The new Toyota Yaris GR SPORT
The new Toyota Yaris GR SPORT

Toyota Ireland has announced the new Toyota Yaris GR SPORT for the 2019 model range.

It’s inspired by the exclusive Yaris GRMN performance hatchback and is the first GR SPORT specification car launched in Ireland and Europe.

The GRMN-inspired modifications are focused on the suspension, giving the car engaging handling and responsiveness. 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.

Ground clearance is reduced by 11 mm compared to the standard Yaris, and the gap between wheel and body is down by 18 mm.

The black 17-inch cast alloy wheels are exclusive to the GR SPORT, but are fitted with the same Bridgestone Potenza RE50 205/45R17 tyres as the GRMN model. Care has been taken to limit the increase in vehicle mass to less than 5kg by restricting the model’s feature options.

The GR SPORT is a five-door and will be available exclusively with the Yaris’ standard 1.5-litre self-charging hybrid powertrain.

The exterior styling follows that of the Yaris GRMN, including a black bi-tone roof with shark fin antenna and rear spoiler. There are piano black door mouldings, a black honeycomb grille, black door mirror housings and black front fog light surrounds. The headlights are unique to the GR SPORT, with black interior detailing. Dark-tinted rear privacy glass is also fitted as standard, together with GR badging. Red decals can be added to the front lip and the top line of the lower rear bumper to generate extra sporty visual appeal.

In the cabin there are GR-branded sports front seats in black Ultrasuede with contrast white stitching and white inserts, black headlining and satin chrome trim for the gear shift lever and the air vent and door-mounted audio speaker surrounds. The GR SPORT is also equipped with the same small-diameter three-spoke steering wheel as the GT86 coupe.

Pricing in Ireland for the new Toyota Yaris GR SPORT starts from €23,700.