There will soon be a new addition to the Toyota South Africa Motors’ (TSAM) Gazoo Racing stable when the GR Corolla hot hatch arrives in the second quarter of 2023, joining the GR Supra, GR Yaris and GR86, which are already available in the country.
“We can safely say that Toyota’s philosophy of building fun-to-drive cars is clear to see. With the GR brand’s motorsport DNA, the new GR Corolla promises to deliver on just what driving enthusiasts really want: high-performance turbocharged power, agile and dynamic handling and, of course, the looks to match,” says Glenn Crompton, Vice President of Marketing at TSAM.
The GR Corolla is built on Toyota’s GA-C platform with enhanced frame reinforcements developed specifically for the GR Corolla at the Motomachi plant in Japan. The Motomachi facility is the birthplace of legends such as the Lexus LFA and Supra A80 and is now home to the first GR production line, where GR Corolla and GR Yaris vehicles are assembled.
Under the bonnet of the GR Corolla, the G16E-GTS 1.6-litre three-cylinder turbo-charged engine has been enhanced to suit the larger hatch, with a 12% increase in power to 221kW. Mated exclusively to an intelligent six-speed manual transmission, the GR Corolla employs the GR-Four all-wheel-drive system developed through Toyota’s involvement in the World Rally Championship.