The Toyota GR Yaris has acquired a minor change, and the ‘advanced’ automobile has been unveiled on the 2024 Tokyo Auto Salon, 4 years after the rally-bred hatchback first surfaced on the tuner present. The main factors are an eight-speed computerized choice, extra energy and torque and a brand new driver-angled cockpit/revised driving place, amongst different issues.
UPDATE: Dwell pics from Tokyo Auto Salon added
Since launch, TGR has been racing the GR Yaris in numerous motorsports, implementing “driver-first car-making” by means of repeated “breaking and fixing” in excessive environments. Suggestions from professional race drivers and analysis drivers – in addition to Toyota’s personal chairman cum Grasp Driver, Akio Toyoda a.ok.a. Morizo – have been integrated on this advanced automobile, ‘to comprehensively improve automobile efficiency’.
The massive information is that the GR Yaris – beforehand manual-only – can now be had with an eight-speed auto referred to as the Gazoo Racing Direct Computerized Transmission, which has “transmission velocity and reliability that may be loved by a variety of individuals,” TGR says.
The motorsports arm says that the transmission management software program has been optimised for sporty driving. It delicately senses the way in which the driving force steps on the brakes and operates the accelerator, and by doing so, the field anticipates when gear shifting is critical even earlier than modifications in automobile behaviour happen, realising gear choice that displays the driving force’s intentions, “resulting in gear choice that’s much like how skilled drivers shift gears”.
Additionally, using extremely heat-resistant friction materials within the gear-shift clutch and enhancements to the transmission’s management software program have resulted in ‘world-class gear-shifting speeds’, TGR says. There are extra gears right here than within the 6MT, which makes the a lot of the engine’s energy band. The RZ “Excessive efficiency” trim degree is provided with a Torsen LSD.
There’s extra energy and torque too – from the unique 272 PS and 370 Nm to 304 PS and 400 Nm. That’s a rise of 32 PS and 30 Nm. The upper engine output and the provision of the auto gearbox requires improved cooling efficiency, so an ATF cooler comes normal on auto automobiles. As well as, a sub-radiator, cool air consumption and intercooler spray at the moment are out there as a factory-installed Cooling Bundle choice.
New to the GR Yaris is Drive Mode Choose, the place the digital energy steering, air conditioning and powertrain modifications in accordance with Sport, Regular or Eco mode. Sport will get a special gauge cluster design too. The 4WD mode choice perform stays as it’s.
The modifications go as deep because the physique shell. The variety of bolts fastening the physique to the shock absorbers has been elevated from one to 3 to suppress alignment modifications throughout driving, thereby rising the responsiveness of the automobile to steering enter, enhancing dealing with stability. The group additionally elevated the variety of spot welding factors by round 13% and expanded the areas the place structural adhesive is utilized by roughly 24% – this improves physique rigidity, which ends up in higher dealing with and experience consolation.
The GR Yaris might be maxed out on observe with the Circuit Mode, which incorporates anti-lag management (managed turbo lag discount to enhance acceleration response throughout re-acceleration), rest of the velocity limiter (upon coming into a circuit, as decided by GPS), max engine fan output and a shift timing indicator. Every perform might be customised utilizing a smartphone app.
We attain cosmetics. Maybe that’s not the most effective phrase as modifications to the 2024 GR Yaris’ exterior are practical. Up entrance, the decrease grille includes a metal mesh that’s skinny and light-weight however nonetheless sturdy (GR-FOUR clearly seen), and the perimeters of the decrease entrance bumper have a brand new separable construction. The latter makes restoration and alternative work simpler.
You’ll additionally discover bigger openings right here for higher cooling, and to the perimeters, there are retailers to exhaust warmth from the sub-radiator and ATF cooler. A gap on the decrease fringe of the rear decrease garnish permits air from beneath the ground to flee, which reduces drag and permits warmth from the muffler to flee.
Even the cue that’s seemingly aesthetic – the brand new tail lamp cluster with full-width LED signatures – isn’t what it appears. TGR says that the higher and decrease rear lamps have been consolidated to keep away from injury and enhance visibility, whereas the third brake mild has been separated from the rear spoiler, rising the wing’s customisability. Apparently, there’s now no Toyota emblem on the rear, a giant distinction from the GR Supra’s double-signed butt.
The inside modifications are extra important than on the surface, and whereas it’s not very fairly (like a bus to me, what do you suppose?), the brand new cockpit is alleged to be race automobile impressed, particularly by Tremendous Taikyu Sequence and Japanese Rally Championship machines. The centre stack has been tilted 15 levels in direction of the driving force for enhanced visibility and operability – issues are nearer to the driving force now.
The latter has additionally been improved by means of elevating the shift lever 75 mm in comparison with the present CVT-equipped GR Yaris RS and putting it in the identical place because the shift lever on the guide model. Even the automated model will get a hand brake as a substitute of the standard digital parking brake. There’s even an choice for a vertical parking brake, rally (or drift) model, for the competition-oriented RC trim degree.
Additionally very racing is the brand new 12.3-inch color instrument panel. For the auto variant, along with an computerized transmission oil temperature show, a visible warning has been added to the gear place show to reinforce the traditional sound-only alarm, which is to inform the driving force that downshifting just isn’t doable on account of overly excessive rpms.
Final however not least, as we felt the unique driving place was comparatively excessive for a sports activities automobile, driving posture has been improved by decreasing the driving place by 25 mm, with corresponding decreasing of the steering wheel place. Additionally, ahead visibility has been expanded by shifting the rearview mirror to the highest of the windshield and decreasing the higher fringe of the centre cluster by 50 mm.
All these modifications make the GR Yaris extra succesful than the restricted version GRMN Yaris that was unveiled on the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon. As such, good man Gazoo is getting ready an replace equipment to extend energy output to the identical degree because the 2024 GR Yaris, with an unique emblem that signifies the improve.
TGR additionally introduced that the GR Yaris RZ “Excessive efficiency・Sébastien Ogier Version” and GR Yaris RZ “Excessive efficiency・Kalle Rovanperä Version” idea fashions proven finally yr’s Tokyo Auto Salon will probably be produced, based mostly on the most recent base automobile. The particular editions will probably be unveiled at Rallye Monte Carlo later this month.
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