New Toyota GR Corolla 2023 | (Details are below the video)

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2023 Toyota GR Corolla Looks Rally Ready with 300 HP and AWD
Circuit Edition then comes with a forged carbon fiber roof

After a long wait and lots of teasing, the 2023 Toyota GR Corolla is finally here. It gives the brand a hot hatch to sell in the United States for the first time in a long time.

Under the hood is the G16E-GTS turbocharged three-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower (224 kilowatts) at 6,500 rpm and 273 pound-feet (370 Newton-meters) from 3,000 to 5,500 rpm. Power goes through a six-speed manual gearbox with rev-matched functionality. The GR-Four all-wheel drive system has selectable 60-40, 50-50 and 30-70 front-rear torque distribution settings depending on the driver's preference.

Toyota's announcement doesn't offer any performance estimates, so we don't know how quickly the GR Corolla reaches 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers) or what its top speed is.

As a rough point of comparison, the Toyota GR Yaris in the European market reaches 100 km/h in less than seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h). Sharing the turbocharged three-cylinder with the Corolla, this version of the mill produces 257 hp (192 kW) and 266 lb-ft (360 Nm). In addition, the GR Yaris weighs 2,822 pounds (1,280 kilograms), while the new GR Corolla weighs 3,249 pounds (1,474 kilograms).

What Makes It Special?
GR Corolla uses a modified version of the GA-C platform; this has additional weld points for the frame, strengthening joints and extensive use of structural adhesive. The hood and front door panels are aluminum to save weight. The fuselage gains canards at the corners to direct air to the wings and flared fenders. The floor is flat to reduce friction.

The hot hatch's suspension consists of MacPherson-type struts at the front and a double wishbone design at the rear. The brutal Corolla rides on 18-inch, 15-spoke wheels with a gloss black finish with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires in 235/40R18.

For braking, the front of the hot hatch has 14 x ventilated and slotted rotors with four-piston calipers. At the rear are x ventilated discs with two-piston calipers.

Inside the GR Corolla is a digital infotainment display. The display includes views of the selected all-wheel drive mode, turbo pressure, gear position indicator and tachometer. The driver uses a short-throw derailleur, which Toyota says has a position where "the driver's arm is naturally lowered from the steering wheel." There's also an infotainment screen in the middle of the instrument cluster.

Kernel or Circuit Edition?
The GR Corolla will launch in the US in two trim levels: the base Core model coming later in 2022, or the Circuit Edition exclusive to the first model year arriving in 2023.

The GR Corolla Core is available in white, black and Supersonic Red. Inside, there are cloth-covered sports seats and a black and silver color scheme. Optionally, there's a Cold Weather package that adds heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The tech package includes navigation, an upgraded stereo and wireless smartphone charging.

The Circuit Edition offers a performance upgrade, including getting a forged carbon fiber roof. This finish is available in white, Supersonic Red and Heavy Metal. The brake calipers are red and feature the GR logo.

The circuit comes with Torsen limited slip differentials for the front and rear axle. These parts are an optional upgrade as part of the Core model's Performance Package.

For an aesthetic upgrade, the Circuit features a hood ridge with functional vents. The nose wears a glossy black grille. It also has a matte black rear spoiler instead of a glossy finish for the Core model.

Inside, a black and red color scheme features Brin Naub faux suede and synthetic leather upholstery throughout the cabin. Navigation and eight-speaker stereo are part of the package. The circuit also has automatic climate control, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

Pricing is not yet available for either class of the GR Corolla. Buyers receive a free annual membership to the National Auto Sports Association.

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