Toyota will debut the GR Corolla, the new Honda Civic Type R and rival Volkswagen Golf R, at the New York International Auto Show later this month.
A new entry into the scary segment of hot hatchbacks, the much-anticipated GR Corolla will hit the show floor April 15-24, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.
The cool new touch on the Toyota Corolla joins a rapidly expanding lineup of hot Toyotas developed by Gazoo Racing’s performance division, along with the Toyota GR Yaris, Toyota GR Supra and Toyota GR 86 – but unlike those cars, it’s not destined for sale in Europe. .
The latest entry into the ranks uses the familiar 1.6-liter, three-pot turbocharged engine from the acclaimed GR Yaris but with power dramatically increased to 300 horsepower and torque boosted slightly to 273 lb-ft.
These highs come thanks to a triple outlet exhaust, which reduces back pressure and improves exhaust flow, a new “multi-jet” cooling system, larger exhaust valves and a partially operated intake port.
Power is sent to both axles via a six-speed manual gearbox, as on the GR Yaris, with an Intelligent Manual Transmission (IMT) function, which primarily acts as a rev-matching function for smoother shifts.
The top-tier Circuit Edition is also equipped with a pair of Torsen differentials to improve cornering stability and response.
The custom 18-inch sport wheels are wrapped in sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires and bolstered by ventilated, four-piston aluminum performance brake discs.
Toyota has yet to confirm the performance numbers, but it expects a 0-62mph time with a 5.0-second push.
While the GR Corolla’s silhouette is more closely related to the car it’s based on than the regular GR Yaris and Yaris, Toyota claims that the “highly rigid chassis was built specifically” for the new car.