2023 Toyota GR Corolla

Ready to Race?
Toyota had a problem. It wanted to find ways to add excitement to its car lineup by adding sportier new designs to get a whole new generation of drivers behind the wheel. So, it started up the GR division whose first product in showrooms was the excellent GR Yaris. The sizzling subcompact was released to the global market in 2020 and took the track day crowd by storm.
 
The race-ready variant of the XP200 series Yaris supermini hatchback was designed by Toyota's performance arm Gazoo Racing (GR). The challenge was to build a car that would meet the World Rally Championship (WRC) rules and still be a suitable as a daily driver on the streets.
 
The GR Yaris was clearly a hit with passionate race enthusiasts and those who wanted an economical car to play Fast and the Furious with. So then, the brains behind Gazoo Racing thought, "What can we supe up next?" The answer is the new for 2023 Toyota GR Corolla which is ready to go head-to-head with sport compact rivals the Volkswagen Golf R and the soon to be released Honda Civic Type R.

Under the Hood

The new Corolla uses the same 3-cylinder turbocharged 1.6-liter engine as is found in the GR Yaris, tuned and amped up to deliver 300 horses, that's 43 horsepower more than it makes in the GR Yaris. The GR Corolla comes with a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive.
 
Known as the GR-Four System, this all-wheel drive setup allows you to shift between different power distribution modes. Default mode is a 60/40 split front to rear for your everyday commute. You can switch to a 50/50 split for track days, or a 30/70 split when you want to go drifting. Even the performance-oriented Corolla XSE doesn't come close to the GR's upgraded suspension and horsepower mods. A Performance package will include front and rear limited-slip differentials.
 
Even with all that grunt making its way to the pavement, the GR will likely get great fuel economy thanks to the 1.6-liter 3-cylinder motor. Industry insiders say the EPA rating will be around 30 mpg. While Toyota hasn't released MSRP yet, we're guessing it will be in the low $30,000 range with a special Circuit Edition coming in at over 40k.

In the Cockpit

Even though this is a racy GR, expect Toyota to include such creature comforts as ambient lighting, six-way adjustable heated sport seats, aluminum pedal covers, and automatic climate control. While the base model will have cloth seats, the Circuit Edition will include fake suede and leather finishes as well as in-dash navigation, smartphone charging, and an eight-speaker JBL audio system.
 
All trim levels of the GR Corolla will include an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa connectivity. Expect the latest Toyota driver assist tech including automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, and adaptive cruise control as standard.
 
In addition to Toyota's limited warranty which covers 3 years or 36,000 miles and the powertrain warranty that's good for 5 years or 60,000 miles, the GR includes complimentary maintenance on the vehicle for 2 years or 25,000 miles.
Finishing Touches
We think the rowdy GR Corolla is going to be a big hit. Expect to see it in showrooms by the end of this year. This race-built hot hatch was designed to take whatever you can dish out. Sign up for the latest GR Corolla updates here. MSRP starting at $32,000.