Stay at home, don’t meet up with other households...right now you can’t even pop down to your local SLM Toyota dealer to take a test drive. All we can do is stare forlornly through the living room window at the car in the driveway and cast our minds back to the last time we got behind the wheel for more than a short distance.
Launching a pure performance hatchback in late 2020 as the country headed for lockdown 2 was never going to be smooth driving – but sales of the Toyota GR Yaris are accelerating faster than its own exhilarating 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds.
Developed at the renowned Motomachi factory in collaboration with Toyota Gazoo Racing after their 2018 World Rally Championship title win, the new inline 3-cylinder 1.6 turbo engine and unique, aerodynamic body design is proving a thrilling choice; here at SLM Toyota we’ve already clocked up 44 orders.
Perhaps it’s because of the GR Yaris’ dynamic performance, precision handling and distinctive appearance - it wouldn’t look out of place hurtling down the gravel tracks of a Finnish forest - or simply the fact that it’s fun to drive, but hot hatch fans have been gripped by the prospect of experiencing that sports car feeling, every day.
It’s also impressed the reviewers:
‘The very idea of this car promises big. It is a compact, supermini-sized package with an engine and drivetrain that lift it way out of the hot supermini niche.’ AUTOCAR
‘You’ll struggle not to drive everywhere with a massive grin on your face. It’s also effortless everyday transport, and deeply cool if you know what you’re looking at.’ EVO
For more information, we’re available to talk by phone, message or video chat and to take your booking for a test drive once restrictions have been lifted.
Once we’re out of lockdown 3, the Toyota GR Yaris mustn’t be kept hidden away.