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The Supercharged Toyota Yaris GRMN Needs To Come To The US

The new Toyota Yaris GRMN will be the only supercharged subcompact of its kind.

Toyota is finally returning to the hot hatch market for the first time in over a decade with its new souped-up Yaris, set for its maiden debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Following its initial announcement earlier this year, new details of the hot Yaris have now emerged. It finally has a confirmed name known as the Toyota Yaris GRMN, but it’s what lies under the hood that piques our interest - unlike most turbocharged hot hatches, the Yaris GRMN will have a supercharged engine.

Toyota states that the Yaris GRMN will be powered by a supercharged 1.8-liter gasoline engine that produces over 208 horsepower, meaning it should comfortably outperform its rivals in the hot subcompact sector such as the Ford Fiesta ST, Volkswagen Polo GTi and Peugeot 208 GTI. It’s being revealed to coincide with the manufacturer’s return to the World Rally Championship with its insane Yaris rally racer, which is incidentally powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter unit. The Yaris GRMN will be the only car in its class to be fitted with a supercharged engine, while aggressive front and rear bumpers and a large rear spoiler will differentiate it from the standard facelifted model.

And in case you were wondering, GRMN stands for “Gazoo Racing Masters of the Nurburgring,” with Gazoo Racing being Toyota's motorsport division which should signify its performance credentials. It makes you wonder if the souped-up Yaris has set a new class lap record at the Green Hell. No word yet on whether the Euro-centric Toyota Yaris GRMN will make it stateside, though, but we can hope.

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