2018 Toyota Yaris GRMN first view

Whether Toyota likes it or not, the Yaris GRMN is bound to earn the nickname ‘Gremlin’. Those initials actually stand for ‘Gazoo Racing tuned by Meister of Nürburgring’, which is clearly much more of a mouthful.

This new hot hatch has been inspired by the brand’s return to the FIA World Rally Championship. Available in three-door guise only, model-specific features include redesigned bumpers, a rear spoiler, 17” BBS alloy wheels, body graphics and front sports seats.

Toyota Yaris GRMN (2018) Front Side

All of that is largely cosmetic, though. Of course, the mechanical bits are much more important, but thankfully Toyota hasn’t neglected them.

In an era when most modern engines seem to have a turbocharger, the decision to equip the Yaris GRMN with a supercharged 1.8 litre motor certainly goes against the grain. An output of “more than 210 PS” (around 155 kW) will be sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and a Torsen limited-slip differential.

Chassis modifications meanwhile comprise a strut brace between the front suspension towers, a thicker front anti-roll bar, shorter springs and bespoke Sachs dampers. The brakes have been upgraded, too.

Performance figures and pricing have yet to be announced, but Toyota has said that sales are due to start across Europe during the early part of 2018.

Toyota Yaris GRMN (2018) InteriorToyota Yaris GRMN (2018) Rear Side

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