Watch out Golf R, the Toyota GR Corolla Sport could be coming soon!
Eric · May 3, 2021 10:20 AM
If you were too late to buy the now-sold-out Toyota GR Yaris, you’re in for a surprise, as Toyota could very well be introducing a GR-fied Corolla Sport in the near future.
If these renders prove to be correct, the GR Corolla Sport will carry over much of the GR Yaris’ styling cues, including the “functional matrix” front-end and wider rear wheel arches. While it may not be a 3-door model like the little GR Yaris, the bigger sibling sure does look the part.
Under the new bonnet is likely the GR Yaris’ turbocharged 1.6-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, but fettled to output 300 PS and 370 Nm – a healthy 39 PS and 10 Nm increase over the GR Yaris.
Model / Specs
GR Corolla Sport
Rightfully so too, seeing that the GR Corolla Sport tips the scale 60 kg more than the little Yaris (1,340 kg vs 1,280 kg).
Apart from its engine, the GR Corolla Sport is also said to receive the same six-speed manual transmission and 4WD system like the GR Yaris.
These are undoubtedly impressive figures, as it puts the GR Corolla Sport toe-to-toe with the mk8 Volkswagen Golf R. Recall that the latest Golf R produces 320 PS and 420 Nm – impressive figures, but the Golf R also weighs more than the GR Corolla Sport, coming in at 1,551 kg.
In Japan, the GR Corolla Sport is estimated to be priced in the JPY 5 million (~RM 187k) mark; which is considerably higher than the GR Yaris’ JPY 3.96 million (~RM 149k) price tag. That estimated price also puts the GR Corolla Sport above the outgoing VA-generation Subaru WRX STI, which is priced at JPY 4.1 million (~RM 155k).