How to configure and buy your new Toyota GR Yaris

The new Toyota GR Yaris not only packs the performance to mix it with much bigger machines, it’s also set to be one of the most affordable hot hatches on the market. With an on-the-road starting price that nudges below £30,000, it’s newly available to customers with finance deals from zero per cent APR representative.

The offers make GR Yaris an even more appealing prospect as the car is readied for arrival in UK showrooms.

New Toyota GR Yaris: PCP finance options

There are two PCP finance options available: 0% APR representative over 24 months, or 1.9% APR representative over 42 months.

For the GR Yaris at £29,995, these rates give monthly payments from £269. For customers choosing the higher-specification GR Yaris Circuit Pack at £33,495, the monthly payment amount is from £299.

Terms and conditions apply. For the full details of the GR Yaris offers please visit this web page.

These offers compare favourably with GR Yaris’s competitors – with its three-cylinder 1.6 turbo engine producing 257bhp for 0-62mph in less than 5.5 seconds, its performance rivals are C-segment models rather than hot hatches, such as the Honda Civic Type R and the Renault Mégane RS 280.

New Toyota GR Yaris: how to build and buy

It’s now possible to build a GR Yaris to your specifications, choosing the grade and colour you desire. To do that, please click here.

If you’re not quite ready to purchase but would like to stay updated on the latest news on GR Yaris, register for updates by filling in this form.

GR YARIS KEY SPECIFICATIONS
GR Yaris GR Yaris Convenience Pack GR Yaris Circuit Pack 
18-inch alloy wheels (15 spoke) with 225/40 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 tyres, GR-Four all-wheel drive system, GR suspension, GR Ultrasuede sport seats, GR leather steering wheel, dual exhaust pipes, smart entry, active noise control, eight-inch multimedia screen with DAB, six speakers, reversing camera, adaptive LED headlights, front LED fog lights, auto wipers, auto-retractable door mirrors, MacPherson strut front suspension, double wishbone rear suspension, privacy glass, eCall In addition to GR Yaris: JBL Premium Sound System with eight speakers, Toyota Touch with Go navigation, front and rear parking sensors, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Brake Assist, head-up display 

 

 

NB: Heated seats not available in this pack 

In addition to GR Yaris: front and rear Torsen limited-slip differentials, red sports calipers, 18” BBS forged alloy wheels (ten spoke) with 225/40 Michelin Pilot Sport 4s tyres, GR circuit-tuned suspension 

 

 

NB: Convenience Pack is not available on this grade 

PRICE 
£29,995 £32,175 £33,495 
GR YARIS INTERIOR SPECIFICATION 
GR floor mats, leather gear knob, leather gear gaiter with red stitching, leather handbrake with red stitching, door scuff plates, satin chrome interior door handles, aluminium pedals, piano black side air vents, three-spoke leather steering wheel with GR logo 
GR YARIS INTERIOR COMFORT SPECIFICATION 
Dual-zone automatic air conditioning, GR-Four all-wheel drive switch, electro chromatic auto-dimming rear-view mirror, colour TFT information display, power steering, manual tilt and slide steering wheel, 12v power socket (front), soft tonneau cover 
GR YARIS SEAT SPECIFICATION 
GR Ultrasuede front sport seats, manual slide adjustment, manual height adjustment (driver), 60:40 split-folding rear seats, front and rear (two) headrests 
GR YARIS MULTIMEDIA SPECIFICATION 
DAB radio, eight-inch multimedia screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, multimedia controls on steering wheel, six speakers, USB connector, microphone on front personal light 
GR YARIS SAFETY SPECIFICATION 
Driver and passenger front and side air bags, immobiliser, ABS, Brake Assist, Lane Trace Assist, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, reversing camera, Adaptive High Beam, LED daytime running lights, LED front fog lights, LED adaptive headlights, rear fog lights, ISOFIX child restraint system, eCall emergency call system, red-painted brake calipers (Circuit Pack only) 

Officially revealed at the Tokyo Auto Salon in Japan in January 2020, our rally inspired performance car offers unique styling, a three-door body shell and a powerful 257bhp, 1.6-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder engine.

With a six-speed manual gearbox and advanced four-wheel drive chassis, the car is the product of the design and engineering skills of Toyota Gazoo Racing and Tommi Mäkinen Racing, and is a new top-of-the-range model with the heart and soul of a rally car.

