Sharper-handling Toyota Yaris GR Sport unveiled (for Europe)

Toyota Yaris GR Sport Arrives With A Focus On Sharpening Handling

Toyota is set to launch two new versions of its Yaris supermini at the 2018 Paris Motor Show next month, and the Japanese auto giant has released images and details of both the GR Sport and the limited edition Y20 ahead of the event.

In addition, Toyota also announced the new Yaris Y20, a new special grade created to celebrate the 20 anniversary of the best-selling city vehicle. In this case, Toyota puts much of the mechanical focus on improving the suspension.

Anyway, here is the UK's first GR Sport model, the Yaris. It uses Sachs Performance shock absorbers similar to those fitted to the GRMN and a solid (rather than hollow) anti-roll bar to gain extra rigidity.

The GR Sport sits on exclusive black 17in alloy wheels, which are fitted with the same 205/45 R17 Bridgestone Potenza RE50 tyres as the Yaris GRMN. The result of these tweaks is a 11-millimetre decrease in ground clearance over a stock Yaris.

Available exclusively as a five-door, it also shares its exterior styling with the Yaris GRMN, including a rear spoiler and black colour scheme for the roof, front grille, door mirrors and door mouldings.

Toyota Yaris GR Sport Arrives With A Focus On Sharpening Handling
Toyota Yaris GR Sport revealed ahead of Paris debut

Dark-tinted rear privacy glass is also fitted as standard, along with GR badging. These will come with a two-tone bodywork featuring silver, white or black body colors with a dark grey roof.

By now you probably wonder what's hiding under the bonnet; Toyota will offer the new Yaris GR Sport only in conjunction with the hybrid 1.5-liter powertrain, meaning a combined output of 99hp and a CVT gearbox.

Inside, you'll find GR-branded sports front seats upholstered in black Ultrasuede with contrast white stitching and white inserts. When the driver presses the start button, the multi-information TFT display comes to life with the GR logo, setting the tone for a rewarding drive in store.

The sporting feel of the interior is enhanced by a black headlining and satin chrome trim for the gear shift lever and the air vent and door-mounted audio speaker surrounds.

Inside the vehicle, GR-branded Ultrasuede seats sit up front while the steering wheel is lifted from the Toyota GT86 coupe.

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