Toyota South Africa recently announced two limited edition RF models of the popular Yaris - a regular contender for a top-three position in overall vehicle sales - based on the T3+ specification for the hatchback and sedan.
Both feature the 1,3-litre 4-cylinder all aluminium VVT-i engine as fitted in the Yaris T3+. This engine produces 63-kW at 6000-rpm with maximum torque of 121-Nm at 4400-rpm.
Exterior styling cues that differentiate the Yaris RF Edition from the T3+ are: rear spoiler; chrome tailpipe finisher; and RF badging. Wheels are upgraded to 15 inch alloy rims fitted with 185/60 R15 radial tyres. RF embroidered carpet set and leather seat trim are added to the interior trim package.
The audio system on both derivatives gains a major upgrade with a high quality Rockford Fosgate Sound system - hence the RF nomenclature - in place of the standard system. This package includes an amplifier and speaker upgrade for both hatch and sedan.
The Yaris RF hatch features a two-speaker upgrade plus subwoofer, while the sedan version has a four-speaker upgrade.
"The success of the Yaris derives from the fact that it is tailored around a youthful attitude and lifestyle with the hatch catering mainly for young singles and the sedan young families," says Andrew Kirby, Toyota's senior vice president, sales and marketing. "Yaris owners describe their vehicles as cute, funky, and sporty with sedan owners adding style and space utility to the list. The Yaris competes in a dynamic and ultra-competitive segment of the market that is very receptive to unique points of difference.
"The Yaris RF Edition addresses this by adding visual cues and a premium audio system to the already comprehensive T3+ specification."
Also fitted are driver and passenger airbags and electric power steering.
Yaris RF Edition Hatchback R149532
Yaris RF Edition Sedan R155448