Everyday car performance editions are all the rage right now. It’s easy to find hot SUVs, sedans, and pickups from multiple manufacturers, but we can’t forget the hot hatchback. The prospect of a functional, practical car that can go fast around corners is appealing on many levels, but Toyota is poised to take the category to new heights in the United States. The GR Corolla is a rally sedan with an advanced All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system and aggressive styling.
The car shares much of its underlying engineering with the smaller GR Yaris sedan available in other markets around the world. The small, turbocharged 3-cylinder engine produces a whopping 300 horsepower, and the car’s AWD system can move the power to the wheels that need it most.
Unlike the standard Corolla, which is mass-produced on an assembly line, technicians at the Gazoo Racing factory in Motomachi, Japan build the GR. The facility produced the Lexus LFA and new Supra and now houses a production line for the GR Corolla and Yaris. Think of the GR factory as something of a flagship production facility for Toyota, and the automaker notes that GR cars take longer to build due to the level of attention required by each. The GR Corolla will land later in 2022 as a 2023 model. A first-year Circuit Edition will debut in 2023.