GR Corolla – Toyota have just released the hot hatch, GR Corolla. It comes in a highly specified GTS version priced from $62,300 plus the usual costs.
The GR Corolla joins other Toyotas in the GR stable, the GR 86, GR Supra and GR Yaris. It looks awesome, especially in the Feverish Red colour but there are four choices available.
Inside its well-equipped and comfortable.
I had the opportunity to drive the GR Corolla around Sydney Motorsport Park on the launch and I have to say it’s a LOT OF FUN.
It’s powered by the same high-output 1.6-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine found in the GR Yaris, that has been tuned to produce a boosted 221kW of power at 6500rpm and 370Nm of torque over a wider rev band, from 3000-5550rpm.
All GR Corollas come equipped with a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission and the sophisticated GR-FOUR all-wheel-drive system, supported with Torsen®2 limited-slip differentials on both the front and rear axles.
The GR Corolla is available now but there are only 700 vehicles available in the first year and a number have already been pre ordered. So if you want one better get in quick
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GR Corolla final thoughts
Here is a sports hatch that can be driven every day as well as having fun on the track. Not many cars achieve that balance.
It takes a sometimes-bland Corolla style and brings the WOW factor. It looks great!
Balance is the key word here. Everything works in harmony, the responsiveness, ride and handling, steering weight, and aural sensitivity.
It engenders confidence. You simply feel good driving it.
What is good?
What is not so good?
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Sports hatchbacks are few and far between these days.
GR Corolla GTS
|1.6L 3 Cyl Turbo Petrol Euro 5C
|GR-FOUR AWD 6Sp i-MT
|Battery Capacity / type
|221kW @ 6,500rpm
|370Nm @ 3,000 – 5,500rpm
|Fuel on Test
|Range (WLTP) / efficiency
|Fast Charge / Home (240V)
|5 Star ANCAP (Tested Nov 2019)
|5.29 sec / 230km/h
|12 Mth / 15,000km – Capped Price service pack
|5yr/ unlimited km
|5Yr. conditional roadside assist
*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)
|Behind the Wheel
|Ride and Handling
|Fit for Purpose
|Style / appeal
|Technology / connectivity
|Value for Money
|18 x 8.5J ENKEI cast alloy
|Yokohama ADVAN V601 235/40ZR18 tyres
|Max ground clearance
|Up to 120mm
|Turning Circle KTK
|Boot Capacity Min
|Boot capacity Max
|Tow Ball rating
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