Price (as tested) 💲: $39,659
Powertrain ⚙️: 1.6-liter Turbocharged 3-cylinder
Output 💪: 300 hp/273-295 lb-ft of torque
Transmission 🕹: 6-speed Manual
0-60 MPH 🚦: 4.9 seconds
Top Speed 💥: 143 mph
MPG (as tested) ⛽️: 21 city/28 hwy/24 combined
Curb weight ⚖️: 3,252 lbs
Meet the Toyota GRRRRip Machine!
With its variable all-wheel drive system, the 2023 Toyota GR Corolla flips from a confident source of traction to a oversteer instigator at the turn of a dial.
A raucous turbo 3-cylinder sends 300 horses through a manual-exclusive gearbox to be used prudently or playfully by that AWD unit.
Adaptive dampers soften the road’s blows – in concert with squishy sport seats – but can firm up to flatten the body in corners.
Communicative steering and dancing dynamics illicit a massive grin. The Civic Type R is the more precise instrument, but the 2023 Toyota GR Corolla responds better to manhandling. Canyons are great, but this spirited hatch is just a lift kit and a set of all terrain tires away from tearing up your local SCCA Rallycross course.
I’ll pay entry fees if someone provides the parts!