You already likely know plenty about the supercharged Toyota Yaris GRMN that unfortunately isn't sold in South Africa (despite three examples roaming local streets ... and one joining us on Performance Shootout 2019). But now a Yaris GR-S concept based on the larger Asia-spec model introduced to South Africa in February has been revealed at the São Paulo International Motor Show.
The Japanese brand says the Gazoo Racing concept, which was developed by the Toyota Design Centre of Brazil and displayed alongside the Hilux GR Sport at the show, will “inspire future projects, special series and accessories development” for the hatch. In other words, a full production version is seemingly not on the cards (for now, at least).
The Yaris GR-S concept rides on two-tone 17-inch alloys and features a special livery (in Gazoo’s signature colours) plus lowered suspension and a smattering of GR logos. The aggressive rear diffuser, wheelarch extensions, chunky side-skirts and front lip all appear to be fashioned from carbon-fibre (with the material also used to border the daytime running lights), while the taillamps have been darkened and a new tailpipe fitted.
Inside, the Yaris GR-S concept boasts alloy pedals, special sport seats up front (complete with “Gazoo Racing” embroidery plus red-and-white stitching), red detailing dotted round the cabin and a steering wheel trimmed in what appears to be a combination of leather and Alcantara.
And under the bonnet (which usually hides a naturally aspirated 1,5-litre four-cylinder petrol unit)? Well, Toyota hasn’t revealed whether the concept features any powertrain tweaks. Still, it’s worth noting that the cabin shot you see above shows the model still fitted with a continuously variable transmission…
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