2021 Toyota GR Yaris Review: Special, Kay?

2.Design and appearance
3.Interior and features
4.Driving experience

5. Competition and conclusion 

The GR Yaris doesn’t have any competition, really. Nobody else has made a WRC homologation special for quite some time, and the rest are all decades-old legends now: Ford RS500 Cosworth, Audi Sport Quattro, Toyota Celica GT-Four. So if you look at names like that, the S$200k GR Yaris is cheap. Ish. 

The disclaimer here is that, obviously, if you want a car to cart the family around in this is not it, no car here is cheap and affordable blah, blah, blah. But to even have a homologation special in this day and age is already fantastic news to car geeks. if you look at the uniqueness of the car on every level, the engineering detail paid, it’s more than even a some limited Mercedes-AMG or BMW M cars can muster.

What’s more, the very direct connection to racing hasn’t made the GR Yaris a twitchy, hard-to-drive-at-normal-speed frustration machine, but rather the opposite: It’s the best-driving modern Toyota we’ve ever tested.  

Toyota GR Yaris 

Engine1,618cc, inline 3, turbocharged 
Power257hp at 6500rpm
Torque360Nm at 3000-4600rpm
Gearbox6-speed manual
0-100km/h5.5 seconds 
Top Speed230 km/h
Fuel Efficiency8.2L/100km
VES Band C2 / +S$20,000*
AgentToyota Singapore 
PriceApprox S$200,000 with COE and VES, now POA
Verdict Fantastically fast and involving even over crap roads, the GR Yaris is Toyota’s best-driving modern car. An instant classic

*S$25,000 from July 2021

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Derryn Wong
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