Deliveries have begun for Toyota’s rally-bred GR Yaris in Singapore, but there’s bad news if you want one: the S$200k hot hatch is sold out
SINGAPORE — Borneo Motors is officially pulling the wraps off the Toyota Yaris GR in Singapore today by announcing that customer deliveries have started and putting a launch video on YouTube. The authorised distributor says the rally-bred car was sold out before it hit showrooms, meaning customers plonked their deposits down without seeing the car.
A spokesperson for Borneo said the GR Yaris’ price is “not available for disclosure” but CarBuyer understands that it sold for just under S$200,000 here with Certificate Of Entitlement.
Buyers will have snagged themselves a slice of rallying. On one level the GR Yaris is a hot hatch for keen drivers, but it was also developed by Gazoo Racing, the motorsports arm of Toyota, with heavy influence from the outfit’s World Rally Championship car.
The 1.3-tonne, three-door hatchback has 262 horsepower from a screaming 1.6-litre, three-cylinder turbo engine, four-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission. It leaps to 100km/h in 5.5 seconds, which must make it a candidate for being the quickest 1.6-litre car around.
The brakes and suspension are heavily modified, and Toyota says its rally drivers worked on setting up the car from the start of its development.
That association with what is likely motorsports’ most demanding form of competition puts the GR Yaris right up there with rally-bred heroes of the past, such as the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, Subaru Impreza WRX or Toyota’s own Celica GT-Four.
The 22 buyers who jumped on the car here started to take delivery last Friday, with Borneo taking the trouble to give each one a small handover ceremony and a keepsake in the form of an owners’ kit (above).
The kit includes a GR Yaris Owners’ plaque, a limited-edition Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team Jacket, and a numbered car cover.
Driving the GR Yaris might be considered its own reward for acting fast, but if you missed the boat there is another Gazoo Racing model on the way. “Enthusiasts who missed out on the GR Yaris should look out for our GR 86 launch early next year,” Samuel Yong, the Director of Business Strategy and Strategic Marketing at Borneo Motors said in a statement.
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