Get ready! The Toyota GR Corolla is almost here. In fact, Toyota just announced that its official unveiling is set for this Thursday, March 31 at 9:30 p.m. EST. To get the public salivating before that fateful date, the Japanese automaker just released a couple of teaser images and a video for our visual pleasure and curiosity.
The Toyota GR Corolla teaser images leave a lot to the imagination
After taking a good hard look at these two images, we still have no idea what the Toyota GR Corolla will fully look like. But from what we can tell, it’ll have flared fenders with (hopefully) real vents in addition to a “GR-Four” badge. That last detail is a delightful one for any JDM fans that are familiar with the Toyota Celica GT-Four that was produced in Japan in the mid-90s.
Nerd alerts and nostalgia aside, the GR-Four badging also means that this forthcoming Corolla on steroids could share the same all-wheel drivetrain as the rally-inspired GR Yaris. On that note, Car and Driver reports that the GR Corolla is expected to use the GR Yaris’ turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-three banger that produces 257 hp. Whether or not that comes to fruition, given our stricter U.S. standards, is yet to be seen.
3/31/2022 Update: Some eagle-eyed readers on Reddit spotted an unofficial early reveal on Toyota’s 2023 GR Corolla landing page. The page has since been removed, but not before the folks at Motor Authority were able to glean some information and pictures from it. According to Motor Authority, the landing page revealed the forthcoming hot hatch will produce a whopping 300 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.
Additionally, its turbocharged 1.6-liter engine could be mated solely to a six-speed manual transmission as no automatic transmission was listed. As for the all-wheel drive system, it should be capable of splitting the power by 50:50 or up to 30:70 for some drift… err.. driving fun. Three different driving modes — Normal, Sport, and Track — were also listed.
While these specifications were listed on a Toyota website, we still need to take them at face value until the official reveal tonight at 9:30 pm EST. If anything, these specs make us even more excited as we count down the hours.