Toyota wants to sell you its new 209bhp Yaris GRMN hot hatch for a tempting £299 a month – far from a king’s ransom for what could be one of the most covetable and collectable hot hatches of recent times. The 42-month PCP deal boasts a reasonable 4.9 percent APR rate too, although you do have to find a £4,959 deposit, with no contributing allowance from Toyota to help out.
The firm doesn’t have to run such a reasonable-sounding finance offer: it’s only bringing a mere 100 Yaris GRMN into the UK in total, and if it’s as good to drive as Toyota’s promising it is, they’ll surely sell out with ease. That it is running the special deal is thus all the more reason for early adopters to do just that and get in early.
Indeed, although online reservations for the hot new Mini Cooper JCW-rivalling Yaris close on 31 October, those who sign up before 27 September get an extra incentive – the chance to attend a special Yaris GRMN driving day at Silverstone. All you need to do is wire over a £1,000 reservation fee to Toyota.
The Access Toyota PCP finance offer’s £299 monthly fee neatly helps take attention away from the car’s heady £26,295 list price, but as it’s a car that boasts a 1.8-litre supercharged engine capable of 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds, one tamed by a Torsen limited-slip differential, some will feel this isn’t exorbitant.
Toyota’s also given the suspension a full works makeover, with a 24mm cut in ride height, Sachs dampers and 26mm diameter anti-roll bar, while 275mm grooved front discs hide behind 17-inch BBS lightweight alloys. They’re even bigger on the rear: 278mm anchors help stop the fiery little Yaris.
The first Toyota to wear the hot new GRMN brand (if you’re wondering, it stands for ‘Gazoo Racing tuned by Meisters of Nürburgring'), deliveries of the punchy performance Yaris begin from March 2018. And although a UK allocation sounds meagre, it's still fully 25 percent of total European production. This is going to be a very rare car indeed. Will it be a riotous one though? We'll find out next year...