There’s no denying the Toyota GR Yaris is one of the purest cars on the market today. Of course, that fact doesn’t necessarily mean the car is fast in all kinds of tests. While absolutely brilliant, the six-speed manual gearbox doesn’t exactly help in off-the-line sprints, for example. In addition, there’s no launch control.
But with a mix of low weight (1,280 kilograms/2,822 pounds), high power (257 bhp), and an all-wheel-drive system, the GR Yaris definitely seems like a proper hot hatch. On paper, it should be capable of hitting 62 miles per hour (100 kilometres per hour) from a standstill in about five seconds. The top speed is electronically capped at 143 mph (230 kph).
But how does it perform in the real world? Carwow was looking to get some answers when Mat Watson got the GR Yaris for a test. In the video above, you can check out his entire review of the pocket rocket but we want to focus on the moment when he tries to reproduce the factory 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) numbers.
In fact, his gadgets are tuned to record the 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) acceleration time. And the numbers, while not completely matching what Toyota says, are good - 5.31 seconds. Yes, we know there are much faster cars but keep in mind this one has a three-cylinder engine, a manual gearbox, and no launch control. Can you name a better small hot hatch?