“No, impossible, you stay with me” were the words that came out of the mouth of one of my best friends when I told him I was driving Yaris more powerful than VW Golf GTI 8. The latest craze on Toyota Gazoo Racing it is a car with 261 horses, all-wheel drive Y six-speed manual transmission, which in its “basic” version costs 32,900 euros and go to 37,900 euros if ordered with the equipment Car package, a package developed exclusively to get the most out of this “pump” and fortunately, our test unit has been installed. This kit includes Thorsen-style front and rear differentials, hardened suspension, 18-inch forged wheels, red-colored brake calipers and 225/45 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S all-in-one tires. 1,280 kilograms empty, with aluminum doors and polymer roof reinforced with carbon fiber. O-he-do.
Much more than a sports Yaris
GR is not Jaris with slight improvement and four sporty details. No. Akio Toyoda, the firm’s world president, wanted him do Sports car indeed, there are no partners involved, like the ones you needed to launch the GR Supra (BMW) and GT86 (Subaru). А. pocket rocket 100% Toyota. And here is the result after several years of development, in which he actively left his impression as test driver. It is spectacular. A vehicle that is radical in many ways for details such as the brake lever attached to the driver so that he or she can use it properly or the pedals intended for the heel.
The GR Yaris is not the same car as the Yaris Hybrid. Measure 4.0 meters long, Width 1.81 meters Y 1.46 meters high, that is to say, it is six centimeters long, six wider and four lower, although the last part of the roof is lowered almost 10 centimeters for aerodynamic reasons. For this reason, the boot has its own capacity reduced to 174 liters, practically the volume of the “Aygo”, and the rear seats are for small people given the reduced space in the rear.
This change in structure is also accompanied by a coupe bodyExclusively on this version, an incredibly spectacular line in which we can not find any error, with very careful aesthetic details, such as the frameless front windows and fixed rear windows. This line will be replicated in the future GR-Sport version that we will meet in 2021.
Also, the platform you use is different. The front axle is the same as that of the Jaris Hybrid, McPherson strut pattern, while the rear axle has a double bone, as in the Corolla GR Yaris is far behind sitting behind. For this reason, with a wider track of two centimeters and all-wheel drive, which comes standard and which we will talk about soon.
The first versus this machine takes place in Kolo Jarama. The track in Madrid is demanding, old school, exciting and not risk-free, just what GR Yaris needs to feel comfortable. When you leave pit lane on the second and you hit the first foot, you discover that you are in control of a real race car. And third, the madness is total. That was the idea of Akio Toyoda and it came true. The initial curves of the track make it clear that weight restraint is key to making this Yaris mobile. Moving fast, flat, not a bad gesture. He acts faithfully on orders. For dynamics, it looks like A. superavtomobile in miniatureLike the 911, of course saving distance. It is also effective due to the hard suspension, 4×4 differentials and Thorsen, the latter package-specific.
The whole group works to guarantee the motor skills of the Yaris. On GR-four traction, which features a multi-disc, electronically controlled, non-disengaged central differential located on the rear axle, is a gadget that allows this Toyota to act as a clean front-wheel drive or true drive, sending 100% torque on one axis in a timely manner. Like that, car and asphalt are one, even making debut errors leading to early acceleration.
Usually, 4×4 has three positions: на normal, with a setting of 60:40, which is the default when we start; на Sports, which changes at 30:70, and Song, at 50:50, specially designed for driving on slippery asphalt. It is with the high school that we get the best benefits in Jarama by what we allow scandalous bending.
The noise in all components is much higher than that of the Renault Clio Sport. You can see the transmission, the explosion of the turbo, the inhalation of the exhaust gases … Even so, the sound of the exhaust is perhaps the only part in which this vehicle limps. They are not here racing as expected And, we miss the awkward kick when the cup. Toyota is aware of this, and to improve it, a melody is heard through the speakers, accompanied by engine revolutions. Not what we wanted, but it’s worth it.
And since we’re talking about the muffler, you might think one of four cylinders It would be better for you, but believe me. The Ford Fiesta ST has shown us that a three-cylinder block is a joy, and Toyota confirms that. We have a perception of its characteristics only at start-up, with sound and vibration and when we let it fall excessively from turns. The impact of this mechanic is such that the GR Yaris is almost a second faster by 0 to 100 than the Golf GTI 8 or that BMW’s new 128ti, and practically two that the Kupara Leon e-hybrid. Give the chest to make from 3,000 rounds, when the turbo starts to blow tirelessly until it reaches 5000 rpm (this is the mode in which maximum torque is obtained, which is 360 utn / metro) Even so, he continues to climb up to 7,000 laps, at which point he cuts. A top speed is electronically limited to 230 per hour. For your recommendation, at the end of justice we reached almost 200 per hour.
This engine works perfectly with Manual transmission with six gears, which is what Lotus uses in its Exige and Evora. In araarama you appreciate that it is perfect for location and routes, but, above all, for touch, with that hard point that does not make you doubt when you go to it. It is very similar to that of the GT86, although it is not the same, because the base is the one used in diesel 2.2 from the early 2000s. This was chosen from different options because of how the couple was kept. The handle is two inches longer, so it is closer to the driver’s right hand.
The brakes are also on another level. They are larger than the Supra: four ventilated discs, 356 mm front and four-piston caliper and 297 mm rear and two-piston caliper. By falling on the foot of the pedal, they are already “biting”. The work is serious because Stop the Yaris firmly, even after more than 10 laps of heavy use of the Jarama. And few utilitarians can do that. Instead of: the brakes of almost all supercompacts fail much earlier.
In this sense, note that they are basically identical to GR Yaris and Car package. The only thing that optional kit brings front + vent socket to cool them.
Too much we briefly drove the GR Yaris on the highway, without circuit package. The truth is that, in this type of use, there is not much difference between one version and another. If you do not frequent the car or do not give it enough “cane”, the normal GR Yaris meets your expectations. Now, if you are one of those runners, you have to put that kit together to see how this GR makes fun of more than one sports car.
On the track, the GR Yaris proved to be a real animal, with behavior far superior to that of the Volkswagen Polo GTI or Peugeot 208 GTi. For sensations it is very close to those of the mini GP. It is so established that you have to look at the steering wheel several times to see the logo and realize that we are driving a Toyota. But what a Toyota! Why How fast!, How dragging!, how does it sound !.
In benefit: Sports spirit. Design. Dynamic efficiency. Driving sensations.
Cons: Too much price. Fuel consumption. Forward visibility Exhaust sound.
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