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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:
It's not supposed to be a Type R competitor, they want to go after the Civic Si and the Golf GTI.
 

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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.
 

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That is going to depend on if the Corolla GR is going to be a Si or Type R competitor.
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."

 

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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."

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.
 

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Toyota is releasing a "Special Edition" Corolla hatchback that clearly foreshadowing whats to come with the GR.

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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.

From what we can tell, the most significant performance enhancement is the availability of summer performance tires—yes, on a Corolla sedan. The APEX will otherwise have the same 2.0-liter inline-four with 169 hp that's offered as an option in the Corolla sedan and as standard in the hatchback. Naturally, the APEX package is available on the sedan's SE model with a six-speed manual transmission, and also on the CVT-equipped SE and XSE models.

The Corolla APEX will be available in three color combinations: black, white with a black roof, and a grey called Cement that's also paired with a black roof. We also expect it will feature other appearance tweaks to give it a more aggressive look than the SE and XSE trims, which are already visually differentiated from the standard L, LE, and XLE trims.

Toyota is likely to announce more details on the 2021 Corolla APEX soon, including pricing. And we can only hope that the APEX announcement will accompany the highly anticipated details about the upcoming GR Corolla hot hatchback.


 

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Forbes has a compelling article for why the GR Corolla is going to be more important to Toyota than the 86 or Supra.

Cars like the GT86 and Supra show Toyota is no longer interested in holding onto a reputation for making beige, uninspired cars destined for rental fleets. The problem is, only a handful of customers are buying the GT86 and Supra and understand that Toyota can, in fact, build an amazingly entertaining car.

The 2018 Corolla was the first major milestone in the quiet revolution to shed its old reputation. The GT86 and Supra can be considered overt declarations of the brand’s sporty intentions but it’s the way Toyota went about the Corolla that made it so much more important. Hundreds of thousands of car buyers that rank power and handling fairly low on their list of priorities were already buying the Corolla.

Then, in 2018, Toyota decided to refine the car carrying one of the most popular nameplates on US roads and turn it into a fun car. Not a “sports car,” just an average car that can take a turn like a sports car. It’s important to seed this type of engineering throughout the entire lineup, so the sentiment goes from “Toyota builds mostly okay cars. And, oh yeah, two sports cars” to “Toyota’s entire line up is a cohesive group of well-performing machines no matter the segment.”

Which brings me to the Toyota Corolla Sport GRMN. It may be WRC-inspired and reportedly packing a 268 horsepower 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine coupled to a six-speed manual and AWD, but this is Toyota’s chance to create its own VW GTI.

The GTI has a cult following all over the world. Enthusiasts love to modify and tune the little hatch to hell and back. And that’s okay. But the GTI doesn’t enjoy the success it does because of that small crowd. The GTI is seen as a great car because it’s approachable, affordable, practical and just so happens to be incredibly entertaining. VW does a wonderful job in showrooms of hiding the performance-focused nature of the GTI so that customers with less enthusiast-centric priorities aren’t intimidated and scared away of what is a fundamentally great hatchback.

If Toyota is smart about the Toyota Corolla Sport GRMN, it’ll skip the rally-racer marketing charade and continue the subdued sentiment of the base Corolla: a sports car in disguise. If it comes off as an average car for the average buyer simply looking for a next-level trim, Toyota will see success. More people will see first-hand what Toyota is capable of building. Something the low-volume Supra couldn’t dream of achieving.


 

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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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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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.


Toyota Corolla Apex


 

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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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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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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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.
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.
 

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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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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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Oh man that Corolla wagon is sweet! :love:
 
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