The 2023 Toyota GR Corolla has not even reached the hands of consumers, nor has it been driven by journalists, and already, it is one of the most exciting and promising performance vehicles recently announced.
Toyota recently shared a self-sponsored video with carmaker Formula Drift driver Ken Gushi behind a prototype GR Corolla wheel. The clip contains some great driving footage of the hot hatch where Gushi GR also offers some simple tips to make use of all the performance given by the Corolla.
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Throughout the clip, Gushi drives on both sides of the track and dirt and explains the best way to drive it on both surfaces. When braking the Tarmac, for example, the Toyota Formula Drift driver notes that you should try to do about 90 percent of the braking in a straight line before slowly turning off the brakes when you turn the corner. On dirt, it is important to hit the brakes first to induce some weight transfer before pitching the car to the side and sliding the power with the brake or throttle to steer the car.
Gushi also offers some simple tips on the best way to power out the corners with the help of GR Corolla on the track and on the dirt.
Of course, what makes this video particularly interesting is all the great driving footage of the car. Powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged three-cylinder with 300 hp and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque, the GR Corolla has huge potential, a six-speed manual transmission and an advanced GR-four-wheel drive system. Although Toyota has yet to reveal the number of performances, the car is likely to put its hot hatch rivals on notice.