It looks like a street-legal WRC car.
Although the 2020 Toyota Yaris Hatchback was already discontinued in the United States, it is still very much alive in other parts of the world. Earlier this year, in fact, Toyota released a hot Yaris GR variant powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine sending 268 horsepower out to all-wheel-drive through a six-speed manual transmission. With a curb weight of just 2,822 pounds, the car takes only 5.5 seconds to hit 60 mph.
As hot hatch lovers, the Yaris GR already sounds perfect to us, but it will not remain as the only variant available. Toyota will offer three different versions of the Yaris GR, and we have just spotted one of them testing on the Nurburgring in Germany.
Toyota will reportedly offer the car in three flavors, RZ, RS, and RC. The RZ is what we've already seen, a road-going enthusiast's car with forged BBS wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, and front and rear Torsen limited-slip differentials. The RS is a softer version, with a continuously variable transmission replacing the six-speed manual. Then there is the RC, which appears to be what we spotted at the Ring.
The RC is expected as a stripped-down model built specifically for racing, with luxuries like the radio removed to save weight. This test mule clearly looks hotter than the standard Yaris GR, canards up front, and a massive wing in the rear. It also boasts different wheels and what looks like a lowered, stiffer suspension.
Our spy photographers believe this could also be a hotter Yaris GRMN version, which would go on sale wherever the current Yaris GR is sold. Unfortunately, the US is not one of the markets. The best we can hope for is a Corolla GR, which would borrow the three-cylinder engine, six-speed manual transmission, and the AWD from the Yaris GR, integrated into a slightly larger package.