Toyota Sells a GR Yaris Lookalike Mule in Japan

Toyota just made the GR Yaris beast even more powerful. Alongside several improvements, its 1.6L three-cylinder unit, instead of 260hp/ 360 Nm, now produces a massive 300hp of power and 400Nm of torque and comes paired with an 8-speed Gazoo Racing transmission and all-wheel drive.

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But in Japan, the base variant called GR Yaris RS is the complete opposite. Although it may look like the full-fat variant on the outside, the GR Yaris RS gets a very basic 1.5L engine good for 118 hp and 145 Nm under its hood and is paired with a CVT gearbox that powers the front wheels only.

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The GR Yaris RS is far less expensive than its much more powerful twin brother with a price tag of 2,650,000 yen, which is just over $18,000. On the other hand, the actual GR Yaris goes as high as 4,560,000 yen (almost $31,000) in its pre-facelift guise whereas the price of the recently unveiled facelift is yet to be revealed.

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Although the GR Yaris RS may appear to be identical to the actual Yaris hot hatch to the untrained eye, a few characteristics reveal its actual nature. For instance, the speedometer on the performance hatch reaches 280 km/h, but in GR Yaris RS, it only reaches 180 km/h.

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