By Otsile Kadiege
Last year Toyota launched the rally-inspired GR Yaris in South Africa and other markets. Since then the potent Yaris has won multiple Car of the Year and Performance Car of the Year trophies, across global markets. Sadly the much-loved GR Yaris was sold in limited numbers however all is not doom and gloom. Following unprecedented global demand and a positive market response, Toyota Motor Corporation heeded the call of buyers worldwide and subsequently extended the production and availability of the GR Yaris. South Africa is one of the markets which will receive the second allocation of the GR Yaris in its top-spec Rally guise. Again, the allocation will be in limited numbers.
Single model grade
As mentioned above, the second allocation of GR Yaris units will be sold in top specification Rally guise. The Rally model is equipped with a Torsen limited-slip differential on each axle, performance-tuned suspension, revised power-steering assistance and 18-inch BBS forged alloy wheels – shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 4s tyres.
In addition to the mechanical upgrades, the Rally model also boasts combination leather/Alcantara sports seats in the front with enhanced bolstering, leather rear seats, Heads-up Display (HUD), the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) active safety suite and Active Noise Control. Active Noise Control amplifies the engine sound by cancelling out opposing frequencies – adding a vocal soundtrack.
Standard specification includes keyless entry with push start, LED-headlamps with Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and auto function, LED fog lights, heated and power-retractable exterior mirrors, plus rain-sensing wipers. On the inside, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual-zone climate control, Multi-Information Display (MID), 12-volt power outlet and a tilt-and-telescopic adjustable steering column deliver on convenience.
A 6-speaker touchscreen audio system is standard on all models, and features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality as well as Bluetooth and USB inputs. New for 2022 is the addition of a reverse camera and rear Park Distance Control (PDC).
A full suite of active and passive safety features includes ABS, EBD, Brake Assist (BA), VSC and Hill Assist Control (HAC). A four-wheel tyre pressure monitor system acts as both a safety and performance feature. The TSS-package adds Pre-Collision System (PCS), Automatic High Beam (AHB), Lane Trace Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control.
Powering the GR Yaris Rally is a 1.6-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder engine making 198kW and 360Nm. The engine is matched to a six-speed manual transmission, engineered to accommodate high torque levels and it also features a short and light shift throw. Power is sent through the automaker’s GR-Four all-wheel drive system which has been designed to optimise drive power to each wheel, while also being simple and lightweight.
Toyota offers a comprehensive list of driver training courses via the Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) Driving Academy. Interested parties can obtain more information here.
Pricing and warranty
The GR Yaris Rally is priced at R761,200 and it comes standard with a 9-services/90 000 km service plan (intervals set at 10 000 km) and 3-year/100 000km warranty. Customers can also purchase a variety of service and/or warranty add-ons at their local dealership.
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