2023 Toyota GR Corolla Preview

The GR Corolla uses a version of the engine used in the GR Yaris in other markets, the turbocharged G16E-GTS. It is a small engine with a displacement of just 1.6 liters from a three-cylinder block. But refined motorsport techniques squeeze 300 hp out of it. That power is sent exclusively through a six-speed manual gearbox with speed adjustment to support smooth shifts. No automatic transmission is offered.

All that power is channeled to the four corners via Toyota’s first high-performance all-wheel drive system in over two decades. It was developed by the World Rally Championship factory team. It was developed for racing and offers optimized traction in bad weather, on track and off-road. It has multiple rider-selectable settings to balance power distribution.

For everyday driving, Toyota recommends a 60/40 percent split, which sends most of the torque to the front wheels. In performance driving, a 30/70 percent split pushes more power rearward, aiding overall driving dynamics. For competition, an even 50/50 split is ideal.

The Circuit Edition adds front and rear limited-slip differentials to distribute power left and right to maximize traction. This upgrade is available through the Core Fairing Performance Pack.

The powerful Michelin Pilot Sport 4 (235/40R18) ultra-high-performance summer tires improve grip. And to bring the speed back down are massive ventilated slotted disc brakes (14 inches front, 11.7 inches rear).

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