Toyota GRMN Yaris (2022) – The disappointment of the year?

Do you want to know the good news or the bad news first? The good news is that Toyota has just unveiled the Yaris GRMN at the Tokyo Motor Show, an even sportier variant of the dreaded GR Yaris.

The bad news is that this series limited to only 500 copies (against a production of 25,000 models planned for the GR Yaris) is only reserved for the Japanese market. The European press, and even the world, has not ceased to praise since its release the GR Yaris, this GRMN version was therefore naturally expected as the messiah.

Unfortunately, unless the situation turns around, European customers will be deprived of it. It’s a small disappointment indeed, but let’s take an interest in this model which, suddenly, will not trample on the only European.

The Yaris GRMN is available in three configurations: a basic version, a version equipped with the Circuit Pack and another with the Rally Pack. In all cases, the GRMN is lighter and stiffer than the “normal” GR. It weighs 20 kilos less, thanks in particular to the use of carbon fibers for the hood, roof and spoiler, and the elimination of the rear seat. The body kit widened and lowered the car by approximately one centimeter. To stiffen the body, engineers added up to 565 spot welds.

Under the hood, we expected a small upgrade from the 1.6-liter turbo three-cylinder, but ultimately Toyota didn’t feel it necessary to add equine to it. Thus, the GRMN still develops 261 horsepower and a torque of 360 Nm. Performance has not been announced, but it should remain similar to that of the GR Yaris, with a 0 to 100 km / h in 5.5 seconds and a top speed of around 230 km / h. We also find a mechanical limited slip differential and a six-speed manual gearbox with now shorter ratios.

Toyota GRMN Yaris rear view

The Toyota Yaris GRMN equipped with the Circuit Pack.

The Yaris GRMN with the Circuit Pack adds Bilstein adjustable suspension, improved braking system, 18-inch alloy rims and new body accessories. Only 50 copies will be offered with this finish and only with a mat gray tint.

Regarding the Rally Pack, it is a little less “exclusive” since it can be mounted on any GR Yaris. It includes specific GR shocks, underbody protection and a roll bar.

Obviously, the demand was such on the GR Yaris, that it will be even more on the GRMN. Toyota will therefore have to draw lots to select the customers who will be able to afford one of the 500 units. The first deliveries will begin in the summer of 2022 with prices ranging from 7.3 million yen (around 56,000 euros at the current exchange rate) for the “base” GRMN to 8.4 million yen (nearly 65,000 euros) for models equipped with the Circuit Pack.

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