GR Yaris badge

All the credentials are there for delivering exhilarating performance for the road

Just as the Celica GT-Four was the road-going equivalent of our Group A Celica rally cars in the Nineties, the GR Yaris serves as the official homologation model for the development of the next Yaris WRC car. In fact, in reference to its illustrious predecessors and their all-wheel drive technology, the GR Yaris features a GR-Four logo on the tailgate.

As this post will explain, every aspect of the car has a performance focus. All the credentials are there for competition success and for delivering exhilarating performance as a super-hot hatch for the road.

Interior view of Toyota GR Yaris - dashboard, steering wheel and centre console

Toyota GR Yaris: development

The WRC-skilled designers and engineers at Tommi Mäkinen Racing focused on perfecting the three key performance-enhancing areas of aerodynamics, weight and weight distribution.

Toyota GR Yaris - rear three-quarter angle

A lower roofline improves the car’s ability to cut through the air. Meanwhile, positioning the new 1.6-litre turbocharged engine further towards the centre of the car and locating the battery in the boot optimises chassis balance for improved handling, stability and responsiveness. Reinforcements beneath the side members ensure optimal suspension performance.

The three-door bodyshell is made from lightweight materials including compression moulded carbon fibre polymer, while aluminium is used for the bonnet, doors and tailgate. As a result, the GR Yaris weighs 1280kg and has a power-to-weight ratio of 5.0kg per bhp.

Toyota GR Yaris: design

The new GR Yaris is unique among its siblings in being built with a three-door body. The roof is lowered by 91mm and the doors are frameless, which gives the car the silhouette of a coupe.

Front view of the Toyota GR Yaris

At the front the grille design and spoiler express the car’s authentic GR status, while at the rear the wide stance and muscular wings accommodate 18-inch alloy wheels.

Toyota GR Yaris: all-new 1.6-litre turbo engine

The engine in the GR Yaris is an all-new, 1618cc three-cylinder turbocharged unit with double overhead cams and four valves per cylinder. It features a single-scroll ball-bearing turbo and is equipped with motorsport technologies to maximise performance. These include multi-oil jet piston cooling, large diameter exhaust valves and a part-machined intake port. The compact and lightweight engine is matched to a six-speed manual transmission, engineered to accommodate high levels of torque.

Toyota G16E-GTS engine in the GR Yaris

The light weight of the GR Yaris allied to this engine helps the car deliver 0-62mph acceleration in less than 5.5 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 143mph.

Toyota GR Yaris: GR-Four all-wheel drive system

A key element of the driving performance of the GR Yaris is its new GR-Four all-wheel drive system, which governs torque distribution to each wheel through a high-response coupling.

This simple and lightweight system uses different gear ratios for each axle and allows a theoretical range of front/rear torque balance from 100:0 (full front-wheel drive) to 0:100 (full rear-wheel drive). Such flexibility gives a performance advantage over on-demand all-wheel drive systems with twin-couplings and permanent systems with a centre differential.

Technical picture of the Toyota GR-Four all-wheel drive system from the GR Yaris

The driver can adjust four-wheel drive performance to suit their preference or driving situation using a 4WD mode dial. Normal mode distributes torque in a 60:40 split between front and rear; Sport mode shifts the balance rearward with 30:70 distribution; while Track mode equalises the torque at 50:50 for fast, competitive driving on circuits and special stages. In each mode, the torque balance is automatically adjusted in response to driver inputs, vehicle behaviour and road or track conditions.

The optional Circuit Pack with two Torsen limited-slip differentials can also be specified to manage the split between left- and right-side wheels for even greater control.

Performance-tuned suspension and 18-inch forged alloy wheels with 225/40 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres also feature.

18" forged alloy wheel on the Toyota GR Yaris

Toyota GR Yaris: dedicated platform and chassis

The GR Yaris has a new, dedicated platform that combines the front end of Toyota’s GA-B platform – which will make its first appearance in the all-new Yaris model in 2020 – with the rear of the GA-C platform found in the Corolla and C-HR. This hybridisation allows for a new suspension design and accommodation of the GR-Four all-wheel drive system, while contributing to excellent stability and handling.

Where the standard new Yaris uses a torsion beam rear suspension, the GR Yaris has a more sophisticated double wishbone set-up optimised for performance. A MacPherson strut system is used at the front.

Alternative rear three-quarter angle of the Toyota GR Yaris

The performance braking system features large, 356mm grooved front discs with four-pot calipers together with 297mm ventilated rear discs with two-pot calipers. The set-up is engineered to cope with rigorous demands of high-speed track and special stage driving with high-level heat capacity.

