The Toyota GR Yaris will arrive in Australia in November, but pre-sales will commence next week, on September 23.
The first 1,000 units of the supermini hot hatch will launch with an introductory driveaway price of AU$39,950 (equal to US$29,205), a AU$9,550 (US$ 6,981) discount over the recommended retail price of AU$49,500 (US$36,186).
Offered in a single grade as the second member of the Gazoo Racing (GR) family after the GR Supra, the GR Yaris features standard equipment such as keyless entry and go, suede and leather upholstery, aluminum pedals, automatic climate control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, eight-speaker JBL sound system and others.
Available in white, red or black, it boasts a specific body kit that sets it apart from the rest of the Yaris models and consists of big front and rear bumpers, muscular fenders, roof-mounted wing and diffuser with cutouts for the dual exhaust pipes.
It also sports upgraded brakes with vented discs on all four corners, a new suspension and an all-wheel drive system. Power is provided by a turbocharged 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission that pumps out 268 HP (272 PS / 200 kW) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. This means it’s like the version sold in Japan, as the European spec model is offered with 257 HP (261 PS / 192 kW) and 266 lb-ft (360 Nm) of torque.
The GR Yaris will be joined by a special model next year dubbed the GR Yaris Rallye. Limited to approximately 250 units, it will feature circuit-tuned suspension, Torsen limited-slip differentials on both axles, red brake calipers and 18-inch forged alloy wheels from BBS shod in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.