The Toyota GR YarisThe ‘powerful 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-three and innovative all-wheel drive system have been put to even better use, fueling the all-new Toyota GR Corolla that has just been officially revealed.
Its ‘G16E-GTS’ engine is good for 295bhp, up from 257bhp in the GR Yaris. This is much higher than the 268bhp that an earlier teaser seems to suggest, and although we don’t have performance figures yet, this output should be enough to give the Corolla 0-62mph heavier than bragging rights. compared to its smaller sibling. Meanwhile, torque stands at 273lb ft.
Another unexpected feature is the six-speed manual transmission with rev control. It was thought that the GR Corolla would only be for automatics.
This transmission offers the GR-Four-branded all-wheel drive system without a center differential. Instead, it uses a clutch package between the crankshaft and the rear differential. For the Circuit Edition model, a Torsen limited-slip differential is fitted as standard at the front and rear.
Along with the LSDs (available on Core vehicles as part of the Performance Package), the Circuit Edition comes with a forged carbon fiber roof, vented bonnet, distinct rear spoiler, and decorated seats. suede and gearshift knob signed ‘Morizo’ – his driving personality Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda. It will only be available during the launch year of the GR Corolla.
Just like in the Yaris GR, the GR-Four system in the GR Corolla can control the rear wheels a lot with a 30/70 split of torque in Sport mode. Normal mode is 70/30 and Circuit is 50/50.
The bodywork features widened front and rear wheel arches, with 18-inch multi-spoke wheels wrapped in 235mm wide Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires that go into every corner. There’s a much larger grille that opens up at the front than what’s seen on a standard Corolla, flanked by large ducts. The most unusual feature is at the rear – a triple exhaust with a differently shaped central outlet. Toyota says this design to reduce back pressure is the key to increasing the power of the G16E-GTS engine.
Along with wider tires, the GR Corolla gets revised springs, dampers and anti-roll bars. Slowing things down are four-piston brake calipers at the front with 355mm grooved discs, with two 300mm piston and rotor calipers at the rear.
Inside, you’ll find a GR-specific 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that displays things like drive mode, turbocharger pressure and gear position. There’s also a short-range manual shift lever and an ‘old fashioned’ mechanical handbrake. On infotainment duties is an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
A Toyota GB spokesperson has confirmed that the Toyota GR Corolla will not be coming to the UK. One reason for this could be Gazoo Racing’s ‘Power of Three’ ethos, which involves only three GR models being sold in one market at a time. In Europe, we’ve got three – the new GR Yaris, GR Supra and GR86. In North America, the lack of Yaris GR creates a “space” for hot Corollas.
No high performance Toyota Corolla since the T-Sport in the early 2000s, delivering 189 hp from a turbocharged 1.8-liter engine, so the promise of a new GR Corolla is a bold move from Toyota, especially when rivals Its direct player in the US will be from CHEAP Volkswagen Golf to the new one CHEAP Honda Civic.
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