Toyota Celebrates Launch of New GR Yaris in Japan with Virtual Event
― GR YARIS ONLINE FES Event to be Held September 16 ―

Toyota City, Japan, September 4, 2020―Celebrating the launch of the all-new GR Yaris in Japan, on sale nationwide through Toyota dealers starting from September 4, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing announced today that it will hold an event, called the GR YARIS ONLINE FES, that will display virtual images of the GR Yaris to fans, starting at 7:30 p.m. on September 16 (available only in Japanese). This event will communicate the ideas incorporated in the development of the GR Yaris and its development story, together with information about the GR FACTORY. Additionally, President Akio Toyoda, in his Morizo master driver persona, will drive the GR Yaris and offer the opportunity for a VR1 drive-along.

RZ “High performance” (with options)

The all-new GR Yaris was born as a vehicle that anyone can drive the way they want with peace of mind on any road in the world. The reason for this is that it incorporates lessons learned from the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing World Rally Team (WRT), including how to make cars that are competitive in the WRC, as well as learnings gleaned from evaluations given by non-Toyota professional drivers from the early stages of development.

Based on the desire of master driver Morizo to “restore the Toyota sports cars,” the new GR Yaris was created as the first Toyota vehicle developed with the reversed concept of turning a motorsports car into a production car.

The main features of the new GR Yaris are as follows:

  • Vehicle packaging with attention paid to aerodynamics, light weight, and high rigidity
  • The high power of a newly-developed 1.6-liter in-line three-cylinder intercooler turbo engine combined with the “GR-FOUR,” a newly-developed sports 4WD system, to convey power to all four wheels
  • Created from three distinctive models: the base “RZ,” the fun to drive “RS” (1.5-liter FF), and the competition based “RC.”

In addition, the GR FACTORY, an exclusive production line, has been created at the Motomachi Plant, where each sports model has been produced, to build into cars the performance sought through development by takumi (master craftsmanship) team members.

  1. 1 Virtual Reality. A smartphone and basic VR goggles are needed to enjoy this VR experience (2D images will be streamed to enable viewing even without VR goggles).

Sales Outline

Target sales volume: 1,100 units/month
GR YARIS ONLINE FES, a virtual launch commemoration event (available only in Japanese)
Date and time:
September 16, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. (scheduled)
TGR official YouTube channel
Part 1—An event for fans (7:30 – 8:05 p.m.)
Part 2—A GR Yaris online Q&A session (8:15 – 9:00 p.m.)

Image of a VR Test Drive Experience

Event details will be released on the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing website at a later time.
URL: (available only in Japanese)
Dealer announcement events: September 26 (Sat.) and 27 (Sun.)
KINTO ONE2 beloved car subscription service
A special GR Yaris will be made available to KINTO, and will be added to the lineup.
See the website below for details about KINTO ONE:
  1. 2 A service that packages optional insurance, periodic maintenance, automobile taxes, repair expenses, registration expenses and taxes, mandatory inspection fees (in cases of the five- and seven-year plans), and other costs for a fixed monthly fee.

Production Plant

GR FACTORY at the Motomachi Plant

See the website below for details on the GR FACTORY:

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices
Price range: 2,650,000 yen to 4,560,000 yen

Grade Engine Transmission Drive Price*
(Japanese yen)
(1.5-liter in-line three-cylinder)
FF 2,650,000
1.6-liter in-line three-cylinder
intercooler turbo
6-speed manual transmission (iMT) 4WD
“GR-FOUR” sports 4WD system
RZ 3,960,000
“High performance” 4,560,000
  1. ◎ Vehicle in photo (excluding options)
  1. Direct Shift-CVT: Direct Shift-Continuously Variable Transmission
  2. * Includes consumption tax. Different pricing applies for Hokkaido and Okinawa. Does not include recycling fees.

Vehicle Outline

RZ: A high-output model that offers outstanding driving stability, exceptional acceleration, and the pleasing feel of a revving engine. The RZ “High performance” with even higher marginal performance is also available.
  • Newly-developed compact, lightweight, and high-power G16E-GTS 1.6-liter in-line three-cylinder inter-cooler turbo engine
    An air-cooled inter-cooler with a cooling-spray function is the standard on the RZ “High performance”
  • Newly-developed “GR-FOUR” sports 4WD system with a variable front and rear driving force system using a multi-plate clutch
    Torsen®3 LSD front and rear differentials are standard on the RZ “High performance”
  • Have adopted an “iMT”4 six-speed manual transmission.
  • Equipped with BBS forged aluminum wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S radial tires (standard on the RZ “High performance”)

See the website below for details on the RZ:

RZ “High performance” (black interior) (vehicle with options)

Electronically-controlled multi-plate clutch

Electronically-controlled multi-plate clutch


Torsen® LSD

BBS forged aluminum wheels

BBS forged aluminum wheels

  1. 3 Torsen is a registered trademark of JTEKT Corporation.
  2. 4 iMT: intelligent Manual Transmission
RS: A model that enables anyone to casually enjoy driving the GR Yaris.
  • M15A-FKS 1.5-liter in-line three-cylinder Dynamic Force Engine based on the TNGA approach
  • Direct Shift-CVT with an additional gear for starting up and powerful and responsive performance from low to high speeds
    Equipped with a 10-speed sequential shiftmatic paddle shifter that provides the feel of a manual.
  • Provides low fuel consumption of 18.2 km/l5 in WLTC mode as well as the pleasure of using the power not just during sports driving, but at all speeds in everyday activities, and in enjoying controlling the vehicle exactly as intended.

See the website below for details on the RS:

RS (with options)

M15A-FKS 1.5-liter Dynamic Force engine

M15A-FKS 1.5-liter Dynamic Force engine

Direct Shift-CVT

Direct Shift-CVT

  1. 5 Figures from MLIT testing. WLTC mode is an international driving mode comprising an allocation of average use times in urban, rural, and motorway driving modes.
RC: A model ideal for customization as a base model for competing in motorsports or other applications.
  • Based on the RZ with all equipment not needed for driving eliminated. Maintains basic performance with the G16E-GTS 1.6-liter in-line three-cylinder inter-cooler turbo engine and “GR-FOUR” sports 4WD system
  • 16-inch ventilated disc brakes adopted in consideration of installation of small-diameter tires for rally use

See the website below for details on the RC:

RC (with options)

Front suspension

Front suspension

16-inch ventilated disc brakes

16-inch ventilated disc brakes


In conjunction with the launch, “GR PARTS” for customization that maximizes the appeal of the GR Yaris has also been created and launched. The extensive lineup of parts supports the pleasure of driving by those who participate in races with the GR Yaris and those who enjoy driving in everyday activities. The GR Parts (all grades except the RS; sales limited to the GR Garage) were specially created with outside professional drivers in accordance with racing specifications. Technology for winning races has been unsparingly incorporated.

See the website below for details on GR PARTS:

GR front spoilers and GR carbon number plate frame

GR front spoilers6 and GR carbon number plate frame6

GR mechanical LSD

GR mechanical LSD7

  1. 6 Products handled by Toyota Customizing & Development Co., Ltd.
    News release:
  2. 7 Toyota genuine parts (sales limited to the GR Garage)

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