Gazoo Racing turns a Toyota Corolla into a rally-inspired hot hatch to compete with the Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R.
Toyota It has finally revealed the world’s long-awaited GR Corolla hot hatchback. With this 304 horsepower Corolla, Toyota is looking to follow in the footsteps of the Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R. Toyota GR YarisAnd the Toyota GR Supra And the Toyota GR 86 sold abroad. With this power output, the Corolla GR is the most powerful Corolla ever sold globally.
- GR Corolla gets a 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol engine with 304 horsepower and 1.6 liters
- 6-speed manual gearbox and standard all-wheel drive
- Top-rung Circuit Edition gets a Torsen differential and carbon fiber body panels
Toyota GR Corolla: 304 hp on tap
The latest entry into the ranks uses a 1.6-liter, three-pot single-scroll turbo engine, which is also in use in the popular GR Yaris, but with power significantly increased to 304 hp and torque slightly boosted to 370 Nm.
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 the 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.
18-inch sport wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tread tires are supported by four-piston, four-piston, slotted ventilated brake discs. Toyota has not yet confirmed the performance numbers, but it expects a time of 0-100 km/h, with a 5.0-second drive.
The Circuit Edition gets additional mechanical upgrades and also uses carbon fiber body panels.
Toyota GR Corolla: Pillars
While the GR Corolla’s silhouette is more closely related to the car it’s based on, compared to the regular GR Yaris and Yaris, Toyota claims that the “high-rigidity chassis has been custom-made” for the new car.
On a standard, it features additional welds around the body joints and a more thorough use of structural adhesive between the various components. It is also said to be lighter than the standard Corolla without compromising strength or safety.
Lightweight materials are used throughout, with the standard GR Corolla weighing in at 1,474 kg, and the Circuit Edition takes that spirit even further with a carbon-fiber roof panel, hood and aluminum front doors.
Toyota GR Corolla: design and interior
The racing-inspired visual design offers black detailing, gap inserts on the hood and sides, flared wheel arches and, most noticeably, a prominent spoiler that extends over the rear screen.
This is offset by motorsports-inspired tweaks in the cabin, including a GR leather steering wheel, GR-branded seats and aluminum pedals. And in the Circuit version, suede seats and a shift knob signed by Toyota boss Akio Toyoda.
Toyota lineup in India
Back in 2020, we reported that Toyota was considering GR Supra for the Indian market, although it remains to be seen if and when the vehicle will arrive. Toyota recently launched the Hilux 4×4 pickup truck in India, and you can read more about it here. The brand will also launch a model Crete competitor later this year.
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