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If You Have $60,000 to Spare, You Should Buy This Toyota GR Yaris

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Car enthusiasts in North America lost their minds when Toyota introduced the GR Yaris in 2020. It was Hot hatch in person: 268 hp turbo engine, four-wheel drive, lightweight hatchback body. Unfortunately, this was not for us, as it was originally a homologation special model for Europe only. Fortunately, Toyota gave us the GR-Corolla. Even though the GR Yaris never came to the U.S., now is your chance to actually own one if you have enough money.

2022 Toyota GR Yaris Hybrid

Picture: Built for back roads

Built for back roads has currently offered a unique 2022 GR Yaris Circuit Edition for sale. This is not just any GR Yaris either. This was originally a SEMA setup for the 2022 show, designed by Evasive Motorsports. The exterior paintwork comes from a legendary automotive designer and comic artist – he has a lot to do with Direct current And Wonder— Jon Sibal. Evasive then fitted Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires wrapped around Titan 7 TS5 rims. Coilover suspension from Tein completed what Evasive described as “simple but aggressive.” Aside from these modifications and an engine cover personally signed by Akio Toyoda, the Yaris is stock.

The backstory of the GR Yaris is actually more interesting than the fact that the car was a SEMA model. detailed on Pit +Paddock, owner Todd Lewis — who offers the Yairs on Built For Backroads — was following Toyota Mexico’s community page when he heard 300 would be sent to the country. When he heard one was available, he got everything ready to buy it until he saw it was only available to someone who lived in Mexico.

From there, he gave $5,000 to someone he only referred to as “the accountant” to put down a down payment on the Yaris. Once number 284 of 300 was his, all he had to do was hire various transport drivers to make the dangerous journey from Mexico to the border in San Diego, from where it was just a short drive to his garage. This honestly all sounds like a cool heist movie and I bet it was worth it.

The GR Yaris is currently on offer for $60,000. While that’s a lot, it’s not a bad price for something you might not see on this continent for a couple of decades. Think again before you think you can drive it around and show it off: I’m told the car is not street legal and is sold with a bill of sale that states it is for track use only. If you’re interested, you might want to double-check your state’s laws. Some states only allow vehicles with bill of sale for track use on a temporary basis, and even then only for vehicles that have been specifically outfitted for racing.

2022 Toyota GR Yaris Hybrid

Picture: Built for back roads

2022 Toyota GR Yaris Hybrid

Picture: Built for back roads

2022 Toyota GR Yaris Hybrid

Picture: Built for back roads

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