• Sep 28th 2006 at 7:15PM
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Autoblog's Eric Bryant covered the world premiere of Toyota's new flagship Yaris model, the TS. The big news is the TS's new 1.8-liter engine with Toyota's Dual VVT-i, putting out a respectable 130 hp through a five-speed manual gearbox - good for 0-62 mph in 9.3 seconds. The extra power comes along with a sport-tuned suspension, quicker steering and an exclusive body kit.

Three- and five-door TS models will hit U.K. showrooms in early 2007. Check out more live shots and the full press kit after the jump.



World premiere for sporting new TS model


* Yaris TS powered by new 130bhp 1.8-litre petrol engine with Dual VVT-i
* 0-62mph in 9.3 seconds, 120mph top speed
* Sports tuned steering and suspension
* Exclusive sports body styling
* Three and five-door versions to be offered, from early 2007

Toyota will unveil a new flagship for the Yaris range at the Paris Motor Show, the Yaris TS.

With an emphasis on sporting performance and style, the TS will add an extra dimension to the appeal of the latest generation Yaris, which was only launched at the beginning of this year.


Key to the TS's character is an all-new 1.8-litre petrol engine with Dual VVT-i (dual variable valve timing), producing 130bhp (132 DIN hp) at 6,000rpm and maximum torque of 173Nm at 4,400rpm. Working with a five-speed manual gearbox, it gives nought to 62mph acceleration in 9.3 seconds and a top speed of 120mph (194km/h).

The Dual VVT-i is an evolution of Toyota's intelligent valve timing technology. By varying the timing on both the inlet and exhaust valves, it gives greater engine flexibility, more power and torque and improved fuel efficiency. The TS has a combined cycle consumption figure of 37.7mpg and carbon dioxide emissions of 178g/km.


The strong Yaris platform has been further adapted to give the TS handling to match its increased power and performance. Modifications to the suspension and steering increase driving pleasure, without compromising refinement.

To improve body and suspension rigidity, the front suspension members have been reinforced and a linking rod has been introduced between the rear members. Lowering the suspension by 8mm gives the TS a more sporting appearance and retuning the springs and shock absorbers increases stability at speed. Adjustments to the front springs and the use of a thicker anti-roll bar reduce body roll and improve high speed cornering performance.

The electric power steering has also been sharpened to a 13.2:1 ratio, giving lock-to-lock in 2.3 turns, compared with14.2:1 and 3.0 turns for the standard Yaris.


The TS benefits from a number of exclusive styling features that mark out its sporting character. At the front it has a black mesh grille with a clear TS badge, darkened headlamp surrounds and a deeper bumper with integrated fog lights.

The rear bumper has also been redesigned, with an integrated chrome-finished sports exhaust tailpipe and fog lights. The rear lamp clusters adopt an LED-style design.

Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard and the body gains deep side skirts and a roof spoiler. The choice of paint finishes will include a shade exclusive to the TS, Alsace Granite. Inside, the car is fitted with sports seats, with alloy trim detailing, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and exclusive amber backlighting for the main controls.

Following its Paris premiere on 28 September, the new TS is scheduled to reach UK showrooms in February 2007, available in both three and five-door versions.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      #13 sp... you moron.. 5 star crash rating... what a laugh.. crash with what? some old ex tyotie driver in a wheel chair?
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's always funny to see the autobloggers complaining about horsepower in a car they wouldn't be caught dead in, which is designed for commuters that don't care so much about racing minivans between red lights. More horsepower = less mpg. This car happens to be one of those that's less hp = more mpg.
      • 9 Years Ago
      if they can fit the 1.8 in there why is it only 130hp?
      • 9 Years Ago
      "2. Didn't toyota once have a 1.8L engine from the Celica that made 180hp? What's with the 130hp here?

      Posted at 7:32PM on Sep 28th 2006 by MattB"

      "3. if they can fit the 1.8 in there why is it only 130hp?

      Posted at 7:32PM on Sep 28th 2006 by doglet"

      This Yaris has the 1ZZ-FE. You are both refering to the 2ZZ-GE, designed by Yamaha (yes, Yamaha, not Toyota.). Reason for the 2ZZ-GE not being under the hood of the Yaris TS: costs. The engine costs more to manufacture, and Euro taxes are related to engine size and emissions.

      1ZZ-FE: economy, cheap.

      2ZZ-GE: performance, expensive.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow a cooper killer (with some easy TRD tweaks to the 1.8), I want one in in the US. But change the TS to SS. Also I want steel rims with hubcaps so the cops don't catch on. I want a YarisSS!
      • 9 Years Ago
      This car is so small, I wonder how it and the passengers would fare in a serious accident with the much bigger cars and trucks on U.S. roads?
      • 9 Years Ago
      "This Yaris has the 1ZZ-FE. You are both refering to the 2ZZ-GE, designed by Yamaha (yes, Yamaha, not Toyota.). Reason for the 2ZZ-GE not being under the hood of the Yaris TS: costs. The engine costs more to manufacture, and Euro taxes are related to engine size and emissions.

      1ZZ-FE: economy, cheap.

      2ZZ-GE: performance, expensive."

      if GM put the cheap engine in its hot hatch they would get called out but if toyota does it its sensable and perfectly justified.
      • 9 Years Ago
      How ironic; Just last week I had to get my camry serviced and had to rent a car. So, I rented a yaris from the dealer. I thought, 'yaris'...small, cheap...oh well. What a surprise when I sat in it and drove it. I'm 6'1" and had plenty of head room left. Seats were very comfortable. Back seats were somewhat small, but adequate for most people. Center console didn't bother me a bit. Driving characteristics were good, engine is a little noisy on freeway, but completely silent in idle. Since it only has a little over 100 hp, it's acceleration is a little weak. I said to myself, "I'd definitely buy one of these if it only had 20-30 more horsepower, and was a little more sporty". Well, looking at this yaris TS all those issues would be solved. So, is it that this TS in only going to be sold in the UK (not US)...? Gas milage of the yaris is great. Toyota quality/reliability excellent. Don't knock the yaris until you test drive it. I hope to see something like this in the US; though the upcoming corolla redesign may provide a slightly more substantial car.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I really think the exterior is a pretty cool looking hatchback in it's own way. But does anyone else think that dashboard is is horrible looking?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Reminded me instantly of a Honda Fit too. I think I'd personally prefer the Fit, but I would imagine this would appeal to alot of people looking for a car of that type (what do you even call these things?)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Aren't those the Lexus ES330 rims from 2005-2006? The answer is yes. This is yet another showing of how a car company cuts a corner thinking the average Joe aint going to notice. So, I shall conclude this Yaris is built for a average non-car enthusiast buyer who wouldn't know better.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #12 Those aren't Lexus rims because the Yaris has only 4 lugs versus 5 on the Lex.

      And for all the comments about "small cars and accidents", if you are a good defensive driver your odds of being in an accident are quite low no matter what you drive. If you are scared, you have no business driving a car!
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