The car's angry exhaust sounds better than the music in this clip to us.
Toyota highlights the Yaris GRMN’s moves in a new European ad that stars the hot hatch sliding around a bunch of dancers. Even if you don’t like the crew’s steps, the clip provides an earful of the rally-inspired Yaris’ raucous sound.
The Yaris GRMN endeavors to bring the quintessential elements of Toyota’s new WRC machine to consumers on the road. Under the little hood, a 1.8-liter supercharged four-cylinder pumps out an impressive 205 horsepower (152 kilowatts). Power goes to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. Additional chassis bracing, strut tower bars at both ends, a revised suspension, and beefier brakes provide the capability to harness the extra muscle in this pint-sized hatchback.
Toyota also tweaks the generally plebian vehicle’s look by adding a set of 17-inch BBS wheels, a black roof spoiler, and decals on each side. Inside, the sport seats feature leather upholstery with red stitching.
The three-door Yaris GRMN goes on sale in Europe in early 2018. Toyota pledges the hot hatch to be the quickest in its class to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) and from 50-75 mph (80-120 kph) in fourth gear. For comparison, the new Fiesta ST’s 197-hp (147-kW) 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder gets the model to 62 mph in 6.7 seconds. Meanwhile, the new Polo GTI has 200 hp (149 kW) from its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, but VW doesn’t disclose acceleration figures for it yet.
Recent spy shots reveal that Toyota is developing a five-door variant of the Yaris GRMN. The extra doors should make for a much more practical hot hatch, and they would allow for easier competition against European rivals like the Ford Fiesta ST and Volkswagen Polo GTI, which are already available with five-door bodies. The more useful Yaris GRMN should arrive soon after the three-door variant.
Video Source: Toyota Europe