Toyota GR Corolla due to hit the road soon

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toyota corolla gr e1638569974131Toyota will soon reveal its highly strung Honda Civic Type R rival, which uses GR Yaris’s acclaimed powertrain.

The new Toyota GR Corolla has been subtly previewed by Toyota USA as it’s readied for a launch in the coming months.

The long-awaited entry to Toyota’s expanding GR performance line-up – rendered by our colleagues at  Autocar above – has been shown wearing the division’s trademark multi-coloured camouflage and with its overall design mostly obscured from view.

Nonetheless, it’s clear that it will feature a more aggressive front end design and bespoke alloy wheel designs, at least, as a means of differentiation over the standard Toyota Corolla.

The difference between the two cars, however, will not be as stark as that between the Yaris and the hot GR Yaris, the latter of which wears a completely bespoke body shell with no rear doors.

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Just about visible on this preview is the GR-Four nameplate emblazoned on the side of the car, which confirms it will be four-wheel-drive, and serves as a strong indication it will use the same powertrain as its Yaris sibling, which was also developed under the GR-Four banner.

The Yaris’ turbocharged 1.6-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, which is already used in a hydrogen-fuelled Corolla race car in Japan, produces 192kW and 360Nm, getting the GR Yaris from 0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds and to a top speed of 230km.

Previous teasers have hinted at an output of 200kW for the GR Corolla, which would match the Japanese-market GR Yaris.

The GR Corolla will provide Toyota with a direct rival to the Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf GTI, but it remains to be seen whether it will launch in Europe. All teasers so far have come from the US, where the GR Yaris is not available, following the withdrawal of the standard Yaris from the market.

Felix Page

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