September 08, 2021 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

2021 Toyota GR Yaris

17th Annual C! Awards C! Drive of the Year

The genuine World Rally Championship homologation special 2021 Toyota GR Yaris is the C! Team’s unanimous choice as the C! Drive of the Year for the 17th Annual C! Awards. In such a cataclysmic period of time affecting the globe, Toyota’s fantastic GR Yaris super-hot hatch helped to bring hope and joy to our market.

It is said that in order to qualify with the WRC’s homologation rules, Toyota would need to produce at least 25,000 units of the GR Yaris in a continuous 12-month period. The legendary 4-time WRC champion Tommi Mäkinen worked with the Gazoo Racing team in developing the GR Yaris. Toyota Big Boss Akio Toyoda and Tommi Mäkinen collaborated during pre-production testing on multi-stage surfaces.

The end result of the development is a truly epic and balanced 2+2 supermini that can be driven comfortably every single day with all-time four-wheel drive, the Toyota Safety Sense suite of active and passive measures that include adaptive cruise control, front and rear Torsen Limited Slip Differentials, Ultrasuede® Sports Seats, GR-FOUR AWD modes to vary torque distribution through Normal (60:40), Sport (30:70) and Track (50:50), aluminum sport pedals with optimal setup for heel-and-toe action, full LED lighting, fully-independent trick suspension, 6.9-inch infotainment system, appropriately massive 356 mm two-piece vented front brake discs with red four-pot calipers and 294 millimeter ventilated rear brake discs with red two-pot calipers, BBS forged alloys with 225/40R18 gumballs, exciting blistered bodywork, abundant aluminum applications combined with a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic roof panel, all powered by a purpose Gazoo Racing-built, inline-3 cylinder 1.6-liter engine mated to a 6-speed V16-series intelligent manual transmission (“iMT”).

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-3
Displacement 1618 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 12V
Fuel Injector Port & Direct Injection Intercooled Single-Scroll Ball-Bearing Turbo, VVT-I
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 257 bhp @ 6500 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 266 lb-ft @ 3000-4600 rpm
Transmission 6-Speed iMT

Performance

Top Speed 230 km/h (143 mph) Governed
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 5.2 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 8.3 L/100km Overall

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) PhP 2,650,000.00
What's Great Uniqueness, explosive and explorable dynamic performance, excellent build-quality, hugely entertaining.
What's Not So Nothing.
C! Editors Rating 10/10
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