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Um, it’s a 26 grand Toyota Yaris… It’s also a completely sold out 26 grand Toyota Yaris, making any qualms you have about its price kind of null and void. It’s also a car whose ethos needs celebrating. Toyota was among a number of carmakers seemingly dropping performance cars a decade ago, as an economy crisis (and increasingly stringent emissions rules) put lots of manufacturers off making fast stuff entirely. The Yaris GRMN is a car that would never have made sense back then, but an increasingly strident hot hatchback market seems the perfect time for it to launch an exciting new performance onslaught from Toyota, from a sub-brand called Gazoo Racing. It’s been prevalent in Japan for a while, but now it’s going global. Is the Yaris not an odd car to begin with? While Toyota cites links to the Yaris that competes in the World Rally Championship, it does seem an odd car to begin with when there’s a new Supra around the corner willing to wear Gazoo badges. There have been mildly heated up Yarises in the past, but none hot enough to even slightly chip away the car’s sensible, OAP-friendly image. One small blip of the GRMN’s throttle immediately takes a whole chunk out of it.