The Japanese automaker first revealed the Yaris GRMN, its hot hatch inspired by the WRC championship, back at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, but it’s only now they are detailing the crucial performance figures.
Without further ado, the supermini three-door hot hatch will sprint from 0 to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 6.3 seconds and then top out at an electronically governed maximum speed of 143 mph (230 km/h). Inspired by the WRC effort, the Yaris GRMN is shaping up as a great contender for the mass of subcompact hot hatches – but unfortunately, it’s only coming as a special series, limited to a mere 400 units. The GRMN has an extremely low curb weight of 2,502 pounds (1,135 kilograms), with the supercharged 1.8-liter inline-four engine delivers 209 horsepower (156 kilowatts) and 184 pound-feet (250 Newton-meters) of torque).
Toyota is building this mill – nicknamed 2ZR-FE, in the U.K., with the fuel system coming with elements from Toyota’s V6 engine roster. The development process took place at the company’s facility near the Nürburgring, with a six-speed manual transmission and a Torsen limited-slip differential. 17-inch BBS wheels look cool and also save weight, and there’s even a reworked sports exhaust for a “rousing” note – the pricing kicks off at €29,900 before taxes, in Europe.