Toyota's best hot hatch is about to get even better.
Toyota surprised everyone when it unveiled the rally-inspired GR Yaris, one of the coolest hot hatchbacks in recent years. But that doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement, because it seems Toyota's best hot hatch is about to get even hotter. Our spy photographers spotted Toyota testing a new version of the hatchback at the Nurburgring that looks even more hardcore.
What we're looking at here is possibly a Yaris GRMN or a GR Yaris S. Compared to the regular GR Yaris, the prototype is fitted with canards on the bumper and extra outlets on the front fenders to improve airflow. It's also sporting a large rear wing to keep the hatchback planted to the track.
It also has a stiffer suspension setup and rides closer to the ground, so we expect that this version should be even more fun to drive. According to our source, the Yaris prototype was being driven by Argentinian racing driver Jose-Maria Lopez.
This isn't the first time a more Toyota has been caught testing a more hardcore GR Yaris, but this prototype looks production-ready. There's no camouflage disguising its sporty body. Under the hood, the standard GR Yaris is powered by a perky 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine rated at 257 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque.
Power is sent to all four wheels through a six-speed manual, enabling the hot hatch to accelerate from 0-60 mph in under 5.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 143 mph. We would expect the GRMN to get a performance boost to around 300 hp, which will make it a formidable rival to the Golf R.
But unlike the Golf R, the hardcore GR Yaris won't be coming to America since the standard version isn't on sale here. Enthusiasts have even set up an online petition to try and make Toyota change its mind. We'll let you know immediately if we hear news on that.