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2023 Toyota GR Corolla debuts alongside limited-run Circuit Edition

Toyota's red hot GR Corolla arrives stateside later this year with 300 horsepower and rally-tuned all-wheel drive.

Antuan Goodwin
Antuan Goodwin gained his automotive knowledge the old fashioned way, by turning wrenches in a driveway and picking up speeding tickets. From drivetrain tech and electrification to car audio installs and cabin tech, if it's on wheels, Antuan is knowledgeable.
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We didn't get access to the rally-bred Toyota GR Yaris here in the US, but the freshly debuted 2023 Toyota GR Corolla looks to be an exceptional -- and perhaps even more desirable -- consolation prize.

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The GR Corolla is powered by Toyota's turbocharged 1.6-liter, 3-cylinder engine codenamed G16E-GTS. In this spec, the powerplant outputs 300 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.

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The automaker's rally-bred GR Four all-wheel-drive system is standard equipment with a customizable power distribution. Drivers can select from a 60/40, 50/50 or 30/70 front-to-rear torque split with the twist of a knob.

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The GR Corolla will be available in two trims: Core and the limited-run Circuit Edition. A manual transmission with rev-matching is standard equipment for both.

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The Corolla's chassis has been stiffened and lowered for the GR model. And there's the eye-catching wide body kit with broad, flared fenders at all four corners. 

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Peeking our from beneath the rear bumper is a valved exhaust with three brushed stainless steel tips. 

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The Circuit Edition features front and rear Torsen limited-slip differentials that improve cornering grip. Core examples can also be equipped with the LSDs as part of its Performance Package.

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The Circuit Edition is available in an exclusive Heavy Metal exterior finish, as well as white and Supersonic Red. It'll also feature a forged carbon roof, a more pronounced hood with functional vents and a rear spoiler. Core Grade examples can be had in white, black or red.

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Pricing hasn't been announced, but we expect to learn more closer to the GR Corolla's arrival later this year. I reckon for this level of promised performance, it'll leave a fair bit of breathing room under the Supra's $44,000 MSRP.

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The 2023 Toyota GR Corolla will be built in Toyota's dedicated GR Performance Factory in Motomachi, Japan alongside the GR Yaris.

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