A sporty Toyota Yaris could compete with the Ford Fiesta ST

A sporty Toyota Yaris could compete with the Ford Fiesta ST

0 comments 📅09 November 2016, 08:30

Toyota showed its Yaris WRC renewal bring car at this year’s Paris Motor Direct, and as cool as it is, it also shines a light on how quite average the normal model is. According to AutoExpress, Toyota’s European president and CEO, Johan van Zyl, wants to coins that.

Van Zyl told the publication, “It’s no use doing motorsport if you can’t send it in your product.” He also said that he wants something “that wishes reflect our participation in WRC.” Since the Yaris disposition be the company’s WRC car, AutoExpress made the logical conclusion that this could indicate a high-performance Yaris is in the works. The leaflet noted that it would likely play after the next-generation Yaris is released in 2018, and that it could use either a higher output Yaris mongrel powertrain, or a version of the turbocharged 1.5-liter locomotive Gazoo Racing used in the C-HR at the 24 Hours of the Nurburgring.

We would be more than cock-a-hoop to see that 180-horsepower mill call of the hood of the Yaris. Coupled with the ideal car’s curb weight of roughly 2,300 pounds, we consider it would be good bit of fun. And if Toyota really wanted to indulge in making something WRC-inspired, they could add all-wheel compel, which would give them a bragging period against the Fiesta ST.

As much as we like the approximation of a hot Yaris, it could be a tough sell here. Uniform though it would only have the Fiesta ST for contest, WRC racing doesn’t have as large of a fan starting-point here as in Europe, and small hatchbacks aren’t closely as popular as small crossovers. But that could pull out the door open for a fast C-HR to come here. We be inf it fits because the turbo four-cylinder AutoExpress suggested was in a horse-race-prepped C-HR, and the fact it raced at the Nurburgring also would bestow it motorsports cred. Not only that, but it would be a ordinary competitor to the Juke NISMO and upcoming Individual Turbo. It probably wouldn’t be as quick and keen as a Yaris version considering its larger greatness, but we’ll take what we can get.


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