Toyota Corolla GR: Most Powerful Corolla Ever
Toyota Corolla GR: Most Powerful Corolla Ever
Toyota Gazoo Racing GR belongs to Toyota’s most popular car segment Corolla. The Toyota has been selling its Corolla like hotcakes in over 150 countries around the world which only contribute total of 20% of sales of the company. Toyota has 16 Corolla assembly plants in the world and company has sold 50 million units of Corolla cars since its first generation.
Toyota has introduced a new segment known as Toyota GR which stands for Toyota Gazoo Racing. GR is responsible for high end performance vehicle from factory based on the regular models. We can say GR is same as M is to BMW and AMG to Mercedes.
The ongoing generations of Supra, Yaris hatchback as well the new Land Cruiser are available with GR badging and now the Toyota is bringing Corolla in the GR club. Toyota has launched GR today in United States. The hardcore GR Corolla is basically based on Corolla hatchback and we can say its really a very hot hatch and in fact the most powerful Corolla ever. See Corolla GR details in the video given below.
The Toyota Corolla GR exterior is quite different from an ordinary hatchback and comes updated in terms of design and other aspects. It features wider arches, side skirts , front and rear updated sportier bumpers and a rear roof mounted spoiler.
The GR Corolla comes with a triple exhaust system, two circular on the sides while one long oval shaped in the middle giving it an aggressive look. On front, car has GR badging, rear and on the front fenders. Like regular Corolla hatch, there are LED headlights and taillights. GR Corolla will come in two editions; a standard “Core” model as well as a “Circuit Edition “. The Circuit edition will be a limited production model and will have some exclusive features like forged carbon fiber roof, vented bulge hood with and a sporty rear spoiler. GR Corolla comes standard with 235/40R18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires.
Heart and Soul
The Corolla GR is installed with turbocharged G16E-GTS engine which is DOHC 12-valve 1.6L 3 cylinder. This famous engine is also used by GR Yaris and although it makes 268hp and 360Nm of torque in Yaris, it is pumped up to 300ho and 370Nm of torque in GR.
Toyota claims that compact and lightweight engine utilizes the motorsport technologies for maximum performance including multi oil jet piston cooling and larger diameter exhaust valves. Toyota D-4S direct and port fuel injection system is used for functioning at high pressure for maximum fuel dispersion, efficiency and performance.
The rear bumper has three outlet exhausts under it to reduce the exhaust pressure which is essential for backpressure performance. Obviously you can expect a sweet exhaust note. As per Toyota, the turbocharger is integrated in the exhaust and wastegate is controlled to improve the catalytic warm up efficiency.
The Corolla GR corolla is available only with 6 speed intelligent manual transmission (iMT) with rev matching capabilities.
The Corolla GR has AWD/ All Wheel Drive for the GR Corolla, a system which is actually developed for rally cars which is also available in GR Yaris. The AWD system, which Toyota brands as ” GR-FOUR”, has three driver selectable modes . Power is channeled between front & rear in the ratio of 60:40 in Normal, 30:70 in Sport while 50:50 in the Track mode.
The GR Corolla is built on the basis of same GA-C platform like an ordinary hatch but the chassis has been heavily upgraded and the wider track and lower center of gravity a well balanced driving dynamics like a typical sports car for that much power and torque. Bonnet, front door panels are made with aluminum while light high strength steel is used at critical areas. The chassis comes with enhanced rigidity, thanks to significantly more weld points and increased structural adhesive use.
Suspension and Brakes
The Corolla GR comes with Suspension MacPherson front with light weight components and used track focused coil springs, shock absorbers and stabilizer bars. The rear has double wishbone type multilink system. GR Yaris also comes with Limited-Slip differentials both on front and rear for improved cornering and torque distribution for improved grip and handling. As of brakes, GR Yaris will be equipped with 14-inch slotted rotors with 4 pistons on front while 11.7-inch ventilated rotors with double pistons on the rear .
The main competitor is Civic Type R with current Civic X generation is FWD with around 316hp/400Nm[RHD] 306hp/400Nm[LHD] . Other competitors include Golf R which is 315hp and 421Nm of torque and it has 4Motion/AWD system as well. On slightly lower end of spectrum, Hyundai Veloster N with 275hp/253Nm of torque and its FWD only. In European market Hyundai i30N is an option with 276hp/392Nm but it is DCT only.
The Corolla GR has regular Corolla like layout but looks sportier. A 12.3 inch fully digital customizable digital display capable of 4WD mode, turbo pressure, gear position indicator and tachometer are available in the car. It also comes with a 8-inch infotainment system while a premium JBL audio system.
The other interior features of GR are 4G connectivity for internet, navigation, apple car play and android auto features with steering wheel controls. Meanwhile, automatic climate control, suede and leather combination seats [heated front ] with GR badging comes standard.
The standard safety features of Toyota GR has Toyota safety sense driver assistance system which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, and Lane Tracing Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, Road Sign Assist, and a Rear Seat Reminder.
Toyota has not revealed the official Toyota Corolla GR Price 2022 but it is expected to be around $35 to $40,000 for North American market and for the Circuit Edition, it might be slightly higher. Moreover, Toyota announced that GR Corolla will be offered in other markets as well beside US & Canada.
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