Small hot hatchbacks like the Fiesta ST failed in America, perhaps because money is less of an issue than power and performance. But Toyota just built a pocket rocket called the GR Yaris, and it’s quite exciting. Can it do more with less? We are in the process of finding out thanks to a tug of war between it and the ubiquitous GR Supra.
Let’s look at the power deficit that the Yaris has to overcome. Like the old Fiesta ST, this car has a small engine. It is a 1
The Rally World Championship has given us many of these fantastic cars, such as the Audi Quattro, Ford RS200 and Lancia Delta. The GR Yaris is cut by a piece of cloth that also gave us the Celica GT-Four, but it will obviously still be fighting a Supra.
Making this a little more balanced, the Supra looks like a 2020 model, with BMW officially focusing on 335 hp and torque of 369 lb-ft. We have seen dyno tests that suggest otherwise. But at least on paper, the gap is 65 horsepower, which is not insurmountable. Much of it will depend on how good the need is AWD the system in Yaris works.
So what’s really going on? Well, the Yaris gets a fantastic launch, one of the best we’ve seen out of a manual hatch. Supra will obviously catch up and win the race, but the gap is only a couple of car lengths. The CarExpert drag race video below is also a comparison review. Apparently, these cars have a few things in common. Check it out!