yaris, so we can't hide our envy. Powering this pocket rocket is a 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine that develops 257 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque in the European version, while the more powerful Japanese version has 268 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.
That may sound relatively modest, but the hot hatch weighs just 2,822 pounds, enabling it to hit 0-62 mph in less than 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 143 mph. Combined with an all-wheel drive system and six-speed manual gearbox as standard, the Toyota GR Yaris should be an absolute hoot to drive. Unfortunately, we'll probably never find out.
Will the Toyota GR Yaris ever come to America? It's unlikely, but Toyota recently got our hopes up when the company asked US fans on Twitter if they want the GR Yaris last month. While the Toyota GR Yaris won't be available in the US, Toyota is considering giving the Corolla and C-HR crossover the hardcore GR treatment, which are more likely to come to America.