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An alleged dealership memo just leaked the 2023 Toyota GR Corolla’s release date
When Toyota officially revealed the 2023 GR Corolla a few months ago, it didn’t mention a specific release date. It did say the base model, the Core Grade, would arrive sometime later in 2022, with the Circuit Edition following in 2023. However, a leaked memo might have just put the GR Corolla’s release timeline into clearer focus.
A few days ago, a GR Corolla Forum user posted a screenshot of an alleged internal dealership memo, Motor1 reports. The supposed memo lists when certain 2023-model-year Toyotas are supposed to arrive at the dealership, which isn’t named. And according to the memo, the 2023 GR Corolla will hit dealerships in October alongside the regular 2023 Corolla Hatchback.
As of this writing, Toyota hasn’t commented on the memo’s authenticity. However, an official Toyota spokesperson told Motor1 that the company “’can’t confirm an on-sale at this time.’”
That’s a typical response in these situations, though given how supply-chain issues have delayed other launches recently, it’s a valid one. But at the very least, the memo details do generally line up with Toyota’s initial GR Corolla release date claims. And model-year changeovers usually happen in the fall or winter anyway, so an October arrival makes logical sense.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Under the hood of the GR Corolla is a turbocharged three-cylinder engine plucked from the from the GR Yaris—a hatchback that the Japanese automaker sells in global markets outside of the United States. For the GR Corolla it was tuned-up to make 300 horsepower—an eye-opening 185.4 horsepower per liter, and 43 horsepower more than it makes in the GR Yaris. A six-speed manual is the only transmission available, and all models come with Toyota’s GR-Four all-wheel drive system. The GR-Four system allows the driver to choose between different power-distribution modes, starting with a 60/40 front-to-rear split for everyday driving to up to 30/70 to allow for drifting antics; a 50/50 split option is intended to provide maximum traction for racing. Current examples of the Corolla, even sporty SE and XSE models, don’t offer remotely racy handling or performance, but upgrades to the GR’s suspension and powertrain make it a legitimate contender in the sport compact car segment. The Circuit Edition trim comes standard with front and rear limited slip differentials; the base Core model offers those as an option. The limited-edition Morizo is a track-focused model that comes with lighter-weight forged wheels, a retuned engine that produces 295 lb-ft of torque (the standard model makes 273 lb-ft), a uniquely calibrated suspension, and ultra-sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2rubber.
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Infotainment and Connectivity
An 8.0-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be standard and also includes Amazon Alexa capability and an on-board Wi-Fi hotspot. The Technology package on Core models adds an eight-speaker JBL stereo system, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and in-dash navigation; these items are all standard on the Circuit Edition.
Engineers were tasked with building a beast that would be better than the infamous “All-Trac Turbo” that cemented Toyota into the Rally Racing Record Books of the 1990s. They more than succeeded.
Toyota established a dedicated GR Factory at its production facility in Motomachi, Japan. It’s the birthplace of legends such as the Lexus LFA and Supra A80 and is now home to the first GR production line, where GR Corolla and GR Yaris are precision built.