• The GR Corolla three-cylinder turbo engine produces 224 kW and 370 Nm of torque.
• Supra and Yaris are other Toyota performance derivatives available in SA.
• Local availability has not yet been confirmed.
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South Africa has always been deprived of the Corolla’s fast-paced body shape. The E110 chassis in RSI/RXI trim marks the last time, with Toyota retaining the nameplate for affordability and reliability in later generations.
Since its birth in 1966, Corolla has evolved through its generations into a diverse range of sedans, wagons, hatchbacks and SUVs to meet customers’ time-changing lifestyles. The GR Corolla was brought to life based on the strong desire of Toyota President Akio Toyoda, aka Morizo, to “return the Corolla that captivates our customers.”
With emissions tougher and most automakers moving toward cleaner driving, Toyota is driving performance forward with the debut of its latest innovation – the GR Corolla. Over the years, it’s become known that any model with the letters “GR” plastered on the back is fast and full of power.
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Toyota GR Corolla
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The Supra and Yaris are the country’s only performance derivatives for sale in South Africa. The brand also confirmed that the all-new GR86 will be making its way to SA, but local availability won’t be confirmed until later in 2022. Let’s cross all our fingers and toes as it comes our way.
Co-developed with Subaru, the sports car is now powered by a 2.4-liter petrol engine and ditches the 2.0-liter grinder found on the previous model. According to the Japanese brand, the GR86 can cut 0-100 km / h in 6.3 seconds. Introducing the GR Corolla version would enhance the Japanese brand’s performance envelope on domestic soils.
Toyota GR Corolla
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The hot hatch is slated to launch in Japan in the second half of 2022, although Toyota South Africa has yet to confirm its domestic availability. Its size will undoubtedly be against the latest generation Volkswagen Golf R (with power numbers of 235 kW and 420 Nm of torque) – which will arrive domestically in the second quarter of 2022.
GR Corolla shares many foundations with her brother Yaris. It uses a 1.6-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine found in the GR Yaris (producing 198 kW and 360 Nm), although its performance has been tweaked to generate a maximum output of 224 kW and 370 Nm. Power is also sent to all wheels via the GR-FOUR 4WD system (which also comes with three selectable drive modes) via a six-speed manual transmission and in a chassis that weighs just 1,475 kg.
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Toyota GR Corolla
Just like the Yaris, it features a powerful front bumper (with the GR badge) and wider front (20 mm) and rear (30 mm) fenders. Also new is a triple-exhaust design at the rear, while a MacPherson strut and double-wishbone suspension communicate the road via 18-inch gloss black alloy wheels. Stopping force is controlled by ventilated disc brakes (4 bowls in the front and 2 in the rear). The latest active safety package, the Toyota Safety Sense, comes standard.
Judging by how successful the Yaris derivative is in SA – they sold all of their models domestically through 2023 – there is every indication that its four-door sister will follow the same sales success.