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One of the highlights of this unusual year has been the batch of great cars that have surfaced, the talk of this year has mainly been around the WRC homologated Toyota Yaris GR, based on the rally car and sharing very little with the standard Yaris model...
I had a few hours with Motorline Toyota's GR demo, fitted wit the circuit pack which has over the standard model 18" BBS forged 10 spoke alloy wheels, 4WD with front and rear torsion slip diffs and tuned suspension it is focused as a drivers car. It os also distinguished with the red GR front and rear brake callipers, and in pure white the carbon roof and black accents are set off nicely.

This little hot hatch develops 257 BHP and has traction in bucket loads due to the four wheel drive system, no torque steer here which is usually the down side of front wheel drive hatchbacks with 200+ BHP under the bonnet. As I had the car for a short time I stayed local, using some of the back roads around Herne and Canterbury gave me an idea of how good this car is, on damp roads the grip was sensational and the steering and manual box are superb, not surprising when you learn that WRC legend Tommi Makinen helped develop this unique car.

After driving the car I stopped off at Read's Restaurant, the Georgian building and its greenery set the white of the GR off nicely, their ares one nice details to photograph including the alcantara seats, carbon roof, GR badges and those gorgeous 10 spoke forged BBS wheels.

I have owned and driven a lot of hot hatches, and for me this car is the best of the bunch its performance, handling, looks make it the only car you'd ever need. Although this has the circuit pack, in normal driving mode its still comfy, has room in the back for two people and a decent sized boot, plus all the usual creature comforts, bluetooth, DAB, electric mirrors etc. Delivery dates as I write this are now August 2021, Toyota are offering 0% free credit so drop the team at Motorline Toyota line now about the car of 2020.

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