The sensational Toyota GR Yaris is many things, but it is in no way a serious competitor to BMW’s all-out, enthusiast-first M2 CS. However, that did not stop a GR Yaris driver from holding their own against the slightly slower M2 Competition at the Nurburgring last month. Naturally, one great video makes the two enthusiast-focused cars rivals even if they are not competitors, and a track test is in order.
To find out how the two compare, Mat Watson took the full-fledged M2 CS, which packs 39 horsepower more than the standard M2 Competition, and the GR Yaris to a track for a few timed laps. Unsurprisingly, the M2 CS is faster, putting down a baseline lap of 1:12.2. It is a small, performance-focused car with nearly 450 hp to its name, and it is expected to perform well on any track.
Far more surprising is how close he comes in the Yaris. In one lap, the three-cylinder GR Yaris put down a 1:14.1, less than two seconds behind the far more powerful and far more expensive six-cylinder BMW. For comparison, the Yaris beat out a seemingly natural competitor, the Ford Fiesta ST, by over three seconds in the same test. For the full story and video, check out this article from Road & Track.