The latest incarnation of the car that’s helped raise Toyota’s footprint in all aspects, the GR Yaris, was recently revealed with a host of revisions. The looks are pretty much the same, but under the skin, there have been loads of changes, including the addition of an automatic transmission. Changes to the 2024 version of the GR Yaris include an interior refresh with a high-mounted control panel and display that’s now tilted 15-deg toward, and it looks like the setup you’d find in a racecar. The driving position is 25 mm lower, the rearview mirror moved to the top of the windshield, the top of the centre cluster is lowered by 50 mm, the shift lever rises by 75 mm and the hand brake has been adopted for vehicles with the GAZOO Racing Direct Automatic Transmission and the setup looks like one of the aftermarket upgrades that we’ve seen many of our friends do to their GRs. The turbocharged 1.6-litre 3-cylinder powerplant saw a tweak too, power is up from the original 200 kW and 370 Nm to 224 kW with 400 Nm of torque to match the GR Corolla. Because there’s a new 8-speed Direct Automatic Transmission, it requires cooling so there’s now also an automatic transmission fluid cooler as standard. For those wanting to play on track, or are planning to drive the car as it was built to be driven, there’s also an optional Cooling Package comprised of a sub-radiator, cool air intake, and intercooler sprayer. By all accounts, the latest incarnation of the GR Yaris looks set to cement its reputation of being one of the best driver’s cars of modern times. We’re already seeing amazing content related to the new car, along with a special edition or two, and it’s only just hit February.
Take a look at the YouTube video from the pros at DirtFish as they capture Ogier thrashing the updated GR Yaris around the track to show exactly why he had a limited edition version of the car named after him. The Q&A session is also interesting and worth a watch if you're a TGR fan - and most people are: Sébastien Ogier Drives NEW Toyota GR Yaris! | DirtFish
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