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The performance hatchback will borrow the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Lexus NX, with 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, sources claim.

Toyota is reportedly planning a high-performance Yaris variant inspired by the WRC-spec rally car.

The new range topper will borrow the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine from the Lexus NX, providing at least 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque via a six-speed manual transmission, unnamed sources have told Motoring.

The standard model is available exclusively with a 1.5-liter inline four that is good for 106 ponies and 103 lb-ft of twist. In contrast, the actual WRC car is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter mill that jumps to over 300 horsepower.

The WRC lookalike is expected to feature wider fender flares and a rear wing, among other aesthetic tweaks to differentiate the package from the standard mass-market hatchback. Suspension upgrades and a sportier interior are likely to complement the exterior enhancements.

The range topper is viewed as a celebration of Toyota's return to WRC after a 15-year absence. The company previously used a heavily modified Euro-spec Corolla hatchback to tackle rally stages.

The company has not yet officially commented on the rumors. It is unclear if the WRC-inspired Yaris will make its way to markets outside of Europe.