Hello! Now, that’s a revolution! This revolution has been instigated by the current President of Toyota Motor Corporation, Mr Akio Toyoda. A man, who on one beautiful day declared in front of astonished Board Members, that from now on there’ll be no more boring cars of Toyota brand. This is one of proofs that Mr Toyoda was not joking. Mr Toyoda is a licensed race driver, a very experienced one. He holds the title of „Takumi” in the field of driving race cars. So, if he himself states, that some car rides really good, then it should be treated seriously. The GR Yaris model 2020 A three-cylinder engine but turbocharged 1.6 liter 261 hp 360 newtonmeters, manual gearbox aaaand no hybrid drive. no electric drive buuuut – a four wheels drive That sounds good. Three cylinders – that sounds mediocre. But the rest… And when we add to that this 4WD is an intelligent drive which can be amended by two Torsen differencial drives. Ex works we have here multiplate visco clutches in the front and rear which play the role of limited slip differencials, of diffs cutting down drive slip. All that together adds up to a car that already in the basic version, with no tuning, can be raced in the so-called local rallies and generally makes a base for the next gen WRC model which for the homologation purposes needs sales of 8000. I do not think this will be a problem, cos already now that the car has only been shown customers started placing orders with the dealers. Well This car has actually not much in common with the Yaris. Apart from the name and the fonts there’s just three elements: lamps, roof antenna and… and ok, that’ll be it. All right – it has the Yaris platform. But it’s the very same platform that Corolla has! And in this case the fact that these two cars have the very same platform means a lot! Because the front suspension, the front track it’s the Yaris The rear the multilink suspension – that’s the Corolla. Corolla, whose track is wider for which for many years kept asking the boss of Toyota Performance Team, Tomi Makinen Now I’m going to invite you into the cabin which in fact makes not much sense, as the cabin is a nightmare Toyota explains it’s pre-production car and thus the poor plastics, but nobody is going to change anything there, for it’s not a car for a wannabe aesthete to delight with plastics. It’s a car that’s to ride performance. Ride performance so much that – which I’ll show you inside in a moment – there are three drive modes to choose from. Which differ by – of course apart from the electronic attitude towards watching the grip of the tyres – they differ by the distribution of drive force between the front and rear axle. There’s the Track mode, which is totally symmetrical, 50:50%. Then there’s the mode Normal, where 60% of the drive force is sent to the front and 40 to the rear, cos the 4WD is generally permanent Aaand there’s the Sport mode, where 70% goes to the rear which is of course rather virtual – but But it works! Let’s go in. It’s rather spartan here. The plastics are awful! No need to say the multimedia are awful… Ever since it’s a Toyota… But the seats are sensationally sporty The steering wheel is fantastic Everything is tremendously well described how to use, how to evoke functions and control them The gauges are beautiful Like… normal, analogue gauges! And above all – flawless ergonomics The fact that right now I’m starting the engine means actually nothing. For the electronics won’t anyway let me even rev it above 1500 revs, cos it’s cold. And when the gear is not engaged – wow, it jumped till 2500! When gear’s not engaged it makes no sense. I’m going to kill it before the smoke detectors start a brawl. I have no idea what the serial spec of this car’s going to be. In fact no one knows anything about it, because this car is coming to the market by the end of this year. But let me tell you… even though it’s just three cylinders even though there’s so much weird stuff in this car I simply can’t wait for the first drives. I hope so do you. Thank you, good bye.