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The 2023 Toyota GR Corolla is a Legit Hot Hatch | MotorWeek First Drive

It’s the hot hatch that we’ve all been waiting for…the 2023 Toyota GR Corolla! Our Greg Carloss hits the track in Salt Lake City, Utah for a First Drive. #Toyota #ToyotaGRCorolla #GRCorolla @Toyota USA

Motorweek is made possible by lucas oil tyrorack.com and rockauto.com all right so this is the hot hat from toyota all the enthusiasts in america have been waiting for the gr corolla about to head out to the track here just outside of salt lake city utah whoa whoa whoa easy there eager beaver let’s at least introduce the car before we get into what it can

Do on the track as i said this is the 2023 toyota gr corolla toyota’s third model in the states to wear the gazoo racing badge the heat from this hot hatch comes from a 1.6 liter three cylinder turbo swiped from the gr yaris which is forbidden fruit here in america lucky for us toyota squeezed a little more juice out of it for the gr corolla as it now rates 300

Horsepower and up to 295 pound-feet of torque we’ll get into that in a bit but for now let’s get back on track so the gr corolla does have an all-wheel drive system right now there are three settings there’s the default which is a 60 40 front to rear bias right now i’m in 50 50 split torque and you can also go 30 front and 70 to the rear i prefer to keep it

With the torque split to 70 percent to the rear 30 to the front as opposed to 50 front and back i just i like the feel better i feel like i have more control we go to a tighter corner and you can feel the front end the limited slip front differential that’s front and rear you get that standard on the one year only circuit edition but here on this core model it’s

A performance option and i would highly recommend it the front and rear limited slip differentials are part of a 1 180 performance package which also includes four piston front brakes with red painted gr logo calipers and 14 inch ventilated and slotted rotors given the core model’s base price of just under thirty seven thousand dollars adding the performance pack

Still keeps it well below forty grand this one year only circuit edition on the other hand starts at forty three thousand nine hundred ninety five dollars and adds a forged carbon fiber roof functional air ducts on the hood as well as suede inserted sport seats in the cabin regardless of trim transmission is a six-speed manual only standard of course though with

This manual transmission and intelligent manual transmission if toyota calls it imt is an active rev matching feature but if you want it you have to turn it on i have it on right now down in the third quick clip of the throttle for me that was all the car perfect downshift throws are short and have a solid feel the slightly heavier than average clutch fell right

Into my sweet spot although the engagement point was a little high for my liking while pushing the car on the track i appreciate the digital gauge clusters easy to read at a quick glance nature in the sound well i’ll let you be the judge outside the car at idle there’s a deep rumble controlled by a centralized third exhaust pipe which remains open up until 20

Miles per hour when it closes only to open up again at 4500 rpm which toyota says reduces back pressure at lower speeds there’s quite a bit of turbo noise especially when letting off the throttle speaking of that single scroll turbo max boost is set at 25.2 psi in the core and circuit models while the merizo edition ups it to 26.3 psi that’s supposedly enough to

Hit 60 in less than five seconds but that’s not the whole story of the morizo edition right away in this morizo edition it just feels more responsive that throttle tip in and a lot more front end grip wow back to the torque rating i mentioned earlier the morizo edition spins up 295 pound-feet of torque compared to the core and circuits 273 pound-feet it peaks a

Tad later on the rev band but there’s a noticeable difference as it pulls through the mid-range as for the grip it’s aided not just by stickier michelin pilot sport cup twos but by stiffer spring rates on the front mcpherson suspension yeah i’m carrying a lot more speed in the corners just in the morizo edition and we’ll go hard breaking the third yeah the grip’s

There so the question i had coming into this drive was is the gr corolla a legit hot hatch that rivals golf r civic type r and pretty quickly my question was answered it is a legit hot hatch so then the question becomes is the 50 000 morizo edition worth the extra money over the entry level model well if you’re into exclusivity but not rear seats the answer

Is yes because toyota is only selling 200 of them in the us and each one jettisons the back seat in the interest of weight savings but if you’re into the best bang for the buck and have more than one friend the gr corolla core model is one healthy heap of hot hatch fun and it’ll hit dealers this fall with the morizo and circuit editions to follow in 2023 in the

Meantime keep it locked on motorweek for more on the gr corolla and others soon you

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