It’s so rare for a car manufacturer to make a proper rallying homologation special these days, the times of the Impreza STi and Mitsubishi Evo going head to head in the forest at the weekends and on the road during the week are long gone. But not for Toyota – they have created an incredible new hot hatch with unbelievable specs.
To start with, there’s no 3dr Yaris normally, so this GR Yaris (that stands for Gazoo Racing) has a completely bespoke 3dr shell, with a massively wide track which accommodates the bespoke AWD system. Yes, this tiny little hot hatch is AWD and has a manual gearbox.
Then there’s the small matter of the tiny little 1.6-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine that puts out a staggering 257bhp and 360Nm of torque. Given that it weighs just 1250kg even with the AWD system, that means performance is going to be electrifying, as are the grip levels. Being the Circuit Pack, this version gets a pair of limited-slip differentials, red brake calipers, sticky Michelin Pilot Sports tyres and tuned suspension in the name of enhanced dynamics.
Styling-wise, it’s every bit the rally car for the road with pumped arches, big wheels, huge intakes and twin pipes at the back. This really is one of the most exciting cars to come out in recent times!
And you can win one this week in the BOTB Competition for just £1.60!