By and enormous, Toyota is thought for reliable however boring vehicles. However among the many tens of millions of RAV4s and Camrys, there’s proof of a wilder streak. There’s the Supra, after all, which is flashy in a approach that few vehicles are at the moment. And there is the GR Yaris, which was designed to homologate a rally automotive earlier than a rule change rendered it out of date.
“GR” stands for Gazoo Racing, and plainly the GR magic reworked the Yaris right into a cult favourite. Toyota did not promote this little three-cylinder, all-wheel-drive pocket rocket within the US market, however it’s going to convey the follow-up, the GR Corolla, to the nation. The GR Corolla can be powered by a turbocharged 1.6 L three-cylinder engine and options AWD, and it goes on sale later this yr.
Just like the GR Yaris, the GR Corolla is constructed at a particular manufacturing facility in Motomachi, Japan, versus being made on the regular Corolla line on the firm’s Takaoka plant. The automotive’s physique has been strengthened with stronger welds and adhesives, and consumers get the choice of a cast carbon-fiber roof to save lots of weight the place it actually counts.
The GR model is wider than the common Corolla, courtesy of flared wheel arches, and it is studded with grilles and vents that variously suck in air for cooling or put the air to work by channeling it within the desired path.
The GR Yaris and GR Corolla share the identical turbocharged 1.6 L, three-cylinder engine (generally known as the G16E-GTS), though the GR Corolla has a brand new exhaust that places out barely extra energy—300 hp (223 kW) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm).
That energy is channeled to all 4 wheels by a six-speed guide transmission; there are not any flappy paddles right here, whilst an choice. The AWD system comes with a function mostly seen in Gran Turismo—with the twist of a dial, you’ll be able to change the torque cut up between the entrance and rear axles from 60:40 to 50:50 or 30:70, relying in your temper. Torque-sensing restricted slip differentials for each entrance and rear can even be accessible.
Toyota will supply the GR Corolla in two trims, a less expensive Core Version and a costlier Circuit Version, the latter of which incorporates the cast roof, a suede and artificial leather-based inside, and the restricted slip diffs, amongst different tweaks. Each variations will use Toyota’s new infotainment system, which is a giant enchancment over the Entune system the corporate has been utilizing.
We do not know precise pricing but, but it surely appears affordable to count on the GR Corolla Core to begin at round $32,000 (much like the Hyundai Veloster N), with loaded GR Corolla Circuit Editions getting near $40,000, like the Honda Civic Sort-R and Volkswagen Golf R.