It's such a shame the Toyota GR Yaris is forbidden fruit in America.
The new Toyota GR Yaris rally car was supposed to make its triumphant debut at the 2020 World Rally Championship season. While the development of the rally car was scrapped, the GR Yaris will make its rally debut at the 2021 Australian Rally Championship in March 2021.
Thankfully, the road-going homologation car entered production. The result was the Toyota GR Yaris, one of the most exciting hot hatchbacks in a long time. In stock form, the rally-inspired Toyota Yaris packs a turbocharged 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine producing up to 268 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque. Since it only weighs 2,822 pounds, the hot-hatch will rocket from 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds.
With some extra modifications by Australian tuner Maxx Performance, Toyota's new hot hatch is also capable of setting some blistering quarter-mile times.
To extract more performance from the pocket rocket, the tuner has fitted a new catback exhaust that gives the tiny three-cylinder engine a throatier soundtrack, air filter, and wider wheels and tires. To see what the modified GR Yaris could do, the car performed a series of quarter-mile runs at the Heathcote Park Raceway in Australia. In the first run, the GR Yaris completed the quarter-mile in 13.38 seconds at 105 mph.
After a better launch, the tuned hot hatch posted a time of 13.04 seconds at 105 mph. In the final run, the GR Yaris did the quarter-mile dash in just 12.84 seconds at 105 mph. To put this into perspective, that's faster than a Ford Focus RS, which achieved a quarter-mile time of 13.4 seconds at 105 mph according to independent testing in the US.
Clearly, the Toyota GR Yaris has a lot of untapped potential - just imagine what it can do with more extensive modifications from other aftermarket tuners. Sadly, Toyota isn't planning to sell the GR Yaris in America, but we're hoping the rumored GR Corolla Hatchback will take its place since hot-hatches are becoming increasingly scarce in the US.