Toyota GR Yaris is one of the cars the Americans are already waiting to import in 25 years from now. You see, one of Toyota’s worst cars is not available in the United States. Toyota built the jumped Yaris, which shares nothing with the Yaris available here, to homologate its WRC race car. The car’s race pedigree is on full screen in a new YouTube video showing the compact hatch that sets an impressive Nurburgring lap time.
The GR Yaris can count the BMW 1 Series M Coupé 2011 and Honda Civic Type R 2016 among its contemporaries with Toyota’s 8-minute duration of 14.93 seconds. It is far from the fastest laps on the track, which can see times fall well below the six-minute mark. The hatch also kisses the electronically limited top speed of 230 kilometers per hour (1
GR Yaris is a pretty crazy machine when you dig past the famous name. The car has a Frankenstein chassis with several different Toyota platforms, four-wheel drive and a powerful turbocharged three-cylinder engine. The 1.6-liter engine produces a powerful 257 horsepower (192 kilowatts) and a torque of 360 Newton meters (265 pounds-feet) which is sent to a six-speed manual transmission. The car uses light materials such as forged carbon fiber and aluminum, with the hatch weighing in at 1280 kg.
Whether you invest in Nurburgring lap times, the iconic racetrack is a testament to both carmakers and enthusiasts. The circuit is a standard that can measure one thing very well – how fast cars are around the Nurburgring. It provides equal conditions that put cars through a difficult physics test. The Toyota GR Yaris is nowhere near being the fastest on the track, but that does not make the lap time less impressive for the compact hatch.