The Toyota GR Yaris and Honda Civic Type R are easily two of the feistiest hot hatches currently out in the open. They both look mean, handle superbly, and put out figures that easily dwarf those of their non-performance-oriented counterparts.
That said, the Type R is considerably larger and its 2.0-liter VTEC turbo puts out a much more robust 306hp and 400Nm of torque compared to the 268hp and 370Nm Toyota’s 1.6-liter turbo produces. Tuning specialist DTE Systems, though, is trying to make things a little more interesting on the power front.
Tuned for performance
The company recently revealed that it has tuned a GR Yaris to churn out up to 306hp and 398Nm—that’s a neat 38hp and 28Nm gain over the ‘regular’ version of the hot hatch, and just about toe-to-toe with what its fellow Japanese rival produces. All this comes courtesy of DTE Systems’ new PowerControl unit.
DTE Systems isn’t the only outfit that’s been busy playing around with Toyota’s eager little hatch, either. Not long ago, Litchfield unleashed a souped-up GR Yaris of its own capable of an equally impressive 300hp. Has to make you wonder what a more powerful GR Yaris feels like, considering the stock one can lap the Nurburgring in just 7min 56sec.
So, the Europeans are already going nuts with Toyota’s newest plaything, and here we are in the Philippines still sitting on the edge of our seats with our fingers crossed. But hey, the GR Yaris is making its way to Thailand, so that’s a good sign for our market, right?