Brutal! We will not see the Toyota GR Corolla in Spain, so we will settle for listening to how good it sounds rolling on fire on the circuit

Clearly, Toyota has redeemed itself. After a streak without making a single passionate car, the Japanese brand has turned the tables to give shape to a complete catalog with all kinds of alternatives for motor lovers. The Gazoo Racing sports division is in charge of developing this range.

The latest model to be incorporated is the Toyota GR Corolla, a compact sports car with 304 hp, all-wheel drive and manual transmission that, unfortunately, will not reach Europe. At least for now. A few months after its presentation, it already has a price in the United States and we have been able to see it -and hear it- in action on the circuit.

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To the Toyota GR Yaris, the Toyota GR Supra and the Toyota GR 86 has just been added a fourth sporty Toyota. It is called Toyota GR Corolla and it is the only one of the four that is not sold on our continent. Although its DNA could not be more Japanese, it has been developed for the United States, where its price has just been announced.

Three versions of the Toyota GR Corolla will go on sale over the next few weeks. The access ticket will have a starting price of $36,995the Circuit variant will start at $43,995 and the special Morizo ​​Edition will start at $50,995.

If we convert to euros at the current exchange rate, they are 37,265 euros, 44,316 euros and 51,368 euros. It makes no sense to compare its price with what it could have in Spain because taxes in the United States they have nothing to do with those of our country, but it is worth knowing what their equivalent in euros is.

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What we can do is compare the price of the Toyota GR Corolla in the United States with that of the Volkswagen Golf R in the same country: from 44,090 dollars (from 56,615 euros in Spain). It makes sense because, until the arrival of the new Honda Civic Type R, which is still priceless, the German is the GR Corolla’s main rival.

It should be remembered that the Toyota has a gasoline engine of three cylinders and 1.6 liters turbo that develops 304 hp, all-wheel drive and manual transmission. For its part, the Volkswagen uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline block that delivers 320 hp, also with all-wheel drive, but with automatic transmission.

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But, although the numbers are similar, the Toyota has a completely different approach. While the Golf is more versatile and bourgeois, the Japanese is designed for circuit.

Already in the Circuit version mounts two limited-slip differentialsvariable torque split for the all-wheel drive system, Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires, and more capable brakes than the base GR Corolla.

The Morizo ​​Edition goes further. This special series pays tribute to the Toyota president, Akio Toyoda, known as Morizo. He is probably responsible for a more petrolhead brand and Toyota has seen fit to borrow his alias to name the most extreme version of the GR Corolla.

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The result is a rally car that can drive on the street. In addition to having a gear knob signed by Morizo ​​and a special suede and leather upholstery, it mounts tires Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 and tighten the engine nuts to deliver 30Nm more torque, up to a maximum of 400Nm.

Furthermore, it is 48kg lighter, so it weighs 1,445 kg. It achieves this by dispensing with interior insulation and rear seats, among other things. Instead, it adds a reinforcement bar between the rear suspension struts, like the one on the latest Mini John Cooper Works GP.

On paper, all this sounds wonderful and leads us to think that we are facing one of the sports compacts of the moment, at least if we focus on those of generalist brands. Now, a video posted on the YouTube channel of Larry Chen it makes our teeth even longer.

You just have to listen to it to get an idea of ​​how beast the new Toyota compact is. You have to remember that what is hidden under the hood is the same three-cylinder mechanical of the Toyota GR Yaris.

It is true that the GR Corolla has 43 hp more, but it sounds much better than its little brother, with special mention to the prominence of the turbo every time discharge pressure. Now we just need to pray that it reaches our market and we can see what it is capable of in the first person.

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