New Toyota GR Corolla: 268bhp 4WD hot hatch arrives this week Car News

The new Toyota GR Corolla has been confirmed for an official unveiling this Friday, following a series of preview releases giving hints about its styling and powertrain.

The long-awaited entry to Toyota’s expanding Gazoo Racing performance lineup – rendered by Autocar above – has already been shown wearing the division’s multi-colour camouflage and with its overall design largely obscured.

Still, it’s clear that it will feature a more aggressive front end and bespoke alloy wheel designs, at least as a means of visual differentiation from the standard Toyota Corolla. A new teaser video (below), which confirms the reveal date for the “all-new GR sports car”, shows off the aggressive aerodynamic cues and upgraded components that will set it apart.

However, the difference between the two cars won’t be as stark as that between the Yaris and the hot GR Yaris, the latter sporting a completely bespoke body with no rear doors.

It will use the same powertrain as its sibling Yaris, which was also developed under the GR-Four banner.

The Yaris’ 1.6-liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, which is already used in a hydrogen-powered Corolla race car in Japan, produces 257 hp and 266 lb-ft, boosting the GR Yaris from 0 to 100 km/ h in 5.3 seconds and at a top speed of 143 mph.

Previous teasers have hinted at 268hp for the GR Corolla, which would match the GR Yaris in the Japanese and US markets.

The GR Corolla will provide Toyota with a direct competitor to the Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf GTI, but a European launch has not been confirmed. So far, all teasers are from the US, where the GR Yaris is not available, following the withdrawal of the standard Yaris from that market.

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This notice was published: 2022-03-28 13:14:15

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