Toyota GR Yaris: Motomachi production centre

Full series production of the new GR Yaris commenced on the week commencing 24 August 2020 and is centred on a new, dedicated line at our Motomachi plant. Instead of using a traditional conveyor system, the body and assembly lines comprise a number of different cells connected by automatic guided vehicles. This method enables production of the highly rigid bodies sports cars require and assembly to a high degree of accuracy.

GR Ultrasuede front sports seats in the Toyota GR Yaris

A large number of manual processes are required during production, for which Toyota employs a specialist team. The factory design and the talents of the workforce allow for high-precision assembly to levels that are hard to achieve on standard, high-volume production lines.

Toyota GR Yaris technical specifications

ENGINE 
TypeIn-line, 3 cylinders
Valve mechanismDOHC 12-valve with VVT-i
Fuel systemD4S direct and indirect injection
InductionSingle-scroll turbo
Displacement (cc)1,618
Bore x stroke (mm)87.5 x 89.7
Compression ratio10.5:1
Max. power (bhp/DIN hp/kW)257/261/192
Max. torque (Nm)360
Emissions levelEuro 6d temp
TRANSMISSION 
All-wheel drive systemGR-Four
TransmissionSix-speed manual
PERFORMANCE 
Power-to-weight ratio (kg/bhp, kg/DIN hp, kg/kW)5.0, 4.9, 6.7
Max. speed (mph)143 (electronically limited)
CHASSIS 
Front suspensionMacPherson strut
Rear suspensionDouble wishbone
SteeringRack and pinion, electric power steering
Min. turning circle (m)10.8
BRAKES 
Front (diameter, mm)Ventilated discs (356) with four-pot calipers
Rear (diameter, mm)Ventilated discs (297) with two-pot calipers
TYRES 
TypeDunlop SP Sport Maxx 050

 

Michelin Pilot Sport 4s (option)

Size225/40 R18
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT 
Overall length (mm)3,995
Overall width (mm)1,805
Overall height (mm)1,460
Wheelbase (mm)2,558
Front track (mm)1,530
Rear track (mm)1,560
Kerb weight (without driver, kg)1,280

300 comments

  1. Hi,

    I understand that while the car engine/water temperature is still cold, there is an “Avoid Excessive Acceleration Due to Temperature” indication displayed.

    While this is displayed, can the car theoretically still have full boost or not? I appreciate that I shouldn’t “push” the car/engine while cold, but I want to know if the “Avoid Excessive Acceleration Due to Temperature” indication being on also means that the car protects itself by limiting the power that’s available.

    Also, does Normal mode (as opposed to Track or Sport) limit the available power in any way, ie not offering full boost?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Rory,

      Thanks for your comment.
      We have checked with our technical team, and they have said that, regarding the message “Avoid Excessive Acceleration Due to Temperature”, if the vehicle is continued to be driven in a way that the message does not clear then a fault could occur which would then limit the drivability and potentially damage the engine.
      They have also provided the extract below from the Owner’s Manual:

      If “Avoid Excessive Acceleration Due to Temperature” is displayed
      This message may be displayed when driving such as the following:
      ●While warming up the engine
      ●Continuously driving at extremely high load
      Drive the vehicle for a while, while avoiding extremely high load conditions.

      For Normal, Sport and Track – this only refers to the all wheel drive system and how the power is distributed to the front/rear wheels.

      Thanks.

  2. I had a look at the owner’s manual you have made available online. Within the manual, there are references to the “Toyota Service Booklet”.

    Would you be able to provide a download link for the “Toyota Service Booklet”, please?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Rory,

      The service booklet is supplied with the car. Please contact your Toyota centre to get one.

      Thanks

      1. Hi, thanks for the response. I don’t have the car, so, I guess, I can’t get the service booklet or an electronic copy of it.

        I wanted to ask you regarding the warranty, please.

        I assume that one of the terms/conditions for it to remain valid is that the car is maintained according to the Toyota service schedule. The schedule specifies various works and the relevant trigger points, eg checks every 6 months, interim service every 6000 miles or 12 months, full service every 12000 miles or 24 months, etc.

        I’d like to know what the tolerances are for these intervals in order for the warranty to remain valid. So, for example, if I reach 6000 miles on the 1st year anniversary of buying the car and don’t have it serviced at that point, what are the thresholds in terms of miles and time in excess of the above mentioned point, that would render the warranty invalid?

        Thank you!

      2. Hi Rory,

        The vehicle should be serviced according to the maintenance schedule. The trigger points are the mileage or time periods, whichever come first. If they are missed, the warranty could be invalidated. Each warranty claim is assessed on a case by case basis.

        Thanks

  3. On the video and photos on this page, in the car’s engine bay, I can see what I would describe as a strut brace (its main body being black and both endings being red).

    Other characteristics of that car (red calipers, BBS wheel) suggest it’s the Circuit Pack grade.

    Could you please confirm if the UK Circuit Pack cars are supplied with this strut brace fitted?

    Thank you!

  4. Hi,

    The owners manual (pages 220 & 221, section “Turning off both TRC and VSC sys-
    tems”) mentions that long-pressing (press & hold for more than 3 seconds) a specific button will turn the TRC and VSC systems off. An asterisk there refers to a note explaining that this will also disable the PCS.

    On page 221 (section Expert mode) it is mentioned that Expert mode disables the TRC and VSC systems, but the engine and brakes may be controlled depending on the vehicle behaviour. However, there is no mention in this section about the PCS getting disabled too when the TRC and VSC systems are disabled in this way, ie by selecting Expert mode as opposed to long pressing the above mentioned button.

    So, I wanted to ask you, does entering Expert mode disable PCS or not?

    Thank you!

  5. Hi,
    I’d potentially like to order one of these cars, but (unlike everyone else) I’m in no huge hurry for it (working abroad for next 18 months). Be nice if I can get it around end of 2022, but happy to pay large deposit etc now so I don’t lose out on the opportunity if the car falls out of production etc.
    Is Toyota still taking orders for this car?
    What’s the current deposit required for an online order?
    Is it a refundable deposit, in the unlikely event my work situation changes while I’m away?
    I’ll be going for a circuit pack in flat white in case that affects things.

    I’ve also heard that people can get bumped up the waiting list when others cancel orders. Obviously, not being in the UK to take delivery etc. I can’t have this happen in the next 18 months, so is this process optional? Be a nighmare for me if I was suddenly contractually obliged to pay balance, take delivery etc. in 3 or 6 months time!

    1. Hi Jake,
      Thanks for your comment and your interest in the GR Yaris.
      You can add your name to the waiting list either via online retail or with a centre. When cars allocated for 2022 are available to order, you will be notified.
      A fully-refundable reservation fee of £1500 is required when ordering online.
      Regarding delivery dates, we would recommend speaking to your Toyota Centre about whether this will be possible.
      Thanks.

  6. Order placed back in March…viewed car at Guildford Toyota, not allowed to sit in it unfortunately but otherwise fab.

    1. Hi there,
      Thanks for your kind words! We hope you love your GR Yaris when it arrives.
      Which colour and grade did you opt for?
      Thanks.

  7. Hi. I’ve just ordered a black circuit pack GR Yaris, & can’t wait for it to arrive! I don’t know if you could advise, but are there any rubber floor mats & a boot protector available for the GR specifically, or would standard Yaris models be the same fit? Thanks

    1. Hi Will,
      Thanks both for your comment and your order!
      Unfortunately there aren’t any rubber floor mats or trunk protection available for this vehicle. The only available floor mats are textile.
      Due to the differences between the vehicles, our accessories team have advised that the Yaris rubber floor mats are not applicable for the GR Yaris.
      Thanks.

  8. Hi,

    I ordered a basic GR Yaris earlier this year online, which is due for delivery in December. It is not in build yet, am I able to change the order for a circuit pack vehicle?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Neil,

      Thanks for your order. We wouldn’t call it ‘basic’, but we know what you mean!
      We don’t think it is possible to change your order, but the online retail team is best placed to advise you on this. You should have their contact details in communications they have sent you previously.

      Thanks

  9. Hi
    I have just ordered a Yaris GR (black with convenience pack) after a test drive, amazing car. I understand there is a long lead time which is not an issue. However, i would like to know the following:
    1. I was quoted 2023 for delivery, is production likely to stop before then?
    2. With the new EU speed inhibitors being mandatory from 2022, will this be fitted and would it effect continued production?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Steve,
      Thanks for your comment and congratulations on your GR Yaris order!
      If you have a quote for delivery, then your GR Yaris should be produced.
      We would recommend discussing delivery times with your Toyota Centre as they will have more information on this.
      Secondly, we do not currently have any information on speed inhibitors in our vehicles.
      Please keep an eye on our blog and social channels for the latest information on this.
      If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
      Thanks.

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