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2021 Toyota Yaris GR Rallye pricing and specs detailed: Big cost for baby hot hatch as Subaru WRX rival gets extra sporty

The GR Yaris Rallye takes the ‘regular’ GR Yaris to the next level.

Toyota Australia has confirmed how much buyers will have to pay for the sportiest version of its new GR Yaris baby hot hatch, the Rallye, which is due in March.

The first 200 examples of the Subaru WRX-rivalling Rallye will be priced from $56,200 driveaway, with units sold thereafter moving to its RRP of $54,500 plus on-road costs.

The ‘regular’ GR Yaris also had an introductory offer. In fact, it had two of them, with its first 1000 examples priced from $39,950 driveaway, while the next 100 units were $44,950 driveaway. With all of those now sold, it’s moved to its RRP of $49,500 plus on-road costs.

"Just as we did with GR Yaris, we want to excite as many fans as possible by ensuring this special-edition Rallye model is genuinely attainable,” Toyota Australia vice-president of sales and marketing Sean Hanley said.

"We want to continue to ignite the performance-car market, broaden the awareness and appeal of our GR brand, and support our customers – many of whom are new to Toyota.”

The Rallye adds circuit-tuned suspension and front and rear Torsen limited-slip differentials. The Rallye adds circuit-tuned suspension and front and rear Torsen limited-slip differentials.

So, for the extra $5000 (RRP) over the regular GR Yaris, what does the Rallye bring to the party? Well, it adds circuit-tuned suspension, front and rear Torsen limited-slip differentials, 18-inch BBS alloy wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres and red brake callipers.

Standard equipment already found in the regular GR Yaris a performance braking package consisting of 356mm front and 297mm rear ventilated discs with four- and two-piston callipers respectively.

Inside, keyless entry and start, a 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, an eight-speaker JBL sound system, a 4.2-inch multifunction display, a head-up display, dual-zone climate control, sports seats, suede upholstery with leather accents, and aluminium pedals feature.

Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking with intersection assist, lane-keep and steering assist (including emergency), blind-spot monitoring, high-speed adaptive cruise control, road sign recognition, high-beam assist and a reversing camera.

Like the regular GR Yaris, the Rallye is motivated by a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol three-cylinder engine that punches out 200kW of power and 370Nm of torque.

A six-speed manual (with rev-matching functionality) is the only transmission option for both GR Yaris variants, which feature a rally-inspired permanent GR-Four all-wheel-drive system.

Weighing in at 1280kg without a driver onboard, the either GR Yaris sprints from a standstill to 100km/h in just 5.2 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 230km/h.

Of note, Toyota Australia has originally intending to sell the Rallye as a limited edition of about 250 examples, but now there’s seemingly no hard limit to how many units it can sell.