Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer of the company’s sport vehicle management division, confirmed in Geneva that “Production for the (three-door) GRMN, this one is always limited – 100 units per country. So far Japan, Germany and France”.
Considering Australia’s thirst for performance vehicles, it would be a shame for Toyota to not offer any form of hot hatch locally, with go-fast customers forced to opt for the 86 sports car.
Co-developed with Gazoo Racing, the Yaris GRMN features a supercharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, developing “more than 210hp” (155kW) matched exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission sending drive to the front wheels.
Though yet to be confirmed, Toyota claims the Yaris hot hatch achieves best-in class times for the 0-100km/h sprint and rolling 80-120km/h acceleration in fourth gear.