Here is the Toyota GR Corolla, Officially

here is the toyota gr corolla officially

We reported on the leak of the Toyota GR Corolla yesterday, and as expected, the specs we reported on matched up.

The 1.6-liter three-cylinder does indeed make 300 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque and the all-wheel-drive system is, indeed, customizable.

Further details include a wide range for peak torque — from 3,000 to 5,500 RPM. Max horsepower hits at 6,500 RPM. Toyota says the car has a triple exhaust, but it’s unclear to us if that’s a true triple exhaust or not. UPDATE: Toyota says it is.

The six-speed stick with rev-matching that we’ve mentioned before will be the ONLY transmission available. No auto for you!

GR Corolla will be built at Toyota’s Motomachi plant, and it will be on the GA-C platform.

There will be two trims available: Core and Circuit Edition, which is first-year only. Core will be available later this year in three colors: White, black, or red. The roof will be color-keyed, but the rear lip spoiler will be black. The seats get a GR logo.

Circuit Edition cars will come in red, white, or gray, add a carbon-fiber roof, vented hood with bulge, rear spoiler, suede sport seats with red accents, and an autographed shift knob.

Both cars come with a new touchscreen infotainment system.

Other available features, as reported yesterday, will include Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires (235 mm width), front and rear Torsen limited-slip differentials, three drive modes (normal, sport, and track), functional exterior vents for aerodynamics and cooling, a gauge cluster that differentiates itself from the “normal” Corolla, LED headlights and DRLs, gloss-black grille with integrated LED fog lamps, and matte black 18-inch wheels.

Available interior features include a pull-type parking brake lever (praise be to the heavens), automatic climate control, heated seats, heated steering wheel, navigation, wireless cell-phone charging, an auxiliary port, and two USB ports.

Toyota’s Safety Sense 3.0 suite of advanced driver-assistance systems is standard, and it includes pre-collision with pedestrian detection, lane-departure alert with steering assist, and dynamic radar cruise control. Other driving-aid systems include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and hill-start assist.

Toyota claims that an increase in frame weld points leads to more structural rigidity. The front suspension is a MacPherson-type strut, while the rear is a double-wishbone multilink setup.

The brakes have four-piston calipers in front and two-piston calipers at the rear, and Circuit cars get red-painted calipers.

Toyota has taken steps to reduce weight. Not only in terms of the available carbon-fiber roof — the door panels are aluminum, as is the hood.

Color us intrigued — Toyota has made a strong effort in recent times to bolster its performance offerings. We don’t know pricing yet, but if Toyota prices this car right, then Volkswagen and Hyundai are on notice. So, too, are the purveyors of hot compact sport sedans.

It’s a fun time for fans of hopped-up small cars. Now, if Mazda could just bring back the Mazdaspeed 3.

[Images: Toyota]

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  • Conundrum Conundrum on Apr 01, 2022

    The GR Yaris seems like a hoot to drive if you go to YouBoob and have a squint at Germans flogging the daylights out of them around the Nurburgring. The constantly slipping clutch seems to overheat rather readily, though*. Long term tests by car emags suggest the ride is fine, but that highway noise is wearing. The cost of the thing is 34K pounds in the UK for the decent one with Torsen front and rear diffs. Wind off about 20% for Value-added taxes. The GR Corolla has a bit more wick and a lot more weight, likely 400 lbs more. Toyota isn't after GTIs or worrying about Hyundai stuff -- they're competing with the Civic Type R in their minds, I'd bet. No automatic there either, and no AWD. You either get the schtick or you don't. If you don't, Toyota cares not a single damn. Climb up into your pickup truck and concern yourself with whether the towing specs suit your once a year needs! Or rave about DSG. * The AWD system is like early SH-AWD, but Lite. probably too light. The rear GR diff has a different gear ratio to the front one. It's about 1% higher-geared. So if the AWD center clutch is locked up, the back wheels are trying to go faster than the fronts. They can't. So the rear tires slip instead. That's likely the 30/70 split of the three modes, because the rear tires will be constantly pushing, pushing. Good for the life of the center clutch though -- it isn't doing any slipping. The 50/50 torque split track mode means the AWD clutch is constantly slipping to compensate for the gearing. There's the heat problem right there you see on the video track day blasts. You get to be a hero for a few laps until the clutch is automatically dialed offline to cool down, and the car reverts to being FWD. The 60:40 Normal mode relies on both a bit of clutch and rear tire slip to get by. No matter how you look at it, this AWD system is a bit of a cheapy, relying on the different rear gearing for handling results. I'd love to drive one just to say I did, but the chances of hooning much these days is over. I got into enough trouble witha Talon TSi AWD 30 years ago running from cops. Today, your average trundler in a crossover gets in the way, anyway. Most people would be happy with 100 hp, except when it comes to long steep hills on four laners when they want big midrange power. Their minds are out of gear.

