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Green and Mean Yarises

Although not the most popular, the Toyota Yaris certainly has a lot of potential.

Sales of the Toyota Yaris may very well skyrocket after people see all of these green and mean Yarises. The Yaris is the cheapest and smallest member of the Toyota family, but that doesn't mean it should be overlooked or branded as "boring." There have been a handful of modified Yarises that are capable of both burning up the track and greening the environment, though not at the same time. So the next time you see one of these small cars on the road, just remember these unique versions.

The B-Spec Yaris is the closet the Yaris has come to "cool" in quite awhile. This sporty upgrade was spotted at SEMA 2011 and features everything needed to kick butt in the B-Spec racing series including a gutted interior, Cusco Zero-3 suspension and a modified engine featuring a cat-back exhaust and a new management system. Toyota has no plans of putting the B-Spec Yaris or anything like it into production.yet.

SEMA 2008 featured a greener Yaris in the form of the Yaris Tailback. This literally green hatchback was designed to run on both gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG). The car can be switched from gasoline to CNG with the push of a button and features suicide doors and a hooked-up interior.

Japan's Gazoo Racing is the one to thank for the awesome Yaris Turbo concept. This Yaris features a new body kit, suspension and engine. The Yaris Turbo gets its name from its 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that pumps out 180hp and 162 lb-ft. of torque.

Out of all the Yarises on this list the HSD concept is the one most likely to be available to consumers in some form or another. The HSD is sleeker and larger than current models and features 18-inch wheels and an air conditioner powered by rooftop solar panels.

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