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2023 Toyota GR Corolla gets even more exclusive and hardcore with two-seat hyper hatch

The GR Corolla two-seater has 30Nm more torque than the standard car.

Toyota Australia has secured allocation of a hardcore two-seat version of the GR Corolla known as the Morizo Edition in overseas markets.

What the local division end up calling the variant is still unclear, but it is referenced as the GR Corolla two-seater in marketing materials.

Also unknown is exactly how many will be available, with Toyota Australia simply announcing “limited allocation for the first year of production”, and that it will arrive in 2023 after order books for all GR Corollas open before the end of this year.

Sharing the same 1.6-litre turbo-petrol three-cylinder engine as the standard GR Corolla, the two-seater produces the same power – which is 220kW for Australian cars and 224kW for international versions.

However, torque is increased by 30Nm to a 400Nm maximum available from 3250-4600rpm.

Gearing has also been tweaked to make use of the extra torque, with lower ratios in first, second and third “to provide a particularly engaging driving feel”, according to Toyota.

Other changes in the GR Corolla two-seater include inverted monotube shock absorbers, Toyota Gazoo Racing-branded 18-inch BBS forged wheels and wider Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

With the removal of the rear seats, replaced with extra body bracing, the two-seater is 30kg lighter than its more practical sibling, tipping the scales at 1440kg.

A six-speed manual gearbox with rev-matching technology, Toyota’s GR-Four all-wheel-drive system, front and rear Torsen limited-slip differentials, and four/two-pot front/rear brakes all carryover from the base GR Corolla.

Inside, the two-seater is differentiated by semi-bucket seats, suede steering wheel and centre console, and blacked-out interior, while only one exterior colour is available – Metallic Matte Grey.

Pricing is still to be confirmed for the GR Corolla two-seater, but initial pricing for the GR Corolla places it around $70,000 driveaway, extending to $80,000 with all the options ticked.

As such, the GR Corolla two-seater could be even more expensive as a limited-edition halo variant.