Never before has Toyota made a vehicle available to the American public like the new Toyota GR Corolla that was revealed tonight. I’m not saying that for the past 56 years, the Toyota Corolla has been one big boredom fest on four wheels. The 12 generations of Corolla have featured memorable models like the 1984 Corolla AE86, 1987 Corolla FX16 GT-S, 1988 Corolla GT-S, or 2003 Corolla XRS, but none of those cars featured the combination of power, true sports performance, practicality and good design of the new Toyota GR Corolla.
And it is that the new Toyota GR Corolla, without ceasing to be a marketing effort, was the result of a team dedicated to creating true sports cars of regular models of the Japanese automotive colossus. TOYOTA GAZOO Racingthe performance vehicle subdivision founded in 2007 and whose models GR Supra and the GR 86 are available to American consumers, he had already created the GR Yaris, a pocket rocket that was the envy of fans of Japanese power in America.
There are already reasons to stop feeling envy. The Toyota GR Corolla features a version of the same turbocharged three-cylinder from the GR Yaris, which under the hood of the GR Corolla makes 300 horsepower, 43 more horsepower than the GR Yaris, and 273 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with a rev-matching function operated via a short-throw lever.
The Toyota GR Corolla features the GR-FOUR all-wheel drive system that defaults to a 50/50 power split between the two axles, but can put up to 70 percent of the power to the rear wheels if necessary. The system can also be manually set to front-rear power splits of 60-40, 50-50 and 30-70.
Toyota did not provide acceleration, performance or top speed figures for the new model.
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The GR Corolla uses a modified version of the GA-C platform with greater structural strength, its hood and front doors are made of aluminum to save weight and it has a flat subfloor to improve aerodynamics. Its suspension consists of MacPherson struts for the front and a double-wishbone design for the rear, and it uses 18-inch, 15-spoke wheels with a gloss black finish wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 235/40R18 tires.
The GR Corolla’s brakes have 14 x 1.1-inch vented slotted rotors with four-piston calipers up front, while in the rear, there are 11.7 x 0.7-inch vented discs with two-piston calipers.
The interior of the GR Corolla features a 12.3-inch Driver Information and Instrumentation Display for the driver, including views of the selected AWD mode, turbo pressure, gear position indicator, speedometer and tachometer, and there’s also an 8.0-inch infotainment screen in the center of the dash.
The new GR Corolla retains the broad lines of the regular Corolla hatchback, but gains a widening body kit reminiscent of the brand’s rally cars with GR86-inspired front fenders, which were previewed in teaser images released. at the beginning of this week. The flared rear fenders, which extend to the tailgate, are clearly inspired by those of the GR Supra, creating a visual link with their sports-bred siblings.
The GR Corolla comes in two flavors: Core and Circuit Edition
The GR Corolla Core is the base version, available in white, black and Supersonic Red, and features cloth-trimmed sport seats with a black and silver color scheme. As an option, there’s a technology package that includes navigation, an upgraded stereo and wireless charging pad for smartphones.
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Upgrades to the GR Corolla Circuit Edition include a forged carbon fiber roof, a hood bulge with functional vents, a gloss black grille, a matte black rear spoiler, rather than a gloss finish from the Core model, and red brake calipers with the GR logo. The Circuit Edition will be available in White, Supersonic Red and Heavy Metal Silver. The Circuit Edition comes with Torsen limited-slip differentials for the front and rear axles, which are optional for the Core model.
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The sports seats of the GR Corolla Circuit Edition are lined with Brin Naub synthetic leather and suede upholstery, materials that cover much of the cabin in a combination of black and red, it has navigation, an eight-speaker stereo, automatic climate control, seats heated headlights and steering wheel, all as standard equipment.
The Core version will arrive in the second half of 2022 while the Circuit Edition, which will only be offered during the first model, will arrive in 2023. Toyota did not provide any information about pressure but did say that the GR Corolla comes with a free membership of one year in the National Automobile Sports Association.