Toyota GR Yaris Gets Gazoo Racing Upgrades, Including Quad Exhausts
After unveiling the entry-level GR Yaris for Japan in June this year, Toyota is looking at exactly the opposite side of the spectrum. The company has just released a number of performance and appearance upgrades for the hot hatch developed in cooperation with Gazoo’s racing division.
Starting with the visual upgrades, the GR Yaris receives a massive front bumper diffuser that reduces ground clearance by around 12 millimeters. Matching glossy black side skirts visually extend the lowered position to an aggressive end at the rear where there is a new diffuser with four integrated tailpipes.
There is also a range of additional visual upgrades such as the carbon fiber license plate frame, body strips, tire valve caps, and more. They are complemented by a number of interior touches, including special floor mats, a luggage compartment mat and carbon-like interior trim panels on the dashboard and door panels.
The only component available that improves the performance of the hot hatch is the front strut tower bar which also gives the engine bay appearance a boost with its red edges, visually communicating with the red engine cover. Finally, there is a Gazoo data logger device that connects to the GR Yaris’ USB hub and provides readable performance data with a special computer application.
No power upgrade is available but the vehicle already has 257 horsepower (192 kilowatts) in its European application and even up to 268 horsepower (200 kW) in Japan. Power reaches all four wheels and drives a 2,822 pound (1,280 kilogram) three-door hatch with a manual gearbox.
The GR Yaris is sold in Europe and Japan and is currently not available in the United States.