A new tweet from the automaker has sent hot hatch fans into a frenzy.
Just a few weeks ago, we lamented the fact that the Toyota GR Yaris will probably never come to North America. Not only does it look the part, but the GR (Gazoo Racing) seems to have all the ingredients to make it the perfect pocket rocket: 268 horsepower, a six-speed manual gearbox, all-wheel-drive, and a weight of just 2,822 pounds. It'll cover 0-62 mph in under 5.5 seconds, in case you're wondering.
It seems that Toyota USA has heard the pleas of motoring journalists and car enthusiasts, at least according to a new tweet from the manufacturer's Twitter account above an image of the GR, posing the question: "Does the North American market need another hot hatch? Let us know what you think!"
The Twitterati wasted no time in answering Toyota with a resounding "yes!". One user claimed to have created a Twitter account only to beg Toyota to bring the GR Yaris here, and another hit the nail on the head, saying: "American small car enthusiasts are dying with such a minimal selection. Please bring this here."
A quick look at Yaris-sized hot hatchbacks available in the States amounts to little more than the Ford Fiesta ST, the Mini Cooper JCW, and the Fiat 500 Abarth. That's hardly a wide selection, so the Yaris GR would certainly appeal to enthusiasts who want performance in a more compact package.
Whether Toyota's tweet is just a tease or a hint that it is genuinely considering bringing the GR Yaris here remains to be seen, but more often than not, manufacturers only make statements - even indirect ones - when it's part of a bigger story. The GR Yaris would also atone for the fact that we've been stuck with the older (and much blander) Mazda 2-based Yaris hatchback.
Over 15,000 fans have already signed a petition at Change.Org asking for Toyota to bring the GR Yaris to Canada and the US, so maybe the manufacturer has caught wind of this as well. Whatever the case, we'll be keeping a close eye on the possibility of Toyota bringing one of its most exciting performance models here.