Toyota’s Corolla is well known for being a subdued, reliable daily driver. But that’s likely to change with the arrival of the GR Corolla — the hot hatch we’ve been waiting to see.
Under the hood is a potent 1.3-liter four cylinder making 300 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. With a six-speed manual, variable AWD, front and rear limited-slip differentials, and sport suspension system tuned by Toyota’s Gazoo Racing team, the new GR Corolla is an easy contender to the likes of the Civic Type R and Golf GTi.
The GR Corolla Core Grade model will look the part of a hot hatch, available in white, black, and Supersonic Red. It will feature color keyed roof with rear lip spoiler, GR-Four stamped side rockers, and wide fender flares. The Circuit Edition model adds a forged carbon fiber roof, vented bulge hood, a sporty rear spoiler, Brin Naub suede-trimmed sport seats with red accents, and a Morizo-signed shift knob.
The Toyota GR Corolla will arrive next year in two versions: a Core Grade and first-year-only Circuit Edition. Pricing will be released closer to launch.