It's not supposed to be a Type R competitor, they want to go after the Civic Si and the Golf GTI.If that's how the Corolla ends up looking then Honda will easily win in the looks department.
These spy shots show some very exciting changes to come:
That is going to depend on if the Corolla GR is going to be a Si or Type R competitor.If that's how the Corolla ends up looking then Honda will easily win in the looks department.
These spy shots show some very exciting changes to come:
Si likely but if Honda is actually making those rumored changes to the Type R, then the high performing Corolla might be an inbetween model. From what I can tell it will be like a bigger GR Yaris.That is going to depend on if the Corolla GR is going to be a Si or Type R competitor.
I think that's how it's going to shape up. It'll be the Type R, then below it the GR Corolla, and below that the Civic Si. Making the Type R a hybrid will bring it into a different level of performance.Si likely but if Honda is actually making those rumored changes to the Type R, then the high performing Corolla might be an inbetween model. From what I can tell it will be like a bigger GR Yaris.
"That sounds like a simpler setup to apportion torque than the 4WD system on the GR Yaris with its locking front and rear differentials. Depending on the tune and how much weight the machinery adds, having all tires contribute to forward progress could give Toyota's entry a sizable advantage over competition like the front-wheel drive Hyundai Veloster N and Volkswagen GTI. And ticking another vital box on the enthusiast's checklist, Toyota's six-speed manual transmission will be on tap for power transfer duty."
The WRC-inspired Toyota GR Yaris is one of the hot hatches nabbing lots of attention this year. The Japanese automaker has promised a version for the U.S.,www.autoblog.com
It looks like it's going to be called the "Apex Package". It's going come with performance tires and a couple of two-tone color options.
That's very true. It's a great way to get people interested in the rest of the lineup, even if they're not enthusiasts.Good read but we don't have to look far for how it could play out.
Honda and VW have benefited the most with launching hot hatches, Toyota is just following the script.
Nice, I like the look and from this it sounds like a hell of a deal as long as the price is right, especially since it comes with a manual. Stuff like this gives me a lot of good vibes for the future of toyota's sports cars and fun cars in general. Here's to hoping they continue to give us some good special editions especially of the 86 in the future.Here's a sense of what's to come for the Corolla. Toyota announced the Corolla "Apex Edition". It's got a sportier bodykit, "Track-tuned chassis upgrades include unique shocks with internal rebound springs", and it has a manual transmission.
The Corolla Apex Edition really lives up to its name thanks to unique track-tuned suspension. Toyota engineers developed the dynamic characteristics through extensive testing on different tracks around the world, including TMC Higashi-Fuji Proving Ground in Japan, Toyota Arizona Proving Ground and MotorSport Ranch in Texas.
Unique coil springs lower the vehicle by 0.6 inches while the increased spring rate reduces vehicle roll angle and provides flatter cornering and steering response. Specially tuned shocks with internal rebound springs provide increased damping force that controls vertical and roll movement. Unique solid stabilizer bars with increased rigidity help to decrease vehicle roll angle while improving overall agility. Additionally, new jounce bumpers ensure the lowered ride height doesn’t hinder ride quality. All combined Apex Edition suspension changes increase roll stiffness by 47% in the front and 33% in the rear.
The 18-inch flow-formed cast aluminum wheels feature a gloss black appearance, but even more importantly they are specially developed to aid in brake cooling while offering a mass reduction of 2.2 lbs. per wheel. They can be paired with either an all-season tire or an optional summer tire that helps improve lateral grip, steering precision and yaw response. Bespoke electronic power steering (EPS) has been tuned specifically for the Apex Edition to complement its dynamic suspension changes. The new EPS tuning provides a distinctive flavor with a sportier, v-shaped build-up response. All of these changes are paired with a specially developed catback exhaust that features a throatier, aggressive tone at start-up while also providing a bolder, enhanced tone at wide-open throttle. A unique 3.5-inch stainless steel tip was developed to match the vehicle’s styling.
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PLANO, Texas (July 15, 2020) – Toyota has a message to driving enthusiasts looking for a head-turning, corner-carving affordable sport sedan, and it’s right in the name of a special new model for 2021: Corolla Apex Edition. In track driving, drivers aim to “clip the apex” of a corner to achieve...pressroom.toyota.com
Yeah, they better not gouge the price because it does look like a fun drive. I really like the body kit they put on it.Nice, I like the look and from this it sounds like a hell of a deal as long as the price is right, especially since it comes with a manual. Stuff like this gives me a lot of good vibes for the future of toyota's sports cars and fun cars in general. Here's to hoping they continue to give us some good special editions especially of the 86 in the future.
True, Hopefully not though. The prices of the 2021 Supra doesn't give me a ton of hope though. $42,990 starting for the 2.0 base kinda sucks. Hopefully they don't inflate the price a ton for GR86 and keep it around $28,000.If they're only making 6,000 Apex Editions for 2021, then I can see them charging a pretty penny. I hope they prove me wrong though.
Oh man that Corolla wagon is sweet!Europe is getting a Corolla GR Sport. But it seems to be a cosmetic upgrade instead of performance. At least they're getting into the sporty spirit I guess.
Joining similar sporty versions of the Corolla Hatchback and Corolla Touring Sports, the Corolla Sedan GR Sport adds new dynamic design elements inside and out. On the outside, the Corolla Sedan GR Sport replaces the regular model’s chrome trim with piano black trim on the front grille, mirror caps, center pillars and side sills.
There is also a black garnish that forms a distinctive C-shaped frame on the corners of the front bumper for a more aggressive appearance.
Other unique exterior elements include a subtle body color boot lid spoiler, black rear garnish above the license plate and GR Sport badging on the rear. The Corolla Sedan GR Sport rides on black 17-inch alloys with a contrasting bright machined finish to the ends of each spoke and the GR trademark red ring around the center cap. Customers can also have larger 18-inch wheels as an option.
Toyota offers Dynamic Grey as the new signature color for the Corolla GR Sport lineup, though customers can also choose from seven other paints. Seven of the eight available colors can be combined with a black roof in the first bi-tone paint option for the Corolla Sedan. Speaking of optional extras, customers can specify LED exterior lights as well.
Inside, the sporty-flavored compact sedan gets a black headliner, perforated leather steering wheel and brushed aluminum front scuff plates featuring the GR logo. The package also includes sports front seats upholstered in a combination of black cloth and high-quality synthetic leather, with a contrasting vertical stitch pattern in white and red. The same color theme can be found on the rear bench seat. An interior ambient lighting system is available as an option.
Unfortunately, the GR Sport treatment doesn’t back the styling tweaks with performance upgrades. This means the powertrains are the same 1.8-liter hybrid and 1.6-liter petrol units offered on the standard Corolla Sedan.
Production will start in November 2020, with sales starting from January 2021. The Corolla Sedan will be the first GR Sport model to be offered in Toyota’s Eastern European markets.
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