The freshly released 2024 Toyota GR Yaris

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The freshly released 2024 Toyota GR Yaris. The new 2024 Toyota GR Yaris makes its debut today at the Tokyo Auto Salon, and we are beyond delighted!

Given how well the previous GR Yaris did in the UK, we expect this one to do the same. Toyota does state that unit numbers will be limited and that interested consumers will be able to apply for purchasing slots in March; however, if the new GR86 is any indication, unit numbers will not be determined by the start of production and 2nd/3rd production rounds may become available.

The freshly released 2024 Toyota GR Yaris

Anyway, going on to the essential bits, and after looking at the photos and some of the new specification revisions, this Yaris is a significant improvement over the previous model!

One of the most noticeable differences (apart from the obvious) was the interior changes, notably the conversion of the 6-speed manual gearbox to an 8-speed Gazoo Racing Direct Transmission. Is this a good decision? well… After speaking with prior generation owners via SwapAuto, we learned that this was one of the drawbacks of that model. Although it adds authenticity and feel, the gearbox isn’t great, and because it’s meant to be driven on a daily basis, waiting in traffic with a manual shifter may quickly become tiresome.

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Will the new transmission detract from the enjoyment of prior generations? Well, Gazoo Racing has claimed that the reason they used an 8-speed is to shorten the gear ratios, allowing for increased torque constancy throughout acceleration and faster lap times, so we’re hoping not.

In terms of entertainment, the upper hall appears to have been well received. Now, we’re not arguing that last year’s model was out of date, but it wasn’t the most visually appealing or intuitive. The introduction of huge screens and a digital interface really puts the car in its price range and gives it the premium feel it previously lacked.

The freshly released 2024 Toyota GR Yaris

Let’s talk performance

The previous generation GR Yaris’ turbocharged engine was the world’s most powerful three-cylinder production unit. Gazoo has now pushed it to the next level, increasing horsepower and torque by 30Nm; maximum values now stand at 276bhp/280 DIN hp and 390Nm.

This new performance standard underlines the car’s dominance in its class, strengthening its lead over the competition and providing a realistic race car feel that demonstrates how Toyota fulfilled its objective to design a rally car for the road.

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Speaking of road-going rally cars, dependability and durability have always been critical requirements. Toyota is well-known for producing long-lasting vehicles, but in this case, Toyota truly put the new Yaris and its components to the test. Everything has been thoroughly tested after its successful debut in the Japan Rally Championship and Japanese Endurance Race Series.

The freshly released 2024 Toyota GR Yaris


The new cars’ optional extras are yet to be disclosed, although we can expect the typical ‘Circuit pack’ as well as numerous Gazoo racing trims and colours. As with past GR models, many of the extras are available with the regular car variation, but personalization is limited, and we don’t see this one being any different.

From an observer’s standpoint, the new 2024 Toyota GR Yaris appears to be a magnificent piece of machinery that will be adored by many people around the world. We’re not sure if it’s worth the high price compared to what else is available in this price range, but we’re looking forward to seeing WRC fans take theirs to the streets when they arrive!

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