Given these circumstances, are you surprised the M4 Competition is faster than a bone-stock Toyota GR Yaris over the quarter-mile? The following video starts with the Japanese interloper launching off the start line very well, but clearly enough, the BMW has the last laugh over the finish line.
In addition to more displacement, double the number of cylinders, and one more turbocharger, the M4 Competition also happens to feature a much quicker transmission. The 8HP supplied by ZF Friedrichshafen is the culprit, and with the German automaker’s proprietary launch control, it’s far superior to the hatchback’s more driver-focused manual transmission.
With rear-wheel drive, the G82 is capable of hitting 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) in 3.9 seconds, while the optional M xDrive system cuts four-tenths off that estimate. Fitted with much narrower tires, namely 225/40 R18s compared to 275/40 R18s and 285/35 R19s, the three-cylinder turbo Toyota GR Yaris in Euro-spec trim needs 5.5 seconds for the same feat.
Even though it’s been soundly beaten, the ‘Yota is a handling-focused machine with plenty of WRC-infused goodies. The GR-FOUR AWD system, for example, is designed to offer a slight performance advantage over twin-coupling AWD or permanent all-wheel drive with a center differential.
Over in South Africa, where this drag race takes place, the GR Yaris can be yours from 615,700 rand or $39,230 at current exchange rates. The M4 Competition, on the other hand, retails from 1,940,000 rand ($123,630).