The arrival of the Toyota GR Yaris has caused a lot of ink to flow, especially because this little bomb will never be marketed here. Indeed, the marketing of a 4-wheel drive subcompact powered by a Toyota turbo engine is good news for performance enthusiasts. It looks like Toyota has something more spectacular in store for our market, all under a Corolla body.
Rumors surrounding the production of a Toyota Corolla powered by the mechanics of the GR Yaris materialize.
Everything is still speculation, but several American and Japanese media say that Toyota is about to market a Corolla hatchback powered by the same 1.6-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder engine.
However, unlike previous rumors of a reduction in engine power for our market, it looks like Toyota is in the process of seeing how it can squeeze even more power out of this small engine. In the GR Yaris, we\’re talking about 257 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, which is already interesting, but Toyota would target 300 horsepower for the Corolla.
The Japanese site Car Sensor seems to have all the details on this supercharged Corolla. It would even be called Corolla Sport GRMN , and the article in question explains that our version will be equipped with the same all-wheel drive and the same 6-speed manual gearbox; she would even receive widened tracks (and wings) like her little sister.
And if those rumors come to fruition, this Corolla could retail for somewhere between $ 38,000 and $ 45,000, which would make it a strong competitor to other sporty compacts like the Hyundai Veloster N, Honda Civic Type R and Subaru WRX STI.
Toyota remains silent on the possibility of such a car on our market. Remember that the manufacturer recently unveiled the sporty GR 86 , the twin sister of the Subaru BRZ . If another sports car was planned for the manufacturer, its unveiling would not take place until the end of the year. To be continued.