2021 Toyota GR Yaris makes an insane 268 hp -- from a 3-cylinder engine
The GR Yaris is going racing in the World Rally Championship, too.
January 10, 2020
I'll get this, the question that's obviously popped into your mind, out of the way first: It's highly unlikely this is coming to America. The 2021 Toyota GR Yaris (GR is the abbreviation for Gazoo Racing) made its anticipated debut on Friday and my, oh, my, it's quite the proper hot hatchback.
Let's start with the powertrain. There's a brand-spanking-new 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-three engine onboard. From those three cylinders and turbo, this little dude makes a whopping 268 horsepower. That, friends, is pretty nuts. Routing the power to all four wheels is a six-speed manual transmission, and that's the sole option here.
Why would Toyota go through all of this trouble to build a killer hot hatch? The World Rally Championship. The Japanese automaker will take the potent thing to the WRC alongside Tommi Mäkinen Racing. In fact, the race team had a lot of sway during the design and engineering process. Truly, this is a homologated rally car for the road.
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