Why Is The GR Yaris So Popular?

WITH THE NEW GR YARIS TOYOTA HAVE REMINDED US THAT THEY CAN STILL MAKE AN EXCITING CAR

The Toyota GR Yaris has been stirring up a lot of conversation in the car community. And in our opinion rightly so!

With some glowing reviews on The Late Brake Show, Top Gear & Harry’s Garage Finally, Toyota have reminded us that they can still make an exciting car. So with a new GR range including the GR Corolla and GR Supra coming down the pipeline, we can be sure that this car has been a hit with the underloved and overlooked car enthusiast.

So what exactly makes the GR Yaris so popular? 

Having spent some hands-on time with this new homologation beast developing our own aftermarket exhaust system, we thought we would take the chance to do a quick breakdown of the key elements that have gotten our gears going.

GR Yaris Badge

The WRC Rally Heritage of the Toyota gr Yaris

Don't Let The Name Fool You

We all know what a Yaris is. Sensible, safe, reassuring and let’s face it boring. Well be rest assured the new GR Yaris is similar in name only. This car is bold, brave and unexpected and this is exactly why we love it. 

The last time Toyota produced a four wheel drive car in something of this size was over twenty years ago. The GR Yaris has been developed for the WRC with Gazoo Racing. A reverse engineered vision of a car that was built for the top level of competitive rally motorsport and this is what you get.

LET'S TALK GR YARIS SPECS

So let’s talks specs. The GR Yaris offers a 4WD system, 18″ forged alloy wheels, 1.6-litre, three cylinder turbocharged engine that puts you at 257bhp straight out of the box. This homologation freak is capable of 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds with a top speed clocking in at 143mph. Toyota GR Yaris Spec Sheet

 

WHAT ABOUT MODIFICATIONS FOR MY GR YARIS?

What about modifications we hear you say? Well, this car has been designed with the enthusiast at its heart. A perfect package to start building the track car of your dreams or a road warrior that packs a serious punch. This is a fast car, primed for tinkering, so the options are wide-ranging and up to you.

The first thing that you will notice is that this car is very quiet for its size and in real need of a sonic punch up, and no need to look further than our brand new development of a fully modular aftermarket exhaust system, that is customisable and suited to your needs, whether you are looking for a track-friendly system or something with a bit more bit as with our ultimate system, or you want to go full straight pipe OPF delete.

 

 

This car is a blank canvas that works great from OE, but we know its mods you want! So here are a few places to start to find some great first steps on your GR journey.  

PIPERCROSS PANEL FILTER

With over 30 years of road and track racing experience when it comes to filtration, Pipercross knows what they are doing. With a triple-layered foam design engineered to provide exceptional levels of engine protection in all weather conditions have a look at their brand new panel filter for the GR Yaris.  

HIPERMAX MAX IV GT SUSPENSION KIT 

If stance, stability, and handling are what you are after then you may be in luck with the HKS Hipermax Max IV GT suspension kit. With over 40 Years of experience in the tuning space, HKS is a quality, sure hand to help you get more from your GR Yaris. 

TEGIWA MODIFICATION GUIDE

Tegiwa Imports have put together a nice little guide to some modifications and accessories worth your while; brakes, engine, interiors, exhausts and styling all in one place. 

AIRTEC MOTORSPORT INTERCOOLER

Looking for a larger, more free-flowing intercooler system? Airtec have got you covered. Their front mount motorsport intercooler fits neatly behind the original bumper, no cutting or trimming required. Airtec are one of the most popular and trusted performance parts manufacturers in the UK. 

JF AUTOMOTIVE – RECARO SPORTSTER CS SEATS

Looking for that motorsport feel beneath your cheeks? The Recaro Sportster CS is a great mix of comfortable sports seat and racing shell. Head over to the JF Automotive site to check out what they have to offer.