Toyota GR Corolla hatchback

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Toyota GR Corolla hatchback

The hot hatchback is available in the Core version and the exclusive Circuit Edition, the latter featuring a carbon roof forged. Drivers have been begging for months for Toyota to give them a glimpse of the GR Yaris, but Toyota hasn’t caved yet. So instead, it’s offering us an alternative hot hatchback that is possibly more appealing and suitable on our streets. Check out the newly launched 2023 Toyota GR Corolla and the limited-run Circuit Edition. It packs 300 horsepower out of a tiny engine and sports the standard rally-tuned all-wheel drive and overall body styling that makes a Subaru the WRX blush. The GR Corolla will be a hit in dealerships later this year.

G16E-GTS turbocharged engine

G16E-GTS turbocharged engine

The same 1.6-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine powers its GR Corolla that powers it is the GR Yaris, but with the performance, wick increased at 300 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque. This is 32 horsepower and 7 pounds more than its smaller sibling. This is a huge benefit when you consider its weight of 3,249 pounds. GR Corolla is about 430 pounds heavier than the GR Yaris.

The G16E GTS engine inhales through a uni-scroll turbo bearing a ball and exhales via a valved exhaust system, with three stainless exhaust tips made of steel. A six-speed manual transmission that includes rev-matching is standard.

GR Four all-wheel-drive

The most expensive part of Corolla’s GR engine lies in Toyota’s GR Four all-wheel-drive system. It was designed to be rally-focused and tuned by Toyota Gazoo Racing’s WRC technicians and engineers and engineers; the GR Four system features selectable power distribution. By turning an adjustment knob, drivers can change from a 60:40 front-to-rear torque distribution suitable for every day driving to a 50/50 split to ensure maximum stability, and then on to a reverse-biased 30:70 distribution to allow for dynamic driving in back-roads and on circuits. These configurations are just a baseline as the software will shift the distribution of torque between the axle based upon the driver’s inputs and road conditions to improve grip.

This GR Corolla can also be upgraded to include Torsen differentials with limited slips on the rear and front axles as part of the Performance Package upgrade. This allows for better torque distribution in the lateral direction for a more excellent grip. However, the open front and rear differentials are common.

Widebody design

With a width of 72.9 inches width, The GR Corolla is nearly 2.5 inches more expansive than the regular Corolla hatchback, thanks to an aggressive body design change. The wheelbase remains at 103.9 inches. However, the more pointed bodywork is an inch and a half wider and extends to 173.5 inches. In the arches of those arches, you’ll find Cast alloy 18 inches with glossy black finishes and the sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4 235/40R18 tires. The stopping power comes from four-piston brakes that measure 14 inches up front and 11.7-inch two-piston grabbers in the rear.

In addition to looking more solid and robust, Toyota has stiffened the GA-C platform for the Corolla by adding more excellent weld points and extensive use for structural adhesive. The result is a sturdier MacPherson Front and Double-Wishbone Rear suspension, a more solid foundation under which it can perform. In addition, the GR’s dampers, springs and stabilizer bars are all updated to ensure the best performance through circuit tuning, with a particular focus on ensuring that the handling works in conjunction well with the AWD capability of the system.

Circuit Edition

In 2023, the Toyota GR Corolla will be available in two different versions, including the basic Core model and Limited-Limit Circuit Edition.

Circuit Edition examples feature a carbon-based roof that has been forged and is lighter by a few ounces than the steel roof, which helps reduce the hatchback’s centre of mass. In addition, the forged sheet composite features a unique, mottled look distinct from the standard carbon fiber woven. In either direction, a hood is vented, with an accentuated power bulge than the standard model or a more prominent roof spoiler that is larger than that of the core model.

Toyota’s Heavy Metal satin finish paint is only available on the Circuit Edition — which is also available either in white or Supersonic Red hues — like red-painted brake callipers sporting GR logos. In addition, the cockpit has leather-trimmed sports seats that have red accents. The most desirable Circuit Edition launch year exclusive for collectors of Toyota is a shift knob that was signed by Morizo, who is also known as Toyota President and master driver Akio Toyoda.

These Circuit Edition models also come equipped with both rear and front Torsen differentials with limited slip.

Safety and cabin tech

The GR Corolla comes standard with an 8-inch version of Toyota’s Audio Multimedia infotainment. This Circuit Edition rolls in standard JBL premium audio Navigation, Qi-compatible wireless phone charging; however, the Core version is also upgradeable by adding a Technology bundle. In any case, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are included with wireless connectivity, Amazon Alexa support, and the automaker’s “Hey Toyota” hotword voice command and search.

Toyota does not skimp on safety technology in the GR Corolla, and the hot hatchback is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 driver aid technology. This suite incorporates pre-collision alerts, including motorcyclist and pedestrian detection and, also Lane departure alerts, steering assist with tracing, auto high beams and much more. In addition, this GR Corolla will also come equipped with adaptive cruise control. This is a rare feature for a car with three pedals.

Available late 2022

The price for GR Corolla and its Performance Technology, the Cold Weather packages have not yet been revealed. However, I’m estimating it’ll begin at around $37,000, in line with the GR Yaris’ price and providing a good amount of room under the GR Supra’s MSRP price. With its Circuit Edition going for around five hundred dollars more. We’ll soon be able to determine how accurate it is, with more information emerging as we get closer to the release later this year.

The Subaru WRX STI on-off The 2023 Toyota GR Corolla will square against the all-wheel-drive Volkswagen Golf R and the front-driven rivals of The Hyundai Elantra N and the forthcoming eleventh-generation Honda Civic Type R.

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