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  1. GR Supra was Toyota’s first global Gazoo Racing (GR) model and from the moment of its launch in 2019 has been the perfect embodiment of the spirit of GR and the dream of Toyota President Akio Toyoda to deliver a car that is purely about the joy of driving Subsequently, the introduction of the GR Yaris and the imminent arrival of the GR86 coupe have reinforced the special qualities that define the GR brand – cars that are born out of a passion for motoring and which draw directly on the world championship-winning expertise and experience of Toyota Gazoo Racing. Since launch, GR Supra has been offered with a straight-six 335bhp/250kW 3.0-litre engine matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. A year later, a new 254bhp/190kW 2.0-litre engine was added to the range, again with auto transmission as standard. While the car and its performance have received high praise worldwide from media and fans alike, perhaps inevitably the question of whether a manual gearbox would be available persisted. #SAVETHEMANUAL Toyota has listened to sports car fans and customers, and can confirm that a new GR Supra with six-speed intelligent manual transmission (iMT) will be introduced in Europe soon, engineered to delight drivers who love the control and rewards offered by precisely timed manual shifts. Its addition to the line-up means Toyota will offer all three of its GR models available in Europe with manual transmission and three pedals either as standard (GR Yaris) or as an option (GR Supra, GR86). True to GR Supra’s thoroughbred engineering quality, this development has not been simply a matter of using an off-the-shelf solution. A new transmission, including a new clutch, has been engineered specifically to suit the power and torque characteristics of the 3.0-litre engine. At the same time, GR Supra’s braking control systems and suspension have been retuned for even better performance – changes that are being introduced throughout the model range. The new-look range features two manual versions: the 3.0-litre Pro and the standard 3.0-litre, which is lighter in weight by almost 40kg compared to the standard automatic*, adding to the car’s handling agility. *Previously part of the 2021 GR Supra range. NEW SIX-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION GR Supra’s new manual transmission has been engineered and tuned specifically for use with the coupe’s straight-six engine. The engineering team were able to modify existing transmission housing, driveshaft and gear set components and remove elements that were not required, such as the acoustic package, which further reduced weight. At the heart of the transmission is a clutch that has been re-engineered with a larger diameter and reinforced diaphragm spring. With a larger friction area and a stronger spring, this has the high performance capability appropriate for use with GR Supra’s high-torque engine. INTELLIGENT OPERATION The iMT transmission uses an intelligent control system programmed with new software that prioritises sporty performance. When upshifting, the parameters are tuned to optimise engine torque at the moment of clutch engagement and release; on downshifts, the software has been fine-tuned for consistent performance. The iMT is set as the default but can be switched off in Sport mode if the driver prefers. To avoid a sluggish take-off and a low in-gear acceleration feel, the final drive ratio has been shortened, from 3.15 (in the GR Supra automatic) to 3.46. The result is response and gearing appropriate for sports car performance. SUSPENSION AND STEERING TUNING All GR Supra versions – automatic and manual – benefit from retuned suspension. The measures include more rigid vulcanised rubber in the front and rear anti-roll bar bushes and re-tuned shock absorbers. The mechanical components in the electric power steering and the system’s operating parameters have also been re-tuned. REVISED CENTRE CONSOLE AND GEAR SHIFT The changes to accommodate the new manual transmission were not confined to the powertrain. Close attention was also paid how the new system could be accommodated in the driver’s cockpit. This was not simply a matter of changing one shift lever for another; consideration had to be given to ensuring the gear knob was optimally placed for precise, rapid and rewarding gear changes. The existing centre console design allowed insufficient clearance between the shift lever and the air conditioning control panel. To achieve the perfect ergonomics, the console unit and the control for drive mode selection have been redesigned. In addition, the lever ratio has been changed and the effort required to make shifts and engage reverse gear has been adjusted. The revised layout provides a comfortable 42mm clearance between the shift knob and air conditioning panel. The feel of the gear shift in the hand and the weight of operation are part of the human sensory connection with the car, so attention has been paid to the weight and shape of the gear knob and the quality of shift engagement. As a result, Toyota adjusted the effort level to engage reverse and opted for a heavier gear knob (200g) for a more pleasing inertia effect when used. TRACTION CONTROL GR Supra’s traction and braking have been optimised for operation with manual transmission. With an automatic, it’s possible to use second gear when pulling away uphill when opposite wheels are on surfaces with different grip levels – for example, when the car is parked partly on an icy road margin. Progress is smooth with no rolling back or wheel slip. With a manual gearbox, first gear has to be used and releasing the clutch brings a greater risk of wheel spin. To address the issue, Toyota engineers have tuned the car’s traction control (TRC) to achieve smooth operation like that experienced with the automatic. The system is also optimised for GR Supra’s characteristic high engine torque, wide tyres and rear-wheel drive. BRAKING AGILITY AND STABILITY The car’s behaviour when