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News 296 hp Toyota GR Corolla Reports Surface in Japan

296 hp Toyota GR Corolla Reports Surface in Japan

300 hp AWD Corolla?

  • GR Yaris but bigger, more powerful, and cheaper?

  • Corolla variant could be more likely to see North American dealers


Rumours of a Toyota Corolla GR are circling once again, thanks to a new report from Japan that will give the suddenly sporting Corolla the driveline from the GR Yaris along with the wider body and other performance changes that have made that piece of forbidden fruit so tasty.

With 257 hp from the 1.6 litre turbo-triple that sits under the short hood of the Toyota GR Yaris, it doesn’t seem like there’s much more to be extracted. Unless it comes at the price of reliability and a warranty, of course, but that’s not an area where Toyota is known to venture. Still, the report from Carsensor.net says that Toyota is setting a target of 296 hp (a nice, round 300PS) for the GR Corolla. It’s a power figure that would launch it ahead of hot hatches like the VW Golf GTI, though a 300 hp GR that got the Yaris’s Gazoo Racing AWD system would then be facing off against the likes of the Golf R and maybe even Audi S3.

A six-speed stick with rev-matching is also likely for the car, as is a wider body that gives the car room for massive tires, much like its Yaris counterpart. Carsensor suggests a wider nose opening as well as both fender and hood vents to make the rally rolla stand out.

Surprisingly, the report also suggests that the GR Corolla could be cheaper than the Yaris, though doesn’t suggest why. It says that the GR Yaris sells for 3.96 to 4.56 million yen (CAD $46,000-$53,000), while the Corolla version could come in at a relative bargain 3.5 to 4 million yen ($40,000-46,000). Not exactly a cheap Corolla, but this is the performance hot hatch big leagues. A GR Corolla is likely an easier sell here, since it’s not the absolutely tiny Yaris. Also because the standard Corolla is sold here, whereas the Japan and Europe-spec Yaris is not.

When could we see it? Who knows, but we’ll hope for soon.

 

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