Toyota has just confirmed that the fire-breathing GR Corolla, will be available for sale in limited numbers and from selected Toyota GR-focused dealerships in Mzansi this year. Timing has been announced as the second quarter of the year, which starts at the end of March. Spec and prices will only be revealed at a later stage.

What we do already know is that it is powered by the same 1.6-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol engine found in the smaller GR Yaris. The pair also share the all-wheel drive (AWD) system, as well as the fact that they carry a 6-speed manual transmission. Maximum power for the 5-door GR Corolla comes to 221kW and peak torque is 370Nm. The 0 – 100km/h sprint time should be around 5.2 seconds, while top speed is pegged at 227km/h.

“We can safely say Toyota’s philosophy of building fun-to-drive cars is clear to see. With the GR brand’s motorsport DNA, the new GR Corolla promises to deliver on just what driving enthusiasts’ really want – high performance turbocharged power, agile and dynamic handling, and of course the looks to match,” says Glenn Crompton, Vice President of Marketing at Toyota South Africa Motors.

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