Toyota Yaris GR Sport revealed at 2018 Paris auto show

by admin October 4, 2018 at 10:59 am

Toyota used this week’s 2018 Paris auto show to present the new GR Sport version of its Yaris subcompact hatch.

GR Sport represents the entry-level trim from Toyota’s new GR performance sub-brand launched last year in Japan. GR stands for Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s official motorsport department, and while some GR cars are expected in the United States, they may end up using a different label here, like the more familiar TRD.

Toyota launched a range-topping Yaris GRMN last year. It features a 1.8-liter supercharged inline-4 good for 212 horsepower and 183 pound-feet of torque. The Yaris GR Sport is naturally much tamer but like the GRMN model, it also benefits from lessons learned in fielding a Yaris rally car in the World Rally Championship.

While there’s no extra power from the car’s 1.5-liter hybrid-based powertrain, Toyota has improved the handling. It added Sachs Performance shock absorbers similar to those fitted to the GRMN model, as well as a solid (rather than hollow) anti-roll bar to gain extra rigidity. The car has a sporting stance, too, with ground clearance reduced by 11 millimeters compared to the standard Yaris.