accelerating out of a corner is a key element in the “fun to drive” quality Toyota has developed for GR Supra. For the new manual version, the traction control has again been the focus of measures to ensure an ideal balance of agility and stability when exiting a corner on the throttle. TRC intervention has been calibrated to maintain stability – the car keeping faithfully to the driver’s intended line – while allowing the right amount of power for a sporty feeling. NEW HAIRPIN+ FUNCTION The ambition to make GR Supra fun to drive in the most demanding scenarios has helped inspire the introduction of a new Hairpin+ function. This is designed to allow more freedom and reward specifically when taking tight bends on an uphill gradient (more than 5 per cent) with a high-friction road surface, like those found on European mountain routes. More “free” wheel spin can make such routes more enjoyable to drive, so Toyota has optimised engine torque control to allow a greater difference in the degree of left and right-side wheel spin. ANTI-ROLL PROGRAMME A highly agile vehicle with high peak friction tyres may be sensitive to sudden “snap-off” oversteer – something that is hard to control with the car’s vehicle stability control (VSC) alone. To counter this behaviour, an anti-roll programme (ARP) has been adopted for both the manual and automatic versions of GR Supra. This intervenes at an earlier point with the VSC to cover any sudden loss of grip when the car’s high-response suspension setting is used. In addition, the Track mode has been tuned to allow for easy drifting with freedom of throttle control. The vehicle remains agile, but the there is less risk of spinning thanks to specific engine and torque control. GR SUPRA WEIGHT SAVING The standard GR Supra 3.0-litre manual model benefits from weight-saving measures that together achieve a total reduction of 38.3kg, compared to the kerb weight of the previous, 2021 3.0-litre automatic model. Fitting the new manual gearbox and new 19-inch alloy wheels saves 21.8kg; a further reduction of 16.5kg is gained by changing the audio system and deleting the seats’ leather upholstery, power adjustment and lumbar support – features that are part of the standard specification of the 3.0-litre Pro model. This reduction enhances the car’s handling agility. REVISED MODEL RANGE In the UK, the GR Supra range retains the 2.0-litre Pro automatic as the entry model, alongside the 3.0-litre Pro automatic. The 3.0-litre manual is expected to be the most popular GR Supra version, with the 3.0-litre Pro manual and automatic models positioned at the top of the line-up. Full details of UK pricing, specification and sales schedule will be announced later. The new GR Supra range also benefits from new paintwork options with the addition of Moareki Grey and Dawn Blue.
  2. The eagle-eyed may have spotted Peter Wright, TV’s The Yorkshire Vet, driving around the Yorkshire Dales in a new car – the Toyota Highlander hybrid electric SUV Peter recently switched from a Toyota Land Cruiser to the seven-seat Highlander, which he has been using for the past few months for his work visiting and treating animals across the North Yorkshire Moors and Dales National Parks. He has put the car through its paces on all types of roads and off-road terrain and in all weather conditions. Toyota talked to Peter about his experiences driving a hybrid electric vehicle for the first time, and his views on climate change: You recently changed your car from a Land Cruiser to a Toyota Highlander. What were your first impressions of the Highlander and why did you choose it? My first impressions of the Highlander were extremely favourable. Its more streamlined shape was immediately apparent, as was the thoughtful and stylish interior layout, with plenty of storage space. My life as a country vet means I need to have a reliable and robust vehicle that can “go anywhere,” but I also need to consider its impact on the environment and, ultimately, other people. The Toyota Highlander fulfils my environmental criteria perfectly, as it has good mpg figures – up to 39.7 miles per gallon, and low CO2 emissions for a large SUV. Being a typical Yorkshireman concerned about value for money, the obvious increase in fuel economy has not gone unnoticed. What is the Highlander like to drive? How does it compare to the Land Cruiser? I had grown to enjoy the Land Cruiser’s reliable, sure-handling, solid performance that would take me over the roughest terrain to attend to my farm patients. It was a hard act to follow, but the Highlander has lived up to its older brother, with the added benefit of being a self-charging hybrid. I have driven it over wet, muddy, rutted and slippery surfaces and it’s great to discover that there’s been no compromise in reliability and sure-footedness in the drive to achieve greater fuel efficiency and greener credentials. The intelligent all-wheel drive system kicks in when required and the two-tonne towing capacity is important to me. The heated seats and steering wheel are wonderful when you’ve been spending time in a cold barn. How suitable is Highlander for your work as a vet? Can you fit in all kit you need? I carry a large variety of heavy and bulky equipment. When I transferred my kit from the Land Cruiser to the Highlander I stood and scratched my head as I still had space to spare in the cargo area. This is thanks to the clever interior design that maximises the cargo carrying capacity. The Highlander is fitted out with seven seats, two of which pack away to provide superb boot capacity. The equipment I carry every day means I have not yet used the two rear seats, but there’s still lots of space to seat five people in great comfort, with plenty of leg room. Have you tried the Highlander’s different driving modes: Eco, Normal, Sport and Trail? Driving in Eco mode makes me very conscious how driving technique can help maximise fuel efficiency, particularly on country lanes and farm visits, where stopping and starting is the norm. It goes without saying, on farm visits where rough terrain is involved, the Trail mode is ideal. How do you use the sound system in the Highlander? What’s your taste in music and radio programmes? Between calls I love to listen to Radio 2 and Radio 4, as well as the sports channels using the DAB audio. I also enjoy Gold where they play all the hits from the last 50 years; it takes me back to when I was a teenager. I am usually by myself, so I join in singing way out of tune; at least with the fantastic audio system I can’t hear my own voice! What are your favourite drives, in Yorkshire or elsewhere? I never tire of driving around my beloved Yorkshire. I live close to Sutton Bank – a treacherous incline on the A170. This is the gateway to the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. I particularly enjoy driving through Farndale and Rosedale and on to the North Yorkshire coast, visiting so many beautiful towns and villages in the coastline between Scarborough and Whitby. What are you enjoying about the current series of The Yorkshire Vet? Leaving Skeldale Veterinary Centre in Thirsk after 40 years, initially working as a veterinary assistant to James Herriot and for the last 20 years as senior partner, I am now working part–time at Grace Lane Veterinary Practice in Kirbymoorside, a beautiful market town. My daily routine is very similar though, and I like the fact that I have retained some of the longstanding clients who have appeared on The Yorkshire Vet over the last seven years and have also been introduced to many new ones. I think it’s obvious to viewers that the warmth, humour and resilience of Yorkshire people, particularly farmers, still shines through. Are there any aspects of climate change or environmental damage that you are particularly concerned about? Throughout my life as a country person I have been passionate about caring for the environment. Nowadays there are wide-ranging concerns about how humans are damaging the planet. I see first-hand how insect numbers have decreased around my garden and fields, how bee numbers have declined, and how several species of birds that were once common visitors to my home, now appear more rarely. I look at our picturesque coastline where rivers and streams carry tons of debris and plastics that are doing untold damage to our wildlife and sea life. I worry about unseen toxins such as micro-plastics which are in many of our modern clothes and products and are now found increasingly in the digestive tracts of our sea creatures. It is also widely recognised that our coastal seabirds are in alarming decline. Global warming and rising sea temperatures mean that these birds’ staple diets such as sand eels can no longer thrive, so they are struggling to survive. We humans at the top of the food chain need to take far greater action to help repair nature’s balanced ecosystem before it collapses with dire consequences for us all.
  3. The new Toyota GR86 has proved an instant sell-out with the entire UK allocation of cars being snapped up within 90 minutes of going on sale on Wednesday morning (20 April 2022) Anticipation was high for this third member of Toyota’s elite GR line-up of performance models, and a rapid take-up was expected when the order books opened. To help ensure everyone had an equal and fair chance of securing a car, an exclusively online ordering process was implemented for this model. Customers who weren’t able to place an order on Wednesday have been given the opportunity to join a waiting list for any cancellations. Their place on the list is linked to the time at which they signed to join the list, so the “first come, first served” principle is maintained. The response reflects the hugely enthusiastic reception given to early prototypes by the UK’s automotive media and customers’ desire not to miss out on what will be a comparatively rare car. The production run for Europe is limited to just two years and, as Toyota made clear from the outset, “when it’s gone, it’s gone.” Mark Roden, Toyota (GB) Operations Director, said: “The phenomenal response to GR86 is a sign of how it is fulfilling its role as a thoroughbred sports car that’s affordable as well as thrilling to drive. Our Gazoo Racing-engineered models – GR Supra and GR Yaris – have generated an exceptional buzz with their competition-tuned performance and handling, helping raise expectations of what GR86 will deliver.” There will be another opportunity for customers to obtain a GR sports car with manual transmission later this year, following Toyota’s recent announcement that it will introduce a manual version of the GR Supra coupe. Further details will be announced soon.
  4. Toyota’s launch of the new GR86 coupe is one of the most hotly anticipated new model introductions of 2022. Advance interest has been high for this third member of the thoroughbred GR sports car range, which will be available in strictly limited numbers – production for Europe is limited to just two years. Toyota is opening customer orders at 10am on 20 April 2022, both online at www.toyota.co.uk and through its UK dealer network The order process is designed to be clear, convenient, seamless and customer-focused, ensuring a fair, first-come, first-served approach. The customer can configure their ideal car, save their progress to their My Toyota account and then complete their order online, at a time and place that’s convenient for them, which could be at home or in a Toyota showroom. Payment of a £1,000 refundable customer deposit is required to secure all orders. Prospective purchasers are also welcome to discuss their requirements with expert sales teams in Toyota showrooms, or organise a test drive with Toyota’s specialist Toyota GR Centres (test cars will be available from June). Here’s how the ordering process works: – The customer chooses and configures their GR86 online at www.toyota.co.uk Any appropriate part-exchange valuation can be added Preferred payment method is chosen They select the “buy online” option The completed vehicle build and quote are saved to the customer’