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Toyota Launches New All-Wheel Drive, 300 Horsepower 2023 GR Corolla

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We double checked to make sure, but in the 10-year history of OnAllCylinders, we have never—ever—written a story about the humble Toyota Corolla.

Which is kind of odd, because it’s the world’s highest-selling car.

But in fairness, there hasn’t been much in the way of tire-shredding performance to talk about.

Until now, of course, once we saw the specs on the new 2023 GR Corolla that Toyota revealed late last week.

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Details on the 2023 Toyota GR Corolla

For starters, the “GR” stands for Gazoo Racing—and we’ve definitely talked about Gazoo Racing before. Those two little letters mean that Toyota’s in-house racing team has turned up the wick on this little hot hatch.

It all starts under the hood, where the GR Corolla’s featherweight 1.6L three-cylinder turbocharged engine cranks out a jaw-dropping 300 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque. And that torque comes on at a street-friendly 3,000 rpm, and the snappy 1.6L hits peak hp at 6,500 rpm.

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It gets even better, because that power is sent to a customizable “GR-FOUR” all-wheel drive system born out of Toyota’s rally racing program and WRC competition.

You can choose from a 60/40, 50/50, or 30/70 front/rear power split to fit your driving style and environment. It comes stock with open diffs, but you can get the GR Corolla with optional limited-slip diffs front and back.

Oh, and check this, you can only get the 2023 GR Corolla in a six-speed manual transmission. Yup—Toyota makes it clear that this sport compact is designed for driving enthusiasts.

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For added lightness, the GR Corolla features extensive use of aluminum throughout, with additional weld points and extra structural adhesive to increase the GR Corolla’s chassis rigidity. Up front is a pair of MacPherson-type struts, while a double wishbone multilink setup lives out back. The GR Corolla wears 18 inch wheels, with four-piston calipers and 14 inch rotors in front, and two-piston calipers and 11.7 inch rotors in back.

Here’s the more track-focused “Circuit” Edition. (Image/Toyota)

At launch, the GR Corolla comes in two flavors: a “Core” Edition and a “Circuit” Edition—the latter being the more hardcore track version that comes with additional performance upgrades, including a carbon fiber hood and roof.

Each GR Corolla is built in a dedicated GR Factory in Japan. Toyota says the Core Edition will be available later this year, while the limited-edition Circuit Edition will arrive in 2023.

The “Core” Edition pictured here goes on sale first. (Image/Toyota)
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