Hot Yaris' 257bhp Inline-Three To Power Golf GTI-Rivalling GR Corolla

A Toyota GR Corolla using the enormously power 1.6-litre triple found in the new Yaris hot hatch will reportedly land in the UK for 2023
Hot Yaris' 257bhp Inline-Three To Power Golf GTI-Rivalling GR Corolla

Given that Toyota has gone to the effort of building the world’s most powerful production inline-three, it would have been a shame for the unit to be reserved for just one car. It should come as no surprise, then, that the GR Yaris‘s mighty 257bhp triple is set to make its way to other models.

Car Throttle sister publication Auto Express reports that the turbocharged three-cylinder engine - which puts out as much as 286bhp in the JDM-spec GR Yaris - is set to be used for a ‘GR Corolla’. It won’t arrive in the UK until 2023, but we suspect it’ll be worth the wait.

Hot Yaris' 257bhp Inline-Three To Power Golf GTI-Rivalling GR Corolla

It’s expected to be more of a rival for the likes of the VW Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST rather than more track-focused stuff such as the Renault Sport Megane Trophy or Honda Civic Type R. It’s unknown if it’ll feature the same unusual, lightweight ‘GR-Four’ all-wheel drive system of the GR Yaris (below), but it’s thought the hot Corolla will mate the engine with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The fast car market isn’t especially lucrative right now, and tightening emissions regulations are making it harder to make such cars than ever. Toyota, however, is in a good place to dabble, and it’s all thanks to the Japanese company’s strong emphasis on hybrids.

Hot Yaris' 257bhp Inline-Three To Power Golf GTI-Rivalling GR Corolla

This lowers Toyota’s fleet average, helping it avoid fines for breaching the EU’s incoming 95g/km threshold. Toyota European President and CEO Johan van Zyl told Auto Express, “Is GR Yaris really a volume contributor? No…It’s not going to be. But does it help with the positioning of your cars – more fun, excitement? Yes, it helps. And if you add it to the mix and calculate the impact to our CO2 averages in g/km, we can accommodate that.”

The question is, what else in the Toyota range might get the GR treatment, and how might that pan out? Reportedly a GR CH-R is in the works too, but beyond that, we’ll let you wildly speculate in the comments…



This is great! I love the new Corolla hatchback and the GR treatment only makes it better

02/11/2020 - 08:30 |
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🎺🎺thank mr skeltal

Great news! I love the Corolla, when it came out I wasn’t sure what to think about the design, especially the large grille and the headlights that extend super far to the middle, but it’s grown on me since then.

02/11/2020 - 08:48 |
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Nice car, which engine have you got?
-The big one - 1.6 inline-3

See, doesn’t work.
Please put actual car engines in cars, not mower engines
A hot Corolla should have no less than a 2.0(older ones are lighter and smaller, I’m not talking about them now)

02/11/2020 - 10:24 |
2 | 22

Feel free to make your millions by showing the manufacturers how to get those engines past the new emissions tests.

02/11/2020 - 10:34 |
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I really like that the gti is getting some really tough competition

02/11/2020 - 11:14 |
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That engine has lots of potential.

02/11/2020 - 14:17 |
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Der Wolf

Yay, finally Toyota builds nice cars again!
In the last 5 years, they discontinued their powerful Diesel engines, and only those crappy 130hp gasoline engines were left.
Except the GT86.
Finally, they give us 200+hp hybrids and petrols, also in normal cars. Great move, Toyota!

02/11/2020 - 15:32 |
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Cobra RS

Aygo GR please!

02/12/2020 - 16:46 |
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If it comes to America then I’ll be the first buyer

02/12/2020 - 16:51 |
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I love where Toyota is going, now if only they made the Supra MkV with the Lexus LC Chassis instead (the Z4 chassis is fine, i would just prefer this)

02/12/2020 - 20:07 |
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Lexus LC chassis is way too heavy. But, it’s actually pretty good (LC chassis tuning was done with the help from Randy Pobst)

02/15/2020 - 00:31 |
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