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2020 Toyota GR Yaris Sold Out?

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UMW Toyota Motor has announced that the recently launched 2020 Toyota GR Yaris, one of the most highly anticipated cars of last year, has received overwhelming response, resulting in “not many units left” as we were told.

Out of the 25,000 units that were produced by Toyota, only less than 200 came to Malaysia, and out of the 200, a majority of the units have already been snapped up. The exact number of units sold was not disclosed, though.

 “When we were informed of the new Toyota GR Yaris by Toyota Motor Corporation, we knew it would have great potential in the Malaysian market, especially with the increasing motorsport and motorsport-related activities organized by UMW Toyota Motor,” said Ravindran K., President of UMW Toyota Motor.

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“The enthusiastic fans were eagerly awaiting the launch of the model and wasted no time booking one right after we launched the car on December 17, 2020. And now, just over a month since its launch, we have been receiving such overwhelming response. We thank customers for their enthusiastic support,” he said.

“Although the GR Yaris has been fast taken up, we encourage keen parties to continue to register their interest with our GR Garage Dealers nationwide,” he added.

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The extraordinary demand for the GR Yaris has also been evident in some other countries. In Australia, for example, 1,000 units were sold within just one week. A united chorus of media praise for its all-round performance has helped ignite interest as well.

Priced from RM286,896 (excluding insurance, roadtax and SST exemption), the GR Yaris has been offered only through a limited number of dealerships with the GR Garage. This is a dedicated sales channel for GR (GAZOO Racing) products such as the GR Supra, GR Yaris and Vios GR-Sport as well as performance items.

The Toyota GR Yaris

The Toyota GR Yaris, which is essentially a rally car that has been tweaked for the road, is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre 3-cylinder engine that produces 261 PS and 360 Nm of torque.

Paired to the engine is a 6-speed manual gearbox with i-MT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) function that detects the driver’s shifting operation and matches the engine speed to provide a smooth and comfortable shift feel.

toyota gr yaris

Another highlight is that the Toyota GR Yaris is fitted with an all-new full-time four-wheel drive system (GR-Four), which is the first to be developed since the four-wheel drive system in the Toyota GT-4 some 20 years ago.

The GR-Four system distributes power between the front and rear axle via a high response coupling and an electronically controlled multi-plate type clutch that manages the power split between the front and rear wheels.

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There are three driving modes to choose from – Normal, Sport, and Track modes. While torque is split 60:40 front to rear in Normal mode, Sport mode sees the torque being split 30:70. Meanwhile in Track mode, torque is distributed 50:50.

Since the version offered in Malaysia is the top of the line Performance Pack Edition, the GR Yaris also gets Torsen limited slip differential (LSD), beefier suspension, 18-inch forged BBS Alloy Wheels, as well as Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.

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Toyota GR Yaris VS Honda Civic Type R – Which is the Ultimate JDM Hot Hatch?

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Following the government’s announcement that the SST exemption will go on until June 2021, came the interesting news that the most anticipated car of the year after the Proton X50 – the 2020 Toyota GR Yaris, is about RM12,000 cheaper now, at RM286,896.

Dubbed as the “ultimate modern JDM hot hatch” by many excited purists and enthusiasts, the Toyota GR Yaris, which is limited to less than 200 units in Malaysia, was actually priced at RM299,900, which is about the same as the car that is also known as the “king of modern JDM hot hatches” – the FK8 Honda Civic Type R.

So, which is one is it? Let us put both of them side-by-side and see what they have to offer, shall we?

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First – the Toyota GR Yaris, which is essentially a rally car that has been tweaked for the road, powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre 3-cylinder engine that produces 261 PS and 360 Nm of torque.

toyota gr yaris

Paired to the engine is a 6-speed manual gearbox with rev-matching, a full-time four-wheel drive system, an electronically controlled multi-plate type clutch, a Torsen limited slip differential (LSD), beefier suspension, 18-inch forged BBS Alloy Wheels, as well as Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.

toyota gr yaris

Weighing just 1,280kg, the GR Yaris is fitted with various lightweight components like the roof made of a new forged (rather than woven) carbon material and C-SMC (carbon sheet moulding compound), aluminium doors, thin-sheet steel wings, as well as light and strong high-tensile steels in critical areas.

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Stopping power comes in the form of 356 mm ventilated two-piece brake discs with a four-piston red aluminium GR calipers at the front, and 297 mm ventilated discs with a two-piston aluminium red GR calipers at the rear. The GR Yaris is also fitted with a mechanical hand-operated parking brake for extreme cornering in rally stage driving.

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As for the Civic Type R, power comes courtesy of a 2.0-litre VTEC turbo engine producing 310 PS and 400 Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox, helical LSD with cornering aid, as well as automatic rev-matching that can be turned off.

Stopping power is supplied by Brembo four-piston callipers, 350 mm front ventilated discs, and 305 mm discs in the rear. In terms of weight, the Civic Type R weighs exactly 100 kg more than the GR Yaris at 1,380 kg.

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In terms of performance, the less powerful yet lighter GR Yaris is actually able to sprint from naught to 100km/h in 5.5 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds quicker than the bigger and heavier Civic Type R, which does it in 5.7 seconds.

So, when it comes to downright straight line quarter-mile sprint, the Toyota is actually the winner here, but what about corners and twisty bits?

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Looking at the specifications list, it seems like the GR Yaris once again has the upper hand as it has something very vital which the Civic Type R lacks – an all-wheel drive system which simply translates to more grip. Plus, the GR is 100kg lighter, and has a shorter wheelbase as well as overall length, which usually means better handling.  

That being said, the Toyota GR Yaris here looks like it is the better car when it comes to downright performance. However, sometimes it is more than just the driver’s seat. Where the Civic Type R wins is in terms of practicality, as it is a spacious four-door car that is comfortable enough to be used as a family car.

