Eye-catching from first glance, the new Yaris GR SPORT is the first GR SPORT specification car launched in Ireland and throughout Europe. Prices for this five-door street-terrier start from €23,700 or from €192 per month.
The exterior styling included a black bi-tone roof with shark fin antenna and rear spoiler. There are piano black door mouldings, a black honeycomb grille, black door mirror housings and black front fog light surrounds.
The headlights are unique to the GR SPORT, with black interior detailing. Dark-tinted rear privacy glass is also fitted as standard, together with GR badging. Red decals can be added to the front lip and the top line of the lower rear bumper to generate extra sporty visual appeal.
In the cabin your hands fall to the same small-diameter three-spoke steering wheel as the GT86 coupe, as you sit into GR-branded sports front seats, upholstered in black Ultrasuede with contrast white stitching and white inserts. When the driver presses the start button, the multi-information TFT display comes to life with the GR logo, setting the tone for a rewarding drive in store.
The sporting feel of the interior is enhanced by a black headlining and satin chrome trim for the gear shift lever and the air vent and door-mounted audio speaker surrounds. As a finishing touch, black GR-branded carpet mats with silver edging are fitted.
Arising out of the success of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, the demeanour and styling cues of the GR SPORT grade will certainly appeal to those who like a bit of pepper on their motoring palate
Racing is feeding directly into a new generation of GR-branded road-going cars. Toyota’s return to the World Rally Championship in 2017 led to the development of the performance-focused Yaris GRMN.
The new GR SPORT takes the GAZOO Racing sporting influence to the heart of the Yaris range. The GRMN-inspired modifications are focused on the suspension, giving the car engaging handling and responsiveness.
Sachs Performance shock absorbers are fitted to the GR SPORT, similar to those fitted to the GRMN, and 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 mm compared to the standard Yaris, and with the gap between wheel and body brought down by 18 mm.
Black 17-inch cast alloy wheels are exclusive to the GR SPORT, and are fitted with the same Bridgestone Potenza RE50 205/45R17 tyres as the GRMN model.
The GR SPORT is a five-door and will be available exclusively with the Yaris’ standard1.5-litre self-charging hybrid powertrain.
For more information on pricing, specifications and grade levels, visit your local Toyota dealer or see more at Toyota.ie