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White 2023 Toyota GR Corolla.

Your Exclusive Look at the First-Ever Toyota GR Corolla

Posted at Fri, Apr 15, 2022 9:00 AM

With accolades for the revived Supra already under its belt, Toyota’s performance vehicle division, Gazoo Racing, has turned its detail-oriented attention to the Corolla hatchback. The end result is the 2023 GR Corolla, a stylish and powerful take on the hatchback that is already commanding attention in automotive circles. There is so much going on with this GR-tuned version of the Corolla that we here at Westbury Toyota have written up a quick overview of some of the highlights so that you can get as excited as we are!

Packing a Punch Under the Hood

The 2023 GR Corolla boasts a turbo-charged, three cylinder engine that is surprisingly both lightweight and compact. The engine delivers an impressive 300 horsepower (hp) and 273 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque and is designed to give drivers quick, precise acceleration when coming out of corners. The peak output is right around 3,000 - 5,000 revolutions per minute (rpm), with max horsepower being obtained right around 6,500 rpm. This blistering, exciting power is funneled through the GR Corolla’s unique triple exhaust that is specifically engineered to lessen backpressure and deliver the most power possible. The design of this exhaust system, which is capped off with brushed stainless steel tips, allows for a reduction in both exhaust pressure and outside noise.

This incredible G16-E engine is paired together with the GR-Four All-Wheel Drive (AWD) drivetrain, which is a system that was developed with rally racing in mind. This system lets drivers choose between 60-40, 50-50, or 30-70 power distribution to front and rear wheels. By simply twisting a dial, the driver can adjust the car’s performance for adverse weather conditions. The 60-40 setting is for day-to-day driving, while the 30-70 distribution is more tuned for roads that have a lot of curves, and the 50-50 distribution is for competitive driving on circuits or other special locations. Regardless of what mode is in use, the car’s torque will be automatically balanced in direct response to driver input, road conditions, and vehicle behavior.

Additionally, The GR Corolla will be available only with a manual transmission, as noted in the official Toyota GR Corolla press release, which is a direct homage to its rally racing heritage.

Exclusive, Aerodynamic Styling

The 2023 GR Corolla has been built on Toyota’s GA-C platform, which includes reinforcements made to the frame that were tailored specifically for this car at the Gazoo Racing Factory. The GR Corolla will also have aerodynamic features and functional exterior air vents, both of which will support stability while steering.

There are going to be two grades for the GR Corolla: The Core and the Circuit Edition. Becoming available later on this year, the Core grade will feature two colors, Supersonic Red and Black, and will also have a color-keyed roof in addition to a black rear lip spoiler. You can also expect to see the GR-Four logo on the wide-fender flares and side rockers, and on the interior, the seats will have GR logo fabric.

The Circuit grade is going to be a limited-run model that becomes available next year. The standard color options are Supersonic Red, White, and Heavy Metal, and they will all feature the same wide fenders and side rockers as the Core grade. Exclusive to the Circuit grade are a vented bulge hood, sporty rear spoiler, forged carbon fiber roof, Brin Naub suede-trimmed sport seats, and an exclusive shift knob sporting Morizo’s signature.

The First and Boldest of its Kind

As you can see, there is a lot to be excited about with the 2023 GR Corolla. This audacious take on the hatchback has been engineered to deliver the utmost in handling and speed while staying true to its rally racing roots. Connect with us today to find out how you can secure a GR Corolla of your own when these exciting new vehicles make their way to the streets of Long Island.

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