A 2-seater model that takes the GR Corolla to the extreme.
Gazoo Racing (GR), Toyota’s high-performance brand, has used their experience in motorsports to produce the ultimate hot hatch, the GR Corolla.
The aim for this car was to create exceptional performance, able to take on any rival. The base chassis of the Corolla Sport has had its front track widened by 60mm and the rear by 85mm increasing cornering performance. Additionally, to increase rigidity in hard cornering, 349 extra structural spot welds have been added.
The powerplant is the same 1.6L 3-cylinder turbo dynamic force engine that was highly praised in the GR Yaris. The power output has been improved by decreasing exhaust flow resistance, exceeding the GR Yaris’ figure at a maximum 300BHP. The drivetrain meanwhile uses an active torque split four-wheel drive system with a Torsen LSD. Subsequently, the car manages to achieve both an exceptional level of stability and high maneuverability.
Though the GR Corolla introduced as the highest ever spec Corolla, a radical special model was also introduced at its debut, the ‘MORIZO Edition’. MORIZO is the nickname of incumbent Toyota Motor Corporation chairman and master driver, Akio Toyoda. This limited-edition model was born from Toyoda’s wish to ‘bring back Corollas that turn heads.’
To save weight, the MORIZO Edition has had the rear seats removed, effectively becoming a 2-seater model. It also uses a unique close-ratio transmission and final gear setup, and the maximum boost from the turbocharger has been increased to improve peak torque. Along with unique forged wheels and monotube suspension dampers, this model achieves a whole new level of performance.
In an automotive world moving towards electrification and automation, the GR Corolla is a one-of-a-kind vehicle that showcases the classic beauty of the simple internal combustion engine.