Customers in selected markets can register their interest by reaching out to Toyota dealers or accessing the local official website. In Germany, prices start at a rather hefty €33,200 ($37,000). That’s only €2,000 ($2,230) less than the bigger and more powerful Renault Megane RS and around €3,000 ($3,340) short of the base BMW 3-Series.
In the UK, the base model is available from £29,995 ($38,462) on the road, while the GR Yaris Circuit Pack starts at £33,495 ($42,950). Toyota is not planning on launching the GR Yaris in North America.
Powering this pocket rocket is a 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine that develops 257 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque in the European version. It’s matched to a six-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel drive and has a claimed 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration of under 5.5 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 230 km/h (143 mph).
The former adds a Torsen limited-slip differential, performance tuned suspension and 18-inch wheels shod with 225/40 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. Details about the Convenience package and other equipment offered as standard on the car will be announced at a later date.
The Japanese version of the GR Yaris is a bit more powerful, with the same engine kicking out 272 PS (268 HP / 200 kW) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft).