Toyota will expand its much-anticipated GR Corolla sports car range in Australia, with a new and even more track-focused two-seater variant, featuring increased body rigidity, lower weight and boosted torque.
Due to arrive in Australia in 2023, with a limited allocation for the first year of production, the two-seater will join its four-seat performance sibling, with the ordering process for both variants of this exciting new model to be announced in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Toyota Australia Vice President Sales, Marketing and Franchise Operations Sean Hanley said the introduction of the two-seater GR Corolla would provide owners with an even more intense driving experience on track.
“The introduction of GR Corolla to Australia demonstrates Toyota’s commitment to continue delivering exciting new vehicles, with racing DNA at their core,” Toyota Australia VP sales, marketing and franchise operations, Sean Hanley said.
“With its increased torque and lighter weight, the new two-seater GR Corolla, will enhance the GR brand even further by offering performance enthusiasts an even more focused version of our new hot hatch.”
The GR Corolla two-seater features a range of performance tweaks compared to its four-seater sibling, starting with torque boosted by 30Nm to a maximum 400Nm for the turbocharged 1.6-litre three-cylinder engine. Peak power (224kW) remains unchanged.
Engineers went even further to ensure the extra 30Nm could be put to good use, with lower-geared differential ratios and the use of closer ratios for first, second and third gears to provide a particularly engaging driving feel.
As the name suggests, the rear seats have been removed on the new variant and replaced by body reinforcement braces that have resulted in an overall weight reduction of 30kg.
More than 3.3 metres of additional structural adhesive has also been applied throughout the vehicle to further enhance body rigidity. Tyres have been upgraded to high-grip 245/40R18 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber as well.
These offer 10mm-wider tread than the standard GR Corolla, for excellent cornering grip. Complementing these is an upgraded suspension system, with monotube shock absorbers fitted to the rear multi-link suspension.
Inverted monotube shock absorbers for the front MacPherson strut set-up will also enhance driveability. Inside, front occupants are bolstered by exclusive semi-bucket seats, with a cast-black paint ornamentation on the instrument panel and doors.
The use of Ultrasuede upholstery on the steering wheel and centre console, also add to the two-seater’s dynamic appeal. The two-seater will include an option for an exclusive Metallic Matte Grey exterior hue.
More details on the GR Corolla two-seater will be released closer to the model’s Australian launch in 2023.