2018 Toyota Yaris GRMN Revealed Ahead of Debut, Supercharged Engine Confirmed. From i-TRIL’s press release, we know that Toyota will debut not only the electric city car at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, but also the facelifted 2017 Yaris, and its performance version, Yaris GRMN. GRMN stands for Gazoo Racing Master of Nurburgring and the Japanese automaker recently reveal the car ahead of its debut. This is Toyota’s first hot hatchback in more than the decade, so many enthusiasts have been waiting for its launching.
2018 Toyota Yaris GRMN Specifications
Unlike other hot hatches nowadays that come with 5-door style, 2018 Toyota Yaris GRMN will stick with 3-door style while its Yaris sibling will be available with both options. Design wise, GRMN is pretty much the same with the facelifted Yaris. However, GRMN gets more aggressive elements that distinguish it with Yaris and shows that it is indeed a high-performance version.
GRMN has colored graphics on both sides that easily catch attention. Besides, it also comes with black boot spoiler as well as large black alloy wheels, probably around 17 inches. The front fascia looks very robust and distinctive. Meanwhile, a large central exhaust that is attached to the rear bumper is in charge of making the rear fascia looks more aggressive and sporty.
Toyota revealed the exterior but keeps the cabin in secret. It seems like we have to be patient and wait until the car debuts on March 7th to find out how the interior will look like. But we definitely can expect some significant tweaks and elements inside the cabin.
Furthermore, it is also reported that Yaris GRMN will come with the sportier body kit, and possibly new brake and also stiffer suspension setup.
The Japanese automaker has confirmed that Yaris GRMN will be powered by 1.8 L 4-cylinder supercharged engine that churns out 205 bhp (156 kW). This is definitely a surprise considering even the WRC-spec unit the GRMN took inspiration form only comes with 1.6 L turbocharged engine.
It is reported that its average 0-62mph time is around 6.5 seconds to 7 seconds. But with some additional boost of power, the average time can be shed by around 0.5 seconds.
Toyota has not revealed what transmission will be paired with the supercharged engine. But, we definitely will be very happy if it comes with a 6-speed manual. Moreover, while the WRC-spec Yaris gets all-wheel drive, it seems like the road going model will have to be satisfied with the front-wheel drive system.
Toyota knows how to create a car that will excite potential buyers. Up to this time, 2018 Toyota Yaris GRMN is the only car in this class that comes with the supercharged engine, making it a lot more powerful compared to almost all models in this segment.
The Hot Hatch is getting more and more popular nowadays and many automakers like Volkswagen, Nissan and Ford started entering this segment. The fact that GRMN is the only car with the supercharged engine in this class sets it one step ahead compared to its competitors like Ford Fiesta ST, Volkswagen Polo GTI, and Nissan Micra Nismo.
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