Toyota Corolla has a strong GR version with 300 horsepower, AWD, manual transmission

The high-performance GR Corolla version was officially launched by Toyota with a powerful 400 horsepower engine, AWD drive and especially comes with a manual transmission to serve speed enthusiasts.

Following the success of the recently launched GR high-performance product line, Toyota continues to bring customers a high-performance version of the Corolla hatchback inspired by rally racing. This car model, when available on the market, will become a direct competitor of Subaru WRX and Volkswagen Golf R, Hyundai Veloster N,…

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In this high-performance car model, Toyota equips the GR Corolla with a turbocharged 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine capable of generating a maximum capacity of 300 horsepower and 370 Nm of torque. This power is nearly double the 168 horsepower on the regular Corolla hatchback. Not only that, GR Corolla is also stronger than all competitors in the segment in which it participates.

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Power is transmitted to all four wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission and GR-Four transmission system. The power transmission ratio can be adjusted via driving modes at 60:40, 50:50 and 30:70. The car has a weight of 1,474 kg, 85.7 kg higher than the regular Corolla hatchback.

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Some of Toyota’s other upgrades for the GR Corolla include an upgraded TNGA-C platform with greater rigidity. The suspension has been tweaked to be stiffer, more suitable for racing and the AWD drive system. 18-inch wheels come with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires. The front radiator disc brake system measures 356 mm and 297 mm at the rear, with 4-piston brake calipers.

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The exterior of the Toyota GR Corolla has been upgraded with a more aggressive look coming from enlarged, square and more sturdy wheel arches. The grille is equipped with small meshes instead of pattern clusters, on both sides there are vertical air vents, glossy black paint and the GR-Four logo. The rear of the car is more impressive with a unique three-pipe exhaust set made of stainless steel. In addition, the car also has a high-mounted spoiler, underbody diffuser and black-painted rear bumper.

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Inside, the cockpit is equipped with a 12.3-inch information screen that displays special parameters such as oil temperature, turbocharger pressure, currently selected gear and drive mode. The 8-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia entertainment screen is still equipped with “Hey Toyota” smart virtual assistant technology. The interior is upgraded with felt-covered sports seats with contrasting patterns and gray GR logos on the headrests. The car is also equipped with a leather-wrapped sports steering wheel, aluminum pedals and a six-speaker sound system.

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Toyota GR Corolla is equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 driver assistance package as standard. This premium equipment package includes features such as pre-collision assist with pedestrian positioning, lane departure warning and steering wheel alignment assist, lane following assist, adaptive cruise control with radar, automatic headlights, sign reading assist and rear seat check warning.

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Some other features equipped include blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, and hill start assist. Toyota also offers the Toyota Safety Connect program that has the ability to notify relatives, call for rescue and warn of theft when the vehicle is in an accident.

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Toyota will produce the new GR Corolla at the Motomachi plant in Japan. The selling price has not been announced yet, the car is expected to be on the market in the next few months.

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