Toyota South Africa has officially launched the GR Yaris, listing the powerful hatchback on its website.
Two models are on offer at the following prices:
Both cars share the same fundamentals, including a 1.6-litre, turbocharged, three-cylinder petrol engine.
According to the Toyota South Africa listing, this produces 198kW at 6,500rpm and 360Nm at 3,000-4,600rpm.
Both models run from 0-100km/h in 5.5 seconds, and both have a top speed of 230km/h.
Where the differences come in, and justify the R100,000 price gap, is in the features included in the Rally version.
Referred to as the “Circuit Pack” in markets such as the UK, the Rally version includes:
- Adaptive high-speed cruise control
- Heads-up display
- Lane trace assist
- LED auto high-beam lights
- Synthetic leather and suede seats
- Toyota Safety sense
Where you get your real value for money when buying the more expensive version of the GR Yaris, though, is from the drive systems.
The Rally model receives a limited slip differential which works in conjunction with its four-wheel-drive system to allow a dynamic and exciting driving set-up.
It also receives upgraded wheels and tyres – 225/40/R18 on the front and rear – all-important red brake calipers, and a tuned suspension.
The future classic
Car fans and experts alike are already calling the Toyota GR Yaris a future classic.
While it faces stiff competition in South Africa at its price point – particularly from the likes of the Golf GTI – it is a truly unique car.
It is a rally car for the road, a proper hot hatch that does justice to the name, and a little racer which will make BMW and Mercedes-Benz drivers avoid eye contact at a set of robots – in case you think they are challenging you to a drag.
To see the Toyota GR Yaris in action, check out our article here: 3 videos which really make me want to buy a Toyota GR Yaris