Sharper-handling Toyota Yaris GR Sport unveiled (for Europe)

Toyota Yaris GR Sport Arrives With A Focus On Sharpening Handling

While cars like the Yaris GRMN, new Supra and GR Super Sport concept are stealing the headlines, perhaps the more exciting news from Toyota's performance renaissance is the pyramid of GR (Gazoo Racing) hierarchy. GR Sport is not as powerful as GRMN, but fuse it is much more than the standard girly hatchback.

Toyota Yaris GR Sport arrives with new shocks, a stiffer anti-roll bar, and stickier tyres. The GRMN-inspired modifications are focused on the suspension, giving the vehicle engaging handling and responsiveness. It has the same Sachs Performance dampers, and its 17-inch alloy wheels (a design exclusive to the GR Sport) are wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza RE50 205/45/17, the boots used by its big brother.

In addition, Toyota also announced the new Yaris Y20, a new special grade created to celebrate the 20 anniversary of the best-selling city auto. Ground clearance has also been reduced by 11mm compared with the standard Yaris.

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The exterior styling follows that of the Yaris GRMN, too, and includes a black roof with rear spoiler as well as piano black door mouldings, a black honeycomb grille, black side-mirror caps and black foglamp surrounds. The dark privacy glass that looks really good with the white body in the images is also part of the car's standard equipment. Red decals can be added to the front lip and the top line of the lower rear bumper to generate extra sporty visual appeal.

On the inside, the Yaris GR Sport has moderately bolstered sport seats in a combination of black and white Ultrasuede.

By now you probably wonder what's hiding under the bonnet; Toyota will offer the new Yaris GR Sport only in conjunction with the hybrid 1.5-liter powertrain, meaning a combined output of 99hp and a CVT gearbox. A new chequer-pattern fabric upholstery, along with satin chrome air vents, speakers and gear knob trim are just some of the Y20's special features. To help make the most of the car's handling potential, the GR Sport is equipped with the same small-diameter three-spoke steering wheel as the GT86 coupe. As a finishing touch, black GR-branded carpet mats with silver edging are fitted.

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