A prototype of what could be Toyota’s hotter GRMN Yaris has been caught on tape in Germany.
Days after the first images appeared, a video has now emerged of what is suspected to be the new (even more) hardcore 2021 Toyota GRMN Yaris.
Sporting an aero package with a large rear wing – reminiscent of its Yaris World Rally Car cousin – as well as vented front guards and more aggressive front spoiler, the prototype was seen testing alongside the recently-unveiled Toyota GR Yaris.
Seeing the GRMN testing at Germany’s famous Nurburgring makes sense, as GRMN is literally short for ‘Gazoo Racing Meister of Nurburgring’.
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At the unveiling of the prototype Toyota GR Yaris in December 2019, Chief engineer of Gazoo Racing, Naohiko Saito, stated he was open to the idea of a GRMN Yaris.
But this isn’t the first GRMN we’ve seen, with the company rolling out a previous-generation GRMN Yaris with a 1.8-litre Corolla engine in mid-2019 – perhaps testing the market’s appetite.
With the upcoming 2021 Toyota GR Yaris producing 200kW/370Nm from its 1.6-litre turbo three-cylinder engine – the most powerful three-cylinder engine ever offered in a production car – it’s likely there will be an emphasis on weight, rather than power, if the GRMN does come to fruition.
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During its run at the Nurburgring, on a day reserved for manufacturer testing, the Yaris shared the track with the upcoming 2021 Volkswagen Golf R and a camouflaged 2021 BMW M4.
The first of the thousand 2021 Toyota GR Yaris models sold in the initial $39,950 drive-away promotion are expected to begin deliveries to customers in November.
Toyota is now offering the model at $44,950 drive-away for the next 100 orders.
Watch the video below and let us know what you think in the comments.
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Video: Suspected Toyota GRMN Yaris on the Nurburgring