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2022 Toyota GR Yaris Rallye 8

Auto for red hot Yaris

Riley Riley

Toyota has unveiled an upgraded version of its rally-bred GR Yaris hot hatch which is available for the first time with an auto.

Previously available only with a manual, the eight-speed DirectShift automatic transmission is sure to broaden the appeal of the little hottie.

TGR World Rally Team drivers put the new automatic transmission to the test on a range of road surfaces, including in the Japanese Rally Championship and Toyota GAZOO Racing Rally Challenge under the ethos of “breaking and fixing” to help make the new transmission as durable and reliable as possible.

The new transmission’s control software has been optimised for dynamic driving, delicately sensing the driver’s operation of the accelerator and brakes to anticipate gear shifts before vehicle behaviour changes, providing incredibly fast and intuitive shifting.

The eight-speed automatic has been constructed using highly heat-resistant friction material in the clutch, with close ratios that make the most of the engine’s power band.

Complementing the introduction of the automatic is an increase in maximum engine outputs for the 1.6-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine, regardless of transmission choice.

Power has been increased from 200kW to a peak 224kW at 6500 rpm while torque has been boosted by 30Nm to 400Nm from 3250-4600 rpm.

Power continues to be deployed to all four wheels with selectable torque distribution and a new drive mode select system that adjusts the electronic power steering, air conditioning and powertrain settings in accordance with user preferences.

Visual upgrades inside and out include tilting the dashboard and multimedia screen towards the driver by 15 degrees to aid operability.

Safety and convenience has also been increased with additional active safety features and Toyota Connected Services added for greater occupant protection.

Production of Australian models is expected to start later this year.


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