Toyota GR Yaris Rallye: Ready to hit the track
April 9, 2021
2021 Toyota GR Yaris (L) with GR Yaris Rallye (R)
Toyota has launched its track-ready GR Yaris Rallye, taking the high-performance sports car to a new level of exhilarating performance.
Building on the proven credentials of the 200kW GR Yaris three-door hatch, the new Rallye edition introduces lightweight components and performance parts, specifically designed for drivers who want to experience a higher level of performance.
Key upgrades include circuit-tuned GR suspension, Torsen®1 limited-slip differentials on the front and rear axles, an ultra-light high-performance wheel-and-tyre package, and improved front brake ducting to improve cooling.
The GR Yaris Rallye exterior is distinguished by bespoke Frosted White crystal pearl paint2 and bright red brake callipers bearing the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing logo.
Inside, the Rallye supports enthusiastic driving with synthetic leather-accented sports front seats that feature large bolsters, red stitching and perforated Ultrasuede®1 inserts.
A uniquely numbered GR Yaris Rallye plaque adorns the centre console with an additional Rallye badge on the rear hatch.
Toyota Australia Vice President Sales and Marketing Sean Hanley said the GR Yaris Rallye is a potent demonstration that motorsport is at the heart of the GR brand.
“GR Yaris has delighted enthusiasts since its launch last year as a road-going sports car developed from Toyota’s championship-winning World Rally experience,” Mr Hanley said.
“Now, GR Yaris Rallye dials up the focus on performance, delivering even sharper response and more precise handling, agility, stability and control due to its optimum torque distribution, stiffer suspension and prodigious grip.
“In fact, GR Yaris Rallye is almost the closest you can get to the Yaris World Rally Car without joining our World Rally team.”
The two Torsen®1 limited-slip differentials on the GR Yaris Rallye control torque distribution between the left and right wheels to deliver natural and direct car control with enhanced stability, cornering performance and grip.
To further improve handling and traction, the GR Yaris Rallye is equipped with lightweight, high-strength 18-inch BBS forged alloy wheels with a 10-spoke design.
They are shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S high-performance 225/40ZR18 tyres, designed for extra grip, stability and control during high-speed driving.
The front MacPherson strut suspension from the GR Yaris has been upgraded with stiffer springs and anti-roll bars to realise the new model’s full performance potential.
Delivering exceptional performance, the GR Yaris Rallye is powered by the same 200kW/370Nm 1.6-litre single-scroll turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine as the GR Yaris, propelling the car from standstill to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds.
GR Yaris Rallye achieves high-performance efficiency with a stop-start system helping it meet Euro 6 standards, returning combined cycle fuel consumption of 7.6 litres/100km3 with CO2 emissions of 172 grams/km4.
All that power is delivered to all four wheels through the clever GR-FOUR all-wheel drive (AWD) system via a six-speed intelligent manual gearbox (iMT) with rev-matching on up and down shifts.
GR-FOUR AWD is designed to optimise torque through a high-response coupling and an electronically controlled multiplate clutch located ahead of the rear differential.
It features three driver-selectable modes – Normal, Track and Sport – that apportion different ratios of front and rear drive according to the mode selected with maximum 60/40, 30/70 and 50/50 splits respectively.
GR Yaris Rallye features the same three-door body shell as the standard GR Yaris with its purposeful design and lightweight architecture including a carbon-fibre roof and aluminium panels for the doors, bonnet and tailgate.
The sculpted, aerodynamically-designed, lightweight body parts along with several weight-saving mechanical parts ensure the car achieves a kerb weight of just 1280kg5.
GR Yaris Rallye features the latest Toyota Safety Sense6 technologies including a pre-collision safety system with autonomous emergency braking, intersection assistance, high-speed adaptive cruise control, lane trace assist and road-sign assist.
Other safety features include ventilated disc brakes, emergency steering assist, auto high beam, blind spot monitor, head-up display, reversing camera and six airbags.
The driver-focused cabin is fitted with a small-diameter leather-wrapped steering wheel with fingertip controls, leather-wrapped short-throw gear shifter and handbrake, and aluminium pedals.
Large speedo and tacho dials sit either side of a 4.2-inch multi information display that offers an array of details including turbo pressure and gear-shift indicators.
The adjustable driver’s seat and tilt-and-telescopic steering column contribute to an ideal seating position.
Two rear seats feature ISOFIX anchor points and are split 60/40- to expand the 141-litre luggage space to a maximum 737 litres when the seats are folded.
Standard premium equipment includes dual-zone climate-control air-conditioning, smart entry and start, 8-speaker JBL®1 audio, an advanced multimedia system and a 7-inch touchscreen display.
GR Yaris Rallye is covered by the five-year Toyota Warranty Advantage7, seven-year Toyota Warranty Advantage Extended Engine and Driveline8, and capped-price servicing for the first six services within a 6-month/10,000km interval at $260 each9.
GR Yaris Rallye pricing
Recommended driveaway price (for first 200 vehicles sold): $56,20010
Recommended retail price: $54,50011
1Product & company names are trademarks of their respective owners.
2Toyota Australia reserves the right to vary or discontinue the current interior and exterior colours, trims and colour/trim/model combinations.
3Achieved in test conditions for comparison purposes only. Actual fuel consumption varies depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition, load and options/accessories fitted. Source: ADR81/02 combined (litres/100km) for auto models.
4Emissions vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle condition & options/accessories fitted.
5Weights are approximate and are subject to individual vehicle variances, and should be confirmed before fitting any accessories, towing or otherwise relying on this value.
6Driver assist feature. Only operates under certain conditions. Check your Owner’s Manual for explanation of limitations. Please drive safely.
7The standard Toyota Warranty Advantage period is 5 years, with unlimited kms, from delivery. Excludes vehicles used for a commercial purpose, such as taxis, hire vehicles and vehicles transporting people or goods for payment including rideshare. See toyota.com.au/owners/warranty or your vehicle’s Warranty and Service Book for T&Cs. This warranty does not limit and may not necessarily exceed your rights under the Australian Consumer Law.
8The Toyota Warranty Advantage Extended Engine and Driveline coverage is for 7yrs from delivery, provided your vehicle is properly serviced and maintained per its Warranty and Service Book. Excludes vehicles used for a commercial purpose, such as taxis, hire vehicles and vehicles transporting people or goods for payment including rideshare. See toyota.com.au/owners/warranty or your vehicle’s Warranty and Service Book for T&Cs. This warranty does not limit and may not necessarily exceed your rights under the Australian Consumer Law.
9Max price quoted is model specific. Applies to standard scheduled logbook servicing (normal operating conditions) for 3 years/60,000km (whichever occurs first) up to a max. 6 services. Excludes Government & Rental vehicles. For details see your Toyota dealer or visit Toyota.com.au/advantage
10Recommended driveaway price (RDP) shown is applicable for the first 200 vehicles sold. RDP includes 12 months registration, 12 months compulsory third-party insurance (CTP), maximum dealer delivery charge and stamp duty. Toyota reserves the right to extend or amend the offer at any stage.
11Manufacturer’s recommended retail prices provided for media purposes only. Statutory charges or other on-road costs not included. On road costs vary from State to State and can be found by contacting the relevant government authority.