Model Details

Toyota Corolla GR Sport

  • Brand: Toyota
  • Body Type: Convertible
The Toyota GR Corolla Japanese: ????GR????, Hepburn: Toyota J??ru Kar?ra is a high-performance hot hatch variant of the E210 series Corolla compact hatchback. The vehicle is manufactured by Toyota with assistance from the company’s Gazoo Racing GR performance division.

The GR Corolla was introduced on March 31, 2022. The GR Corolla is built mainly for the North American market as Europe received the GR Yaris which is not sold in Canada and the United States. Both vehicles are assembled at the GR Factory inside the Motomachi plant, a production line dedicated to GR-branded vehicles. Aside from North America, the GR Corolla is also sold in Japan, Thailand limited to nine units, and Malaysia. It will be sold later in Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil.

In 2020, Toyota unveiled the GR Yaris, a hatchback developed by the company’s Gazoo Racing GR division for its World Rally Championship WRC team.[3] It is not sold in the United States and Canada because the regular Yaris, upon which it is nominally based, isn’t sold in those markets due to lack of demand.

The decision led to years of speculation that Toyota would eventually bring a hot hatch to the United States and Canada. The introduction of the vehicle was delayed by a year, because Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda, an accomplished racing driver, was not satisfied with the tuning of a prototype, and asked the GR team to make changes. Development of the vehicle was led by chief engineer Naoyuki Sakamoto.

On March 31, 2022, the GR Corolla was introduced, which while based on the larger E210 series Corolla compact hatchback, includes several features originally developed for the GR Yaris. The vehicle is powered by the 1.6-liter G16E-GTS turbocharged straight-three engine that powers the GR Yaris. The version of the engine found in the GR Yaris makes up to 200 kW 268 hp; 272 PS, but the version for the GR Corolla generates 220–224 kW 295–300 hp; 299–304 PS and 370–400 N⋅m 273–295 lb⋅ft of torque. Among other strategies to achieve this increased power output, the GR Corolla’s engine uses larger exhaust valves and three tailpipes for reduced backpressure.[6][7] A six-speed manual transmission is standard in the GR Corolla.

The GR Corolla also uses the GR-Four all-wheel drive system first developed for the GR Yaris. The standard setting is a 60:40 front to rear torque distribution, but it can go as rear-wheel biased as 30:70.

The vehicle is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 suite of advanced driver-assistance systems and Toyota’s updated audio multimedia system that debuted on the XK70 series Tundra.

The GR Corolla is produced alongside the GR Yaris at the GR Factory inside Toyota’s Motomachi plant. Unlike most automobile plants, the GR Factory does not use a conveyor belt assembly line. Instead, vehicles are built at stations with more manual assembly processes. The GR Factory employs experienced technicians recruited from throughout the company.