You’ve heard previously what rally drivers had to say about the Toyota GR Yaris so now let Japanese racing driver and drifter, Nobuteru Taniguchi, share his thoughts on Toyota’s latest hot-hatch. We watched the entire video in broken English from automatically-generated translations and here’s are some of the feedback we gathered.

The test drive took place in wet conditions at the Fuji Speedway but right away, the GR Yaris delivered on the hype and promises that surrounded it. The first thing you’d immediately notice is how throaty the (world’s most powerful) 3-cylinder 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, with 272 hp and 370 Nm, sounds. 0 to 100 km/h in this feisty little thing will only take you five seconds by the way.

While we do not understand Japanese, Nobu did use the words “kimochi” and “powerful” to describe the GR Yaris. The latter is self explanatory but don’t ask why we know what “kimochi” means. The explanation may not be suited for publication.

From what we deduced, Nobu also described the GR Yaris to have a wide powerband and that it had good stability. Note how much the speedometer climbs before a gear change! The latter was evident when the car was switched to Track Mode with its Vehicle Stability Control system switched off. Three different driving modes were tested – Normal, Sport and Track.

The other thing Nobu pointed out was how responsive the car was, with “small” turbo lag. From the on-board camera, you’d also notice how controllable the car is even when in a skid; a testament to the GR Yaris’ all-wheel drive system with 50:50 torque distribution. As and when necessary, the driver can also tweak the torque distribution for different driving conditions – 60:40 for a more front-bias setup, 30:70 for a “more rear-wheel drive” experience.

Word is that this little monster will be coming to Malaysia but it won’t be cheap. How much are you willing to pay?


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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.