The GR Yaris can count the 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe and the 2016 Honda Civic Type R among its contemporaries with the Toyota’s 8 minute, 14.93-second lap time. It’s far from the track’s fastest laps, which can see times fall well below the six-minute mark. The hatch kisses its electronically limited top speed of 230 kilometres per hour (143 miles per hour) on the track, too.
Gallery: 2020 Toyota GR Yaris
The GR Yaris is quite a crazy machine once you dig past the familiar name. The car features a Frankenstein chassis of several different Toyota platforms, all-wheel drive, and a potent turbocharged three-cylinder engine. The 1.6-litre engine produces a stout 257 bhp (192 kilowatts) and 265 pound-feet (360 Newton-metres) of torque that’s sent to a six-speed manual gearbox. The car uses lightweight materials like forged carbon fibre and aluminium, with the hatch weighing in at 1,280 kilograms (2,822 pounds).
Regardless if you put stock in Nurburgring lap times, the iconic race track is a proving ground for automakers and enthusiasts alike. The circuit is a set standard capable of measuring one thing really well – how fast cars are around the Nurburgring. It provides a level playing field that puts cars through an arduous test of physics. The Toyota GR Yaris isn’t close to being the track’s fastest, but that doesn’t make its lap time any less impressive for the compact hot-hatch.