To those familiar with the term GRMN (Gazoo Racing Masters of the Nurgburgring) or simply Gazoo Racing, they know that it signifies a more performance oriented variant of the vehicle. The latest of Toyota's lineup to get the GRMN treatment is the European-spec Yaris.
Originally teased with the WRC-spec Yaris, Toyota has been able to apply the go-fast bits from the Yaris rally car to the facelifted Yaris . This is done by adding a supercharger courtesy of GRMN. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder supercharged engine will apparently develop 210 PS and is unlike the power plant found in the WRC-spec Yaris, which uses a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine.
Toyota states that the Yaris GRMN will be the only model in its segment to feature a supercharged engine. To distinguish it from a regular Yaris, an aggressive body kit will be introduced. Stiffer suspension, upgraded brakes, bespoke wheels and possibly further interior tweaks to give it a more distinct look.
No news yet regarding the gearbox of the Yaris GRMN, but a 6-speed manual will be a safe bet. Also, unlike the Yaris rally car which uses all-wheel drive, the Yaris GRMN is expected to be front-wheel-drive only.
More details are expected to follow once Toyota unveils the Yaris GRMN and will sit along side its rivals from the same category at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show.