Toyota Yaris GRMN – Gazoo Racing turns Toyota tot into a bit of an animal - Design

Bespoke supermini isn’t cheap (and is sold out), but it delivers raw and undiluted thrills that are missing from many in the class.

Evo rating
  • Strong performance, revvy engine, snappy transmission, agile handling
  • Price, it’s sold out, poor driving position, cheap interior

Design

Visually, the car closely follows the template set by the standard three-door Yaris – cost restraints meant sheet metal changes were out of the question. As a result, the GRMN (Gazoo Racing Masters of the Nurburgring. I know, it’s obvious isn’t it) gains its visual muscle courtesy of some natty body graphics, a large tailgate spoiler and centre exit exhaust that takes its cues from the brand’s WRC machine. The whole lot is set off by the addition of 17-inch forged BBS alloys.

Overall, the GRMN looks surprisingly purposeful. It’s not got the sort of instant presence of, say, a Renault Clio 197/200, but it gives off enough racy vibes to let those in the know that this is no ordinary Toyota shopping trolley.

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