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Toyota is trying the discount trick again with GR Yaris Rallye

By Tim Robson, 26 Nov 2020 Car News

How much will the top-spec Toyota GR Yaris Rallye cost?

Toyota will adopt the same ‘first in best dressed’ plan for full-fat GR Yaris Rallye ahead of a March 2020 rollout

Flush from the success of selling out its first batch of 1200 GR Yaris hot hatches, Toyota will bring in its faster, more talented sibling under the same discount plan.

The GR Yaris Rallye will add high-performance limited-slip diffs front and rear, lighter rims and stickier tyres, with the first 200 units priced at $56,200 driveway.

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This is around $6000 more expensive than the current $49,950 MSRP of the sold-out Yaris GR before on-road costs – or around $16,000 more than the first 1000 units which were sold at $10,000 under the current retail price.

Arriving in March next year, there will be one colour choice – white – and no other options.

“Once that initial allocation is spoken for, the price of the Rallye will move to its recommended retail price position of $54,900 plus on-road costs,” said Toyota Australia’s Sean Hanley.

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The Rallye scores a set of 18-inch BBS alloy rims and Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres, along with mechanical diffs front and rear.

Toyota Australia was initially not planning to add the Rallye to the local mix in any form, but changed its mind after much outcry from local fans.

Interestingly, Toyota was not as forthcoming as rival brands when it comes to extending its warranty coverage to track usage.

Hyundai, for example, offers no-compromise coverage on its high-performance i30 N hot hatch even if it’s used on a racing circuit.

Hanley was more circumspect about warranty issues on the GR Yaris arising from on-track use.

“We will assess each of the situations on a case-by-case basis on warranty,” he told reporters, “but our desire is that we wouldn’t leave our customers stranded, particularly as we approach the Rallye version, which is typically a track car.”

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