Toyota’s sports car could cause the Civic Type R or Elantra N to lose customers if it returns to Vietnam

Toyota has just introduced the high-performance hatchback model GR Corolla in Malaysia with strong performance and a sporty design that can take customers from the Honda Civic Type R or Hyundai Elantra N.

Specifically, at the launch event of the Toyota GR branded product range in Malaysia, besides famous car models such as GR Supra or GR86, Toyota also brought the high-performance version Toyota GR Corolla which is positioned to compete directly. with two street sports cars, Honda Civic Type R and Hyundai Elantra N.

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Toyota GR Corolla was developed by Gazoo Racing sports car branch and handcrafted at the Motomachi factory (Japan). The car uses the TNGA-C chassis platform and reinforced body structure, along with many details made of aluminum alloy such as the bonnet or front door, helping the car’s weight stop at only 1,475 kg.

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The exterior of the Toyota GR Corolla is attractive with its aggressive and unique design thanks to its large square steering wheel and LED fog lights. Vertical air vents at the corner of the front bumper and on the wheel arches are responsible for cooling the brakes during operation, while also improving the aerodynamics of this 5-door model.

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The two sides of the car’s body have a wide body shape with wheel cavities 60mm wider at the front and 85mm at the rear, the ground clearance is lowered by about 10mm, the car’s floor is flattened to reduce air resistance when operating at speed. high, with ribs on both sides with the GR-FOUR logo embossed.

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Toyota GR Corolla is equipped with glossy black 18-inch multi-spoke wheels with Yokohama ADVAN Apex tires size 235/40 R18 and comes with a front brake system with 356mm diameter perforated brake discs and 4-piston brake calipers, while the The rear is a 297mm brake disc and 2-piston brake caliper.

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Notably, the roof of the Toyota GR Corolla is made from carbon fiber reinforced composite (CFRP). In addition to reducing weight and lowering the vehicle’s center of gravity, this detail also creates a unique feature for the most powerful Corolla model ever mass produced.

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The rear of the GR Corolla has only been slightly changed, attracting attention with a system of 3 separate stainless steel exhaust pipes, and this detail plays an important role in optimizing the performance of the turbocharger. , thereby increasing engine power. Other notable highlights include a gloss black diffuser and spoiler.

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Despite its rugged appearance, the interior of the Toyota GR Corolla is quite boring with a design like the Corolla Altis or Corolla Cross despite adding some details such as the GR logo, contrasting red stitching, accelerator/brake pedals/ aluminum cone.

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The steering wheel is also not D-Cut, the car is equipped with a 12.3-inch electronic clock, a floating 9-inch central screen that supports wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connection, 2-zone automatic air conditioning, wireless charging. Qi standard wire.

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The seats of the Toyota GR Corolla are covered with leather and Alcantara fabric, of which the two front seats are sports seats with a design that hugs the body of the person sitting. Toyota also removed the front center armrest to optimize driving space, and the car is still equipped with a mechanical handbrake to serve drift or donut phases.

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Even though it is a pure sports car, Toyota still equips the GR Corolla with the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 safety package with many technologies such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist and automatic headlights. phase change/cos.

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Notably, the Toyota GR Corolla is only equipped with a 1.6L 3-cylinder G16E-GTS turbocharged engine but with a capacity of up to 296 horsepower and 370 Nm of torque combined with a 6-speed manual transmission. Smart iMT has automatic throttle compensation technology (rev-matching), helping the gear shifting process happen faster and smoother.

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According to the car manufacturer, it only takes 5.3 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h before reaching a maximum speed electronically limited to 230km/h. Unlike its competitors, GR Corolla is equipped with Toyota’s GR-FOUR 4-wheel drive system with the ability to change the torque distribution ratio between the front/rear axle through 3 modes: 60:40 (Normal) , 50:50 (Track) and 30:70 (Sport) and Torsen limited-slip differential on both front and rear axles, optimizing traction when accelerating or cornering.

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Toyota GR Corolla 2023 has a converted price of about 1.9 billion VND and is imported completely from Japan. This model is positioned to compete fairly with rivals such as Hyundai Elantra N, Subaru WRX, Honda Civic Type R or Volkswagen Golf R.

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In Vietnam, the sports car segment is heating up because names like Hyundai Elantra N have not yet announced the price, Honda Civic Type R costs 2,399 billion VND, Subaru WRX costs from 1.99 to 2,049 billion VND or Mercedes AMG A35 priced at 2,429 billion VND. However, in the future, if this trend becomes popular, Toyota may bring back the GR Corolla model to increase market share.

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