As if we haven’t tripped and fallen head over heels for Toyota’s fiesty new hatchback, here’s another video to whet your appetite for a meal you might never even get to sniff – in Malaysia at least.

Before you jump off your seats, what you’re hearing isn’t exactly the actual exhaust note of the road-going GR Yaris as the one in the video has been prepped for a race at the Fuji Speedway circuit although we really wouldn’t mind the Yaris to sound that menacing as standard.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORwTblU4BK8

Powering the Toyota’s new pocket rocket that’s been completely developed in-house, unlike the other GR sportscar, is a 1.6-litre 3-cylinder engine with 272 hp and 370 Nm of torque.

As a result, you get Golf R-rivalling performance with a 0 to 100 km/h time of just five seconds. That’s if you can shift through the 6-speed manual gearbox quick enough. The driver is also able to tweak the torque distribution for different driving requirements – 60:40 (front biased), 30:70 (rear biased) or 50:50.

If the new Camry and Corolla is anything to go by, the new GR Yaris that’s built on the GA-B Toyota New Global Architecture platform (TNGA) should be as potent around the corners as it is on the straights but don’t just take it from us, check out the testimonies of these WRC greats!


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Pan Eu Jin
Regularly spend countless hours online looking at cars and parts I can't afford to buy. How a car makes you feel behind the wheel should be more important than the brand it represents - unless resale value is your thing.