Only 200 units of the 2023 Toyota GR Corolla Morizo Edition will be built in the first year.
Its turbocharged 1.6L three-cylinder engine produces 300 horsepower.
No back seat, no rear speakers, no rear window wiper for a 100-pound weight drop.
The Toyota GR Corolla is proof that the hot hatch segment is still alive, and after its world debut two months ago, the Japanese brand has just launched the 2023 GR Corolla Morizo Edition, which is even hotter and a lot more exclusive as only 200 units will be built during its launch year—including 10 units for Canada.
While the Core and Circuit Edition variants are equipped with a turbocharged 1.6L inline-three engine that develops 300 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, feeding all four wheels through a six-speed manual transmission, the Morizo takes things up a notch or two. Peak torque climbs to 295 pound-feet between 3,250 and 4,600 rpm, and a close-ratio six-speed gearbox has been fitted as well.
That’s in addition to the GR Corolla Morizo’s MacPherson front and double wishbone multilink rear suspension, 14-inch (358 mm) front and 11.7-inch (298 mm) rear ventilated brake discs, front brake ducts, front and rear Torsen limited-slip differentials as well as matte black 18-inch wheels wrapped in 245/40R18 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The GR-Four system offers various torque split settings, including 60/40, 50/50 and 30/70 front to rear, respectively.
To make the 2023 Toyota GR Corolla Morizo even lighter, the back seats were ditched, as were the rear-door speakers, rear window regulator as well as the rear wiper and its motor. Curb weight rings in at 3,186 pounds (1,445 kilograms), about 100 less than the 3,292-pound Circuit Edition. Both of these variants also get a carbon fibre roof.
Inside, the Morizo Edition features a black cockpit with red trimmings, Brin Naub suede and leather upholstery with red stitching and red mesh inserts, aluminum pedals, along with a height-adjustable driver’s seat. It also gets Toyota’s new infotainment system with 8.0-inch touchscreen and over-the-air updates that’s standard across all 2023 Corolla trim levels, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless phone charging, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and the brand’s Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 that rounds up autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and motorcyclist detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, automatic high beams and road sign assist.
For those of you who are wondering, Morizo was Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda’s alias when the company unofficially starting its racing development activities back in 2007. The team was called Gazoo Racing.
Pricing is not yet available, but the 2023 Toyota GR Corolla Morizo Edition will be built in Japan and should arrive sometime in 2023, ready to compete with the new-generation Honda Civic Type R, the Hyundai Veloster N and the Volkswagen Golf R. Canadian-spec units will be available with Matte Gray paint, while the Windchill Pearl and Matte Gray will be offered in the United States.