That's 100 hp per cylinder.
Small economy cars don't sell well in America; hence 2020 is the last model year for the Toyota Yaris here. That's a bummer for those that could use a fun little fuel sipper but it's also a bummer for American enthusiasts. It means we likely won't be seeing the hopped up hot hatch that is the Toyota GR (Gazoo Racing) Yaris. The little car weighing just 2,822 lbs makes around 260 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque, which sounds like a thrill ride to us. Deliveries are just about getting underway, but already aftermarket tuners are having a field day. Now, the German electronic tuning company DTE Systems has announced it has unlocked 300 hp from the already manic tiny terror.
DTE Systems usual trick is to unlock power from the ECU, so we're assuming it has modified the existing parameters for the little turbocharged three-cylinder engine by upping the boost from the turbos, running the fuel richer, and playing with the engine mapping. DTE Systems also goes the extra mile with its PowerControl X mobile app that allows the driver to switch between three different tunes. Efficiency, Dynamic, and Sport modes means that every trip to work or the grocery store doesn't have to be an adrenaline spike leading to over-excitement and a speeding ticket. Using the app also allows users to keep up to date with the tuning house's latest software.
For the hardcore hot hatch enthusiast, DTE Systems will also offer its PedalBox kit for the GR Yaris. It accesses the drive-by-wire system and allows the driver to tune throttle response to their own preference. Other tuning companies are hot on the heels of DTE, including UK-based tuning house Litchfield. It looks like Litchfield is aiming for an even 300 hp and developing a suspension package that lowers the car even more than its stock WRC ride height. It's just a shame that we'll have to watch from afar as the Europeans have their fun with Toyota's little rocket ship.