The 2018 Toyota Yaris GRMN is certainly shaping up as something that every fan of the Japanese automaker needs to experience once in his or her life time – though that might be hard since we’re dealing with a low production feisty hot hatchback.
Nevertheless, if you can’t touch the thing in the metal, there’s always the wonder of the Internet – particularly YouTube, from where we dug up this test with the subcompact performance car doing a lap of the interesting Castelloli Circuit in Spain. The Yaris GRMN is easily reminiscent of the days when the Renault Clio RS was a three-door true performance car – the Japanese contender tips the scales at a mere 2,502 pounds (1,135 kilograms), and the test driver even manages to have a lot of fun in the track’s longer turns by performing long slides, something it’s actually quite an achievement for a front-wheel drive model.
Toyota’s performance division made sure the Yaris GRMN is easily controllable and lots of fun with upgrades such as better chassis reinforcements, a new front anti-roll bar, along with Sachs shocks, which are also accountable for the 0.9-inch (24-millimeter) lowered suspension. Under the hood resides a supercharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder, good for 209 horsepower (156 kilowatts) and 184 pound-feet (250 Newton-meters) of torque and capable of propelling the pocket rocket to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 6.3 seconds and then onto a maximum speed of 143 mph (230 kph).