  • Randy in rocklin Randy in rocklin on Apr 02, 2022

    I'm 70 yo, I have two 87 Supras, one I bot brand new and one I got 5 years ago. I also have 2 MR2's a 91 5 speed and a 2004 SMT. I can still drive and shift and makes it all the more fun to drive. I also have a 2005 Avalon as my daily. The clutches (hydraulically operated) on Toyotas are soft and easy and the shifter snikecty snick.

  • Art Vandelay And what a giant pile of sh!t ths new format is. Great job guys, way to run off the last of the die hards.
  • Theflyersfan If you ever want a review on a 2022 Mazda MX-5 GT RF, I'll be more than happy to type up a few thousand words and add in some great pictures in front of Churchill Downs for y'all!In a nutshell, I agree with this review. I didn't have a chance to try the Recaro seats because the only test drive available was with another GT that someone backed out in buying so it was being used as a demo. But from what I was told, if you're larger than a 38 waist or taller than 5'10", it gets tight. But with the standard seats, and I'm 5'10" and maybe 20 pounds from the 38 waist, I fit fine. Now getting in and out with the roof up after shoulder surgery (especially leaving the surgery center with most of the right arm under a nerve block) is the total opposite of graceful!!! The look on the nurse's face when the MX-5 pulled up and I'm partially wrapped up like a mummy was priceless.I've had mine since the middle of April and have already put 6,700 miles on it, including round trips from Louisville to Chicago and the Philadelphia suburbs. Averaged 38-39 mpg at a steady 75 mph, and it wasn't a torture chamber. The metal top helped a lot. The standard seats are a bit thin on padding, and there was a bit of squirming by around hour 8 on the Philly drive, but it's possible. But even though this design was released in 2015, I still get compliments from total strangers at stoplights, carwashes, gas stations, restaurants, etc. The Soul Red Metallic paint just makes the car pop. I wish it was available with the Terra Cotta leather (the gray above is available with it), and that it didn't have the standard all in black, because it gets thermonuclear in there with the top down and the sun beating on you, but a minor quibble. But it's just fun. Pure driving fun. The best stick shift in any car today. Solid brakes, excellent handling, a sane amount of power to where you aren't going to get into anything reckless and stupid. After a 12+ hour day at work, there's nothing better than dropping the top and driving the 20 minutes home with the better than I thought it would be Bose stereo playing Moby into my ears through the headrest speakers. Mazda has already announced there will be an NE model so I can't wait for that. It'll be interesting how they will keep the weight down with the expected changes to eke more MPG out of what is already an efficient car.
  • FreedMike I don’t know if I buy into the “they’re coming for our cars” stuff - they’ve been saying that for a long time now - but I wouldn’t argue with one word of this review otherwise.
  • Oberkanone It's not a Jimny! Would be nice if we still had a selection of Suzuki auto in the US. Sidekick was simple and affordable.
  • Dave M. I will say this generation styling has grown on me; previously I thought the Fiat version was far better looking. Miatas have always been pure joy to drive.
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