In addition to the refreshed 2020 Honda Civic Type R, one car that definitely caught our attention at Tokyo Auto Salon this week is the new Toyota GR Yaris.
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According to Toyota, it boasts the world’s most powerful three-cylinder engine, rated at 268 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h is achieved in just 5.5 seconds.
Unlike the six-cylinder in the GR Supra, this tiny 1.6-litre turbo is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and a multi-plate clutch centre differential. Three drive modes are available and torque distribution between the front and rear axles varies accordingly: Normal (60/40), Sport (30/70) and Track (50/50).
The Toyota GR Yaris also benefits from a new double-wishbone rear suspension and upgraded brakes all around. The front units have 14-inch discs, for God’s sake!
Alas, we will never see this little marvel in Canada. The fourth-generation Yaris will be sold in Japan and Europe, while ours is a re-badged Mazda2. Still, Toyota could use the expertise to create more powerful Corolla and C-HR models, maybe even with AWD, in an effort to attract more customers.
Does that sound interesting to you?