The outputs for Toyota's fire-breathing GR Corolla hot hatch have reportedly been leaked in the USA, with reports the brand's newest performance vehicle will out-punch the GR Yaris despite sharing its engine.
According to multiple international outlets, a dealer memo has been circulated on forums that finally shines the light on what to expect from the new GR Corolla. And the news is only good, with the brand's new hot hatch to be more hardcore than we had initially anticipated.
While it may yet be offered in multiple trim levels, these new reports point specifically to the GR Corolla Rallye, which will reportedly benefit from the GR Yaris' 1.6-litre turbo-petrol three-cylinder engine.
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But while in the smaller car, that engine is good for a potent 200kW of power and 370Nm of torque, reports now point to the GR Corolla getting a power boost, with the Rally edition to fire out a whopping 224kW.
And the good news doesn't end there, with the performance Rally vehicle also getting a rear-seat delete option, as well as a manual transmission.
Japanese media also points to the GR Corolla adopting the GR Yaris' GR-FOUR 4WD system, as well as weight-saving body panels and Toyota's TNGA platform as standard, as well as the option of LSDs.
"It’s wasting time to use a four-wheel drive system and this 1.6-litre engine (for one car). Personally, I’d like to use this powertrain for each of the other (GR) models," Toyota Yaris GR's chief engineer, Naohiko Saito, told us at that car's launch in Portugal.
What the email doesn't say, unfortunately, is when. Though media have pointed to a late 2022 arrival for the brand's new GR vehicle. And while Toyota in Australia is yet to officially confirm the vehicle for Australia, you can pretty much bet on it getting an Australian launch.
"We’d just need to make the numbers stack up. If the business case stacks up, then for sure," a Toyota spokesperson told CarsGuide. "We know that there is a market for performance hatches in that segment, we’d just need to make the numbers stack up."