There’s no denying that the Toyota GR Yaris is quite possibly the greatest Toyota ever built in recent decades. It’s so unnecessary and pointless which makes it properly brilliant and desirable. That’s the beauty of these kinds of cars, they’re built for purpose and nothing more. You can justify a RM300,000 Yaris with words such as “homologation”, “race car” and “Tommi Mäkinen”. Because that’s what it is through and through. However, Toyota has once again messed around with the GR Yaris to further ‘enhance’ the car to different heights. Basically Toyota took sugar, spice and everything nice and sprinkled it all over the GR Yaris. By the nature of the build, it seems that this was supposed to be ideal GR Yaris from day one but as we all know, manufacturers too have to make some additional cash as well, hence the more desirable being a limited production unit. Cue in the GRMN Yaris, a limited 500-unit version of the GR Yaris with more bits and more money. According to Toyota, the GRMN “is a fully tuned model of the GR Yaris that has gone through rigorous refinement with professional drivers.” The list of drivers include Toyota’s very own president, Akio Toyoda under the pseudonym “Morizo”, to race in the Super Taikyu Series and Japanese Rally Championship.
The GRMN comes standard with BBS Forged Wheels wrapped with Yokohama Advan A052 as standard for the Circuit Pack. Recaro Seats, Alcantara Steering & an optional Roll Cage for those who really want to take the car to the absolute limits. You can opt for either the ‘Regular’ GRMN, the Circuit Pack or the Rally Pack. The powertrain wasn’t touched by the looks of things but the GRMN does have an additional 20Nm over the standard GR, bumping the number to 390Nm.
However, the Circuit Pack and Rally Pack do have minor differences which can be tailor made through Toyota’s ‘Update Program and Personalization Program’ services, where they will provide customers with “cars that evolve quickly and can be tailored to individuals”. A similar programme that provides customers a taste of the motorsports lifestyle.