Yaris GRMN hot hatch revealed in full at the Geneva motor show

The new Yaris GRMN, an authentic, full-blooded and highly tuned car, has been fully revealed at Geneva motor show.

More than a simple hot hatch, it is a thoroughbred performance model that directly benefits from the engineering and tuning skills Toyota is developing in its motorsport programme.


The high performance model has been inspired and influenced by Toyota’s return to the World Rally Championship in 2017 with Toyota Gazoo Racing and the Yaris WRC.

GRMN stands for Gazoo Racing tuned by “Meister of Nürburgring”, acknowledging the input of Toyota Gazoo Racing’s test drivers in developing the car’s performance and handling on the legendary German circuit.

The motorsport influence is evident in dedicated performance features, prominent in both the Yaris GRMN’s exterior styling and driver-focused interior. A special paint finish – white with red and black flash detailing on the bonnet and sills – echoes the livery of the WRC car.

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A new 1.8-litre supercharged engine is unique in the European hot hatch market. It will produce more than 205bhp, and promises speed, poise and rich driver awards. The engine helps the Yaris GRMN achieve best-in-class times both for the 0-62mph sprint and acceleration from 50-75mph in fourth gear.

A chassis built to handle prodigious power

To ensure the engine’s prodigious power is translated into a genuinely rewarding drive, the Yaris GRMN has a reinforced chassis with additional bracing, including an extra bar between the front suspension towers.

Suspension has been tuned through extensive testing on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife and benefits from significant input from Toyota Gazoo Racing’s motorsport activities. A Torsen limited-slip differential bestows better traction and handling on the Yaris GRMN, while shorter springs allow the car to hug the ground more closely. These are teamed with dedicated shock absorbers, developed with Sachs, and a larger diameter front anti-roll bar.

The Yaris GRMN is also equipped with highly efficient performance brakes with large, ventilated discs and four-pot front callipers.

Yaris GRMN: looks fast, is fast

Available exclusively in three-door form, the Yaris GRMN rides on 17-inch BBS multi-spoke alloys and is fitted with a bespoke, black wing-type rear spoiler.

Inside, front sports seats designed specifically for the car by Toyota Boshoku, emphasise the car’s performance focus. Best-in-class body holding and support comes as standard.

The Yaris GRMN shares the small-diameter, leather-wrapped steering wheel of the Toyota GT86, and incorporates a centre line mark to help the driver place the car precisely on the road. Aluminium sports pedals round off the interior experience.


  1. The car looks great but it really does need side skirts. From the side it looks extremely dull compared to the rivals. Bravo on the performance though. Will he looking into one of these, but I’m still adamant it needs styling tweaks.

  2. Whilst it is a good idea to have a fast version of the Yaris, this execution is so last century. The fast version should have been an enhanced hybrid version to compete with full electric cars. Take a look at the ZOE e-Sport Concept – that is your real competition. Toyota already have all the kit and software to create a 4 wheel drive high power Yaris Hybrid. Get to it!

  3. Any word yet on price and when it’ll be available? Looks Awesome! Finally, Toyota are getting their at together.

    1. Hi Leno,
      Unfortunately, we have no further information regarding the Yaris GRMN. Any announcements regarding this vehicle will be on the blog or our social channels.

    1. Hi Wayne,
      Unfortunately, we have no information on the future of the Yaris. Any developments to our vehicles will be announced on our social spaces. Many thanks.

  4. Power, proper (limited slip) diff, big brakes, Sachs dampers, decent seats and supercharger with no lag. It has all of the bits to be a good car if setup right. Please ensure it has a traction and stability COMPLETELY OFF button so it does NOT constantly interfere on track or you’ll ruin it for enthusiasts.

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