Truth be told, the Management Fleet Toyota Yaris surprised many of us during its two-month tenure. We weren’t exactly bowled over by the styling – the re-chiseled front end got a few thumbs up – but responsive steering, nippy acceleration and a gearbox that could withstand grueling punishment left us all extolling the Yaris’ virtues.
So when the time came to bid farewell, a few tears and a cake didn’t seem an apt send-off. Instead, considering Chinese-inspired limited editions are de rigeur in the automotive world at present, crankandpiston’s hardworking design team has come up with this unique Yaris to commemorate the occasion.
Like the examples from Ferrari, Aston Martin and Chrysler, the crankandpiston Yaris – labeled the Overk Ill – remains aerodynamically unchanged from its stock counterpart, and has instead taken inspiration from the Year of the Dragon. The refined 24-carat gold Toyota emblem works in accordance with the dragon motif, gold alloy wheels and an exclusive Oriental Sunset Red paint finish.
Inside, dragons adorn the headrests while a platinum crankandpiston emblem is set into the dash. The onboard satnav system automatically directs customers to next year’s Beijing Auto Show, while radio controls and speedometer readouts are labeled in Chinese characters.
Prices for the limited edition Yaris have yet to be confirmed, but are likely to be around the $500,000 mark. Rumours suggest however that the Chinese inspired model will be powered by a 6.0l V12.