The GR Yaris however is obviously less family-friendly as it is a two-door hatchback with very limited rear seat space. The boot is also much smaller than the Civic Type R. Comfort wise, both cars come with comfortable and supportive seats, and the level of noise, vibration, and harshness is low in both cars as well.

If we are compare the cost of ownership, the Toyota GR Yaris should be asking for less, thanks to the 1.6-litre engine which means cheaper road tax, and also the smaller tyres (18-inch VS 20-inch).

Last but not the least we have the design of both cars. While the Honda Civic Type R would appeal to those who want something visually super-loud, the Toyota GR Yaris is actually designed to go much easier on the eye, with so much lesser happening than the Civic Type R.

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If at all you end up reading this article and feel like purchasing one of the above, those who wish for the GR Yaris can drop by selected Toyota showrooms around the country and check if it is still available.

As for the Honda Civic Type R, we have a bit of a bad news for you as the car is no longer listed in the company’s official website. This could mean two things – either you will have to wait for the new one, or just get a used one.

Either way, both machines are worth every sen they ask for (if you can afford them) as they are arguably the most exciting modern Japanese hot-hatches at the moment, that are without a doubt – future classics.

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Toyota GR Yaris Arrives in Malaysia – 200 Units, RM299,000

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The Proton X50 may have been the most anticipated car launch of the year, but what Toyota unveiled last night was without a doubt, the most exciting car to be introduced in Malaysia in a very long time. Ladies and gents, say hello to the Toyota GR Yaris.  

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Priced at RM299,000 on the road without insurance and road tax, the Toyota GR Yaris, which is essentially a rally car that has been tweaked for the road, is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre 3-cylinder engine that produces 261 PS and 360 Nm of torque.

toyota gr yaris engine

Paired to the engine is a 6-speed manual gearbox with i-MT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) function that detects the driver’s shifting operation and matches the engine speed to provide a smooth and comfortable shift feel.

toyota gr yaris

Another highlight is that the Toyota GR Yaris is fitted with an all-new full-time four-wheel drive system (GR-Four), which is the first to be developed since the four-wheel drive system in the Toyota GT-4 some 20 years ago.

The GR-Four system distributes power between the front and rear axle via a high response coupling and an electronically controlled multi-plate type clutch that manages the power split between the front and rear wheels.

There are three driving modes to choose from – Normal, Sport, and Track modes. While torque is split 60:40 front to rear in Normal mode, Sport mode sees the torque being split 30:70. Meanwhile in Track mode, torque is distributed 50:50.

Since the version offered in Malaysia is the top of the line Performance Pack Edition, the GR Yaris also gets Torsen limited slip differential (LSD), beefier suspension, 18-inch forged BBS Alloy Wheels, as well as Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.

Built on a unique platform combining Toyota’s new GA-B platform (from the new generation Yaris hatchback) and a rear section adapted from the GA-C platform (used for the Corolla and C-HR), the GR Yaris is the first production model to built at the bespoke GR factory at Motomachi, Japan – the same facility responsible for building the Lexus LFA supercar.

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd is also offering an Early Bird Package that will see buyers of the GR Yaris receiving an exclusive helmet bag, a GR Yaris scale model and undergoing a GR Yaris Driving Experience in 2021, the combined package of which is worth RM5,000.

toyota gr yaris seats

Weighing just 1,280kg, the GR Yaris is fitted with various lightweight components like the roof made of a new forged (rather than woven) carbon material and C-SMC (carbon sheet moulding compound), aluminium doors, thin-sheet steel wings, as well as light and strong high-tensile steels in critical areas.

Stopping power comes in the form of 356 mm ventilated two-piece brake discs with a four-piston red aluminium GR calipers at the front, and 297 mm ventilated discs with a two-piston aluminium red GR calipers at the rear. The GR Yaris is also fitted with a mechanical hand-operated parking brake for extreme cornering in rally stage driving.

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On the exterior, key features include a large opening at the front which takes the shape of the radiator, LED lights, vertical intakes on both sides of the front bumper to cool the brakes, tapered roof and rear pillars, and a high-mounted GR spoiler.

Inside, the GR Yaris comes with leather sports seats with red stitching in front, all-black leather seats in the rear, a bespoke GR leather steering wheel, black and smoke silver trim on the door handles, side air vents and centre console, as well as drilled aluminium pedals.

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The list of standard equipment on the hand includes a 4.2-inch TFT colour multi-information display (MID) with an all-wheel drive indicator, a Head-up display (HUD), a 7” inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a six-speaker audio system.

Also standard are the dual zone automatic climate control air-conditioning, electrochromic mirror rear view mirror, electric power steering (EPS), a smart entry system, a push start button with a GR emblem, and power windows with (Auto Up / Down with Jam Protection).  

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There is also an engine sound enhancement system that transmits engine sound into the cabin to make things more exciting for the driver and occupants.

Where safety is concerned, the GR Yaris comes with 6 airbags, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), automatic retractable wing mirrors, automatic wipers with rain sensor, DVR, rear parking sensors, tyre pressure monitor system (TPMS), ISOFIX, an intrusion sensor, and Toyota’s premium security and solar film window tint.

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The car also comes with Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction control (TRC) with Expert mode, ABS, Brake Assist, EBD, and Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) features that include a Pre-Crash System (PCS); Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC); Lane Departure Alert (LDA); Lane Tracing Assist (LTA); and Auto High Beam (AHB). Vehicle Telematics System is available as an optional accessory.

Fully-backed by a five-year warranty program, only 200 units of the Toyota GR Yaris will be available for our market, in three colour choices –  Platinum White Pearl, Emotional Red 2, and Precious Black.

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