Only 9 units available: 300 PS Toyota GR Corolla marks ASEAN debut in Thailand, price equals to RM 497k

Sanjay · Dec 1, 2022 03:07 PM

Only 9 units available: 300 PS Toyota GR Corolla marks ASEAN debut in Thailand, price equals to RM 497k 01

Thailand unsurprisingly pips other countries to be the first to launch the Toyota GR Corolla in the ASEAN region, but in very limited numbers: only 9 units of the all-wheel drive (AWD), 300 PS/370 Nm hot hatch are allocated for the country for now.

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Also to no one's surprise, it's not cheap. Announced at the ongoing 39th Thailand International Motor Expo, prices for the GR Corolla in Thailand starts from 3,949,000 THB (circa RM 497k); fully-imported from Japan of course.

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Only 9 units available: 300 PS Toyota GR Corolla marks ASEAN debut in Thailand, price equals to RM 497k 01

We love some bulging arches

Only 4 percent is the price difference between this and the 2023 Honda Civic Type R (FL5) there (estimated THB 3.8 million, circa RM 479k). Good deal or the Thai equivalent of "baik beli...?"

Also read: Estimated to start from RM 478k, Thailand officially launches 2023 Honda Civic Type R (FL5) for the first time

Paired to its 1.6-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine (G16E-GTS) – plucked from the GR Yaris, but makes more power here – is a 6-speed manual transmission, and that's the only gearbox buyers are going to get for now.

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Underneath the satisfyingly thick arches lies an almost-bespoke drivetrain that benefits from Toyota's rally-derived GR-Four AWD system which can split power from 50/50 front:rear to 30/70. A Torsen limited-slip differential (LSD) on each axle adds to its corner-carving résumé.

Also read: Here's your chance to score a Toyota GR Yaris for RM 100k lesser than usual, and it's not a wrecked one too

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Forged carbon roof, Japan-spec model

Enhancements see the GR Corolla get the GR brand's gaping grille up front, a ventilated hood, triple-exit exhaust, 18-inch wheels, as well as a carbon-fibre roof.

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Corolla RZ, as sold in Japan

The interior majorly looks like a regular Corolla, if differentiated by the regular handbrake, and it should get a 12.3-inch full-LCD digital instrument cluster as its Japanese counterparts do.

Also read: Review: Toyota GR Yaris - Drive this, and the Golf R or A35 becomes a distant memory

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USA-market model shown; there's the fancy new digital gauge

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity stays on through its 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, adding to the host of other GR-specific cabin touches that include unique upholstery on the bespoke steering wheel and seats.

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Perhaps Malaysia will be next? It's an open secret that the Toyota GR Corolla is set to launch in Malaysia sometime in the first quarter of 2023. Prices are yet to be confirmed, but the Mk8 Volkswagen Golf R’s RM 356,412 price serves as a reasonable benchmark.

Also read: Malaysia-bound Toyota GR Corolla could be cheaper than the RM 391k VW Golf R Mk8

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Sanjay

Senior Writer

With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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