The Golf R is about to get some stiff competition from Toyota.
Built as a homologation special for Toyota's canceled 2021 WRC car, the rally-inspired Toyota GR Yaris one of the coolest hot hatchbacks we can't buy. Sadly, Toyota refuses to sell it in America where there is less demand for these pocket rockets.
Just to make us more jealous, Toyota has been caught testing an even more hardcore version of the GR Yaris. Caught on video tearing up the Nurburgring, the track-focused prototype is kitted out with sporty components you won't find on the regular GR Yaris. The prototype was clearly being pushed hard as we get to hear the tires beg for mercy.
We're most likely looking at the new hardcore Yaris GRMN. The canards on the front bumper have been modified and the prototype also has larger fender vents than the regular GR Yaris. More noticeable changes can be found at the back, which features a larger rear wing to help keep the hot-hatch glued to the track.
The suspension appears to have been tweaked as the prototype sits closer to the ground than the regular GR Yaris. We're also expecting the track-focused GR Yaris to have sharper steering and beefier brakes. These modifications will make the GR Yaris even more fun to throw around a track.
It remains a mystery if Toyota has made any modifications under the hood. In its standard guise, the GR Yaris packs a 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine producing 257 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to all four wheels through a six-speed manual. This unit happens to be the most powerful three-cylinder engine ever fitted to a production car.
With this setup, the YR Yaris will accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 5.5 seconds and top out at 143 mph. Nothing is official yet, but we're expecting Toyota to increase the output to around 300 hp, which will put the new Yaris GRMN in Golf R territory.