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 when cruising on slippery surfaces, it’s also quite useful in a straight line. This simple video features a drag race between them.
The video shows this WRX from the South African market producing 275 horsepower (205 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (350 Newton-meters) of torque. Although the automaker’s site for that model showing 271 hp (202 kW), like the US version.
This one has a CVT available with an eight-speed manual mode. Buyers can also get a six-speed manual.
Subaru recently announced the price of the 2023 WRX in the US. The base fee is $31,625 after the $1,020 destination fee. Premium Class starts at $34,125, and Limited raises the figure to $38,515. The top-of-the-range GT sells for $44,415.
The GR Yaris is a proper hot hatch. It’s got a 1.6-liter turbocharged three-cylinder to make up for it 266 hp (198 kW) and 266 lb-ft (360 Nm) in South Africa. In Europe, it produced 257 hp (192 kW). The only gearbox currently available is a six-speed manual. Toyota has an eight-speed automatic for the model under development.
While there’s no sign of the GR Yaris coming to the US, the GR Corolla is available in the US. The 1.6-liter engine develops 300 hp (224 kW) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. The Morizo Edition pushed up to 295 lb-ft (400 Nm).
When the race started, the two vehicles were initially neck and neck. You can see the Toyota driver shifting gears, and immediately start accelerating forward. After that, Subaru couldn’t keep up.
The GR Yaris covered the quarter mile in 13.5 seconds. Subaru WRX is slightly behind by recording a time of 14.1 seconds.
For more discussion of the new WRX, check out this episode of Rambling About Cars: