From the minute it was declared (essentially, due to the fact the second its minor Yaris sibling was announced), we’ve been aching to get a flavor of the 2023 Toyota GR Corolla. And we lastly bought a temporary, but fairly intensive style thanks to Toyota and skilled drifter Ryan Tuerck. In conjunction with the company’s summit and Toyota Sequoia first push occasion (stay tuned for that upcoming week), we got to knowledge a sizzling lap in the incredibly hot hatch with Tuerck at Eagles Canyon raceway. It was only one lap, and we were being only granted obtain to the passenger seat, but that nevertheless leaves us with a number of points to share.
Initial off is that the GR Corolla sounds terrific. The 300-horsepower turbo 3-cylinder motor is remarkably sleek sounding with a deep growl. It also seems fairly eager to rev. At whole bore and seeking to maintain from flinging all around the cabin, it was tough to detect any sizeable turbo sound. It is relatively loud, but not obnoxiously so, in particular from the exterior. It’ll be exciting to see what its like in normal driving and cruising on the freeway.
Handling clever, the motor vehicle has some gentle overall body roll, but that’s currently being driven significantly difficult and rapidly. Odds are it’s going to sense even extra flat on community roads. And a excursion about some curbing demonstrated that it truly is reasonably compliant heading tricky above a horrible bump and it stayed highly planted and controlled. It does appear to be like the car or truck understeers a bit when pushed, but the rear close appears to be simple adequate to deliver all-around. This was in the default 50/50 entrance/rear torque break up. Tuerck verified that it’s going to get the again conclude about considerably simpler shifting the torque rearward. And at least from the passenger seat, it appears like it really is pretty predictable and risk-free at the restrict, delivering a lot of warning that you happen to be operating out of grip. Tuerck also reported as significantly and complimented the car’s suggestions.
That’s about all we can tell with no obtaining at the rear of the wheel ourselves. And we very seriously won’t be able to wait to do so. The specs by yourself had us drooling, and now that we’ve gotten so near, we are going to be counting the minutes till we get to it once more.