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132-hp hot hatch derived from TS Concept

Toyota of Europe has announced that its lineup for the 2006 Paris Motor Show will include the production version of the Yaris TS concept that debuted at the last Genever Motor Show. The production version will be equipped with a new 1.8-liter dual VVT-I engine that produces 132 horsepower and propels the tiny Yaris to a top speed of 120 mph. The Yaris TS will also receive an updated suspension to sharpen its moves and additional styling elements that further separate it from the crowd. We'll be seeing the debut in Paris at the end of the month and European consumers will get to buy a Yaris TS at the beginning of 2007. U.S. consumers, meanwhile, are left wondering for now.

[Source: Toyota]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I'll tell you what, when someone hits me in their large vehicle with a large wasteful engine, I'd rather be in a car that's not going to bounce off it like a ping pong ball. Simple physics.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You guys are too wound up. I was just having fun with the initials "TS." No hostility intended. But since you wanna be asses, go to hell.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I'm confused about the engine- the regular VVT-I 1ZZFE makes 140 HP with 1.8L, why would the dual VVT-I version make less power?"

      Not sure where you're writing in from, but here in the US, the 1.8L only made 140hp in the Celica and MR-S. The version in the Corolla and Matrix was rated at 130 for a few years; it's rated at 126.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I haven't bought into the appeal of the new crop of small cars. They're underpowered, but don't get significantly better fuel economy than a Civic or Corolla, and don't cost that much less, either.

      This is odd, as I've traditionally had a soft spot for very small cars. The original CRX Si was a hoot. I also enjoyed driving an early 1980s Civic at a delivery job, even though it's 0-60 was about 14 seconds.

      Part of the problem is that the latest small cars aren't all that light or very responsive. A little extra power and a tighter suspension could help a lot. I hope this Yaris is offered here.

      Link to my review of the current review on this page:
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the styling of the Yaris. It takes the "badge-above-the-grille" styling of the Camry and turns it from unconditionally ugly to sharp and attractive. It works on this car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "The funniest thing I saw was, 'capable of 120 miles per hour.' If you want to go that fast, you aren't concerned about fuel economy. If you are concerned about fuel economy you won't be doing 120."

      Oh yeah? I used to drive a 1.0L Yaris to work every day for a year doing 100 mph on every trip and still got 35mpg. Twice as much as your avg SUV at 55 mph.

      Speed is good. Weight and large engines are wasteful.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The funniest thing I saw was, "capable of 120 miles per hour." If you want to go that fast, you aren't concerned about fuel economy. If you are concerned about fuel economy you won't be doing 120.
      • 8 Years Ago
      52mpg, HAH that's a good one.

      Maybe coming downhill from the mountains, with the cool air, a nice tail wind, and staying off the throttle to boot.

      Or does the Yaris come with a few hits of LSD in the glove box?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Haha djSyndrome maybe you're onto something "Yari" means "spear" in Japanese. They should name this hot hatch version "yari"

      Oh, and Buck, I like the Yaris, I don't let my car define my masculinity, if you want to give me a hard time about the fact I like mid-small cars I won't be offended, I'll just kick your ass.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Synbiosis: The 1zz produces 130 before the new SAE standards brought it down to 126 for the 05/06 models of the Corolla and Matrix. These are just numbers. So, in the dual VVTi it would be producing around 140 with current SAE standards notwithstanding.

      Still, with the dual VVTi, it's not good enough to replace the 2zz. Where is your head at Toyota?!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ok I've got one of these 3 door Yaris and I'm loving the 52 MPG goodness, the space, etc, while still living a healthy heterosexual life... The only MAJOR flaw on this car is the little window right next to the mirrors. It was broken twice by "visitors" in a month.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The best thing about Toyota is that you will always get a good return for your investment, they are reliable, good cars, that offer good MPG. So if your the kind of person who is looking for a car that won't abuse your wallet, you couldn't do much better than one of these. So even for all the negative qualities there are many positives.
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