Toyota GR Corolla Leaked Ahead of Official Debut

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
toyota gr corolla leaked ahead of official debut

Launching a new vehicle under embargo must be a stressful endeavor for all those who are involved on the OEM side.

Take the Toyota GR Corolla. The brand has been so careful to build up interest via teases, and has plans to take the wraps off tonight — and it all got spoiled by some careless management of the company’s consumer Web site.

We’ll write up the official unveil tomorrow, but the key specs and features should match what the leak reveals. That means the car will have a 1.6-liter turbo-four (UPDATE: It’s probably a three-cylinder. My bad.) with 300 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, a six-speed “intelligent” stick (we’re not sure what that means — maybe rev-matching?), all-wheel drive with a torque split that can range from 50/50 to 30/70 (percent) front to rear, Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, front and rear Torsen limited-slip differentials, three drive modes (normal, sport, and track), functional exterior vents for aerodynamics and cooling, a different gauge cluster, a forged carbon-fiber roof, a vented hood, matte black 18-inch wheels, and Ultrasuede and synthetic leather-trimmed seats.

Expect to see those same specs and more listed when the actual wraps come off. For now, gaze upon the car in all its unhidden glory.

[Images: Toyota]

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  • Kcflyer Kcflyer on Apr 01, 2022

    So it is a type R with AWD and both port and direct!

  • Tylanner Tylanner on Apr 01, 2022

    drool worthy...ICEs going out with a BANG.

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    • Superdessucke Superdessucke on Apr 01, 2022

      @ToolGuy Yeah, the more I think about it, the less likely I am to believe that average people are going be able to get their hands this. Unless you scored some PPP funds, you'll have to admire this one from afar, and close your eyes from the driver's seat of your Rav-4 and pretend.

  • NotMyCircusNotMyMonkeys hornet is an alfa with $15k on the hood from the factory in italy
  • Tassos This "Eldorado" is a sad caricature of the far more substantial Eldorado and esp "Biarritz"s of the late 50s and 60s.It belongs to the junkyard. I can see no reason why anybody would want to restore this loser.Instead, you can get a FLAGSHIP German Luxury Sedan from the Web auctions, such as this one that was just sold for a tiny fraction of its price new, and which is still eminently driveable with little or no improvements:
  • Cprescott Yet Honduh can't even build a car with safe seatbelts.
  • Analoggrotto " If we look into who was leading in overall recalls for 2022, Ford had the most – followed by Volkswagen, Stellantis, Mercedes-Benz, and General Motors. Though Kia and Hyundai followed immediately after."Such great company to be within.
  • FreedMike Here's my question: Why, Dodge, did you wait 10+ years to introduce a vehicle like the Hornet - a compact CUV with some performance chops and "Dodge attitude"? I'm not crazy about the Hornet itself, but the concept itself is great, and if they'd done something like it - and at a lower price point - in 2012, they wouldn't be staring at the business abyss they are now. They might have even generated enough profit to keep the Challenger and Charger refreshed and up-to-date, as Ford did with the Mustang - which is sticking around, unlike the Dodge muscle cars.