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The Toyota GRMN Yaris Lets You Pick Rally or Track

Road & Track logo Road & Track 2 days ago Fred Smith
Two different optional packages make Toyota's 1-of-500 super-compact even more specialized. Of course, neither are available in the U.S. © Toyota Gazoo Racing Two different optional packages make Toyota's 1-of-500 super-compact even more specialized. Of course, neither are available in the U.S.

The GR Yaris, Toyota's most exciting new car, exists because CEO Akio Toyoda was willing to make the best possible subcompact road car in pursuit of a more competitive professional rally car. The resulting car is already uncompromising, but Toyota's Gazoo Racing badging system goes up one more trim level, so there was room in the lineup to make an even less compromising performance car on the two-door Yaris platform. Enter the GRMN Yaris.

Toyota says that the GRMN Yaris builds on the GR imprint's focus on evolving quickly and tailoring to the needs of individual drivers. These are the traits of a racing car in active development; not coincidentally, Akio Toyoda himself has been racing the car as his racing alter ego "Morizo" in the Super Taikyu Series. In the GRMN Yaris, those lessons mean a lighter and stiffer car that gives up back seats for a mechanical LSD and a close-ratio gearbox.

The base GRMN Yaris cuts 44 pounds and four-tenths of an inch of ride height from the standard GR Yaris. An optional circuit package also adds unique wheels, bigger brakes, custom shocks, and aerodynamic upgrades. If a buyer is more interested in the car's rallying potential, a dealer-installed rally package adds specialized shocks, underbody protection, and a roll cage.


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The GRMN name historically means "Gazoo Racing Master of the Nurburgring," which lines up with footage of a Yaris prototype that likely became this car testing on the German track last summer. While it's known in marketing materials as a GRMN Yaris, footnotes clarify that it will be officially registered as GR Yaris GRMN. Yes, that's Toyota Gazoo Racing Yaris Gazoo Racing Master of the Nurburgring.

Some of these options will be available to standard GR Yaris owners later in 2022. For those in Japan who cannot wait, the GRMN Yaris will be a 500-car run sold by an online lottery over the next few months. The base car is priced at the equivalent of $64,300, while the circuit pack takes the price to an MSRP equivalent to $74,400.

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