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Toyota Turns Yaris into “Hot Hatch” Performance Machine with the Toyota Yaris GRMN

Does Toyota Make a Hot Hatchback?

The name Toyota is synonymous with many enviable automotive traits. Reliable, versatile and forward-thinking are among the most apparent. With their TRD-Sport models, and the 2018 Toyota Camry, however, Toyota is looking to see their incredible racing credentials transferred into more performance-minded consumer vehicles.

The TRD Sport and TRD Pro models of the Toyota Sequoia, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota 4Runner and Toyota Tundra are enhanced and tuned by Toyota Racing Development feature performance upgrades. On the other hand, the 2018 Toyota Camry features a sporty new design, and is available with a V6 engine capable of outputting over 300 horsepower and 267 lb-ft. of torque.

And who can forget the devilish and sporty Toyota 86?

One performance segment that seems to be absent from Toyota’s lineup, however, is the “hot hatchback” or “hot hatch.” This term is used to describe a performance-derivative of a hatchback vehicle (3-door or 5-door models). This “class” gives drivers speed, style and handling in a stylish, surprisingly spacious compact or subcompact package.

Only recently growing in popularity stateside, the hot hatch has been a fixture of international street and track racing. The hot hatch represents an appealing compromise – a performance car that can be driven every day and taken to the track on the weekends.

The Toyota Yaris GRMN – Toyota’s Hot Hatch

The Toyota Yaris is an efficient and compelling city car. With industry-leading technology, Toyota dependability and safety features at its center, the Toyota Yaris represents extreme value in the North American market.

[READ MORE: Toyota Yaris Specs and Features]

After a 17 year hiatus, Toyota’s return to the FIA World Rally Championship demanded something new and exciting, and they delivered. The subcompact 3-door must have struck Toyota as the perfect conduit for their foray into this fresh class. With major performance upgrades, Toyota has turned the Yaris into a striking performance hatchback.

The Toyota Yaris GRMN is tuned and tested on the iconic N├╝rburgring, and is ready to conquer other tracks. Upgrades to the Toyota Yaris GRMN include:

  • Reinforced chassis, additional bracing and an extra bar between front suspension towers
  • Sports styling – an aggressive exterior paint and BBS 17″ black alloy wheels look the part
  • Front sports seats for body-holding cornering support
  • Black wing-type rear spoiler
  • Sports steering wheel, redesigned track-minded combimeter and more mark the interior for speed
  • Supercharged 1.8L engine, capable of 210-horsepower, 140 mph
  • Torsen┬« limited-slip differential

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Toyota Yaris GRMN Release Date USA

For now, the Toyota Yaris GRMN is a limited-edition model, only available in Europe. With competitors like the Ford Fiesta ST, and the Fiat 500 Abarth, however, the market here is wide open for a performance and reliability industry-leader like Toyota to introduce the Yaris GRMN to the North American market.

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One thing is for sure, the Toyota Yaris GRMN represents Toyota’s tireless mantra of test, learn, improve. Whether or not the Yaris GRMN hits our shores, drivers can count on Toyota to produce stylish and dependable performance in other forms. For future performance models, or even the possible arrival of the Yaris GRMN, be sure to check our blog!

If you have questions about Toyota vehicles, or would like to schedule a test drive with one of Toyota’s performance vehicles, contact us today!


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