The race-bred car will use the world’s most powerful 3-cylinder engine
Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) got car enthusiasts all excited as it announced the arrival of the GR Yaris, Toyota’s ultimate high performance hot hatch.
A few weeks ago, Toyota unveiled the Vios GR-S, and its announcement of the return of its premier motorsports and e-motorsports program – Gazoo Racing Vios Cup and GR GT Cup – further enhanced Gazoo Racing brand’s growing presence in the local automotive scene.
The GR Yaris is built in Toyota’s Motomachi Plant where the legendary Lexus LFA was built. Only select Toyota dealers will be able to get allocations of the GR Yaris and TMP said that the expected retail price will be P2.65million with the reservation info being made available soon.
Although the final specs of the local GR Yaris have yet to be announced, it is believed that the GR Yaris, priced almost thrice the entry level Yaris, will be powered by a 1.6 liter turbocharged 3-cylinder powerplant, and rated at 257hp and 360Nm of torque. It is the world’s most powerful and lightweight 3-cylinder engine, giving it both the advantage of weight distribution and everyday reliability.
0-100 kph is quick at 5.5 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 230kph, thanks to its lightweight body that uses both aluminum sheet metal on the hood and doors and carbon fiber roof for lower center of gravity. The GR Yaris is a fulltime four-wheel drive with front/rear torque distribution control to optimize driving style and road surface conditions. It also has a mechanical handbrake and a 6-speed manual transmission to give the driver full control and push the car to the limit.
For more details, follow toyota.com.ph/GRYarisiscoming and follow Toyota Gazoo Racing PH on Facebook and Instagram, check out their official website at toyota.com.ph, find them on Twitter (ToyotaMotorPH) and Viber (Toyota PH).
Alvin Uy wears many hats, foremost among them being an executive for a home improvement chain and real estate developer and part of a family-owned chemical business. Aside from writing about motoring news and car reviews, he loves to write about traveling, food and wine reviews, mechanical timepieces and classic cars.