The Subaru WRX and Toyota GR Yaris are both rally-inspired performance cars with turbocharged engines and all-wheel drive. While this setup is great for providing grip at high speeds around slippery surfaces, it’s also quite useful in a straight line. This simple video showcases a drag race between them.
The video indicates that the South African-market WRX makes 275 horsepower (205 kW) and 258 pound-feet (350 Nm) of torque. Although, The automaker’s website for the model Shows 271 hp (202 kW) like the version in the United States.
It has an available CVT with an eight-speed manual mode. Buyers can also get a six-speed manual.
Subaru recently announced pricing for the 2023 WRX in the US. Base price is $31,625 after a $1,020 destination fee. The Premium grade starts at $34,125, and the Limited takes that figure to $38,515. The range-topping GT goes for $44,415.
The GR Yaris is a decent hot hatch. It has a 1.6-liter turbocharged three-cylinder that makes 266 hp (198 kW) and 266 lb-ft (360 Nm) in South Africa. In Europe, it has 257 hp (192 kW). The only gearbox currently available is a six-speed manual. Toyota has an eight-speed automatic for the production model.
While there’s no sign of the GR Yaris coming to the US, the GR Corolla is available stateside. Its 1.6-liter mill has a tune of 300 hp (224 kW) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. The Maurizio Edition pushes the torque to 295 lb-ft (400 Nm).
When the race begins, the two vehicles are initially neck and neck. You can see the Toyota driver shift gears, and it starts moving right away. After that, Subaru just can’t keep up.
The GR Yaris does the quarter mile in 13.5 seconds. The Subaru WRX is just behind with a time of 14.1 seconds.
For more discussion about the new WRX, check out this episode of Rambling about cars: