Toyota really wants to add some zest to their cars with the Gazoo Racing treatment. From Hiluxes to Yarises, they've been injecting some sportiness into their cars. Now, the Yaris gets it yet again, and it's the Latin American model, which is largely similar to what we get here.
Dubbed the Yaris GR-S Concept, it shows a different side of the economy hatch, getting more aggressive looks and a meaner stance along the way. As the name suggests, it won't be going into production just yet, but it does show that the car can indeed be turned into something more than an economy car.
The hatch now rides much lower than stock, although it is yet to be known if it sits on lowering springs or full-on coilovers. What is seen is a wider wheel track, suggesting something special is lurking underneath. Further giving the Yaris GR-S Concept a more aggressive look is a set of Gazoo Racing's own 17-inch alloy wheels.
With its unique suspension set up, the Yaris GR-S gets carbon fiber fender flares, making it look wider than the standard model. The rest of the body is adorned in carbon fiber parts. At the front is a carbon fiber chin, and the panel below the LED daytime running lights is also finished in the same material. The side skirts are also made out of carbon fiber and flow into the fender flares. As for the rear, it gets a sizeable diffuser, also made out of the lightweight material. Capping it off is a larger rear wing.
Inside, it is mostly stock, save for some Gazoo Racing details. The pedals are now aluminum, while the front seats get deeper buckets. Red accents on the dash emphasize its Gazoo Racing tweaks, while the steering wheel gets suede trimmings. Curiously, the demo car packs a CVT, and it is unknown if there are tweaks under the hood. If there are, it appears these are minor as suggested by the custom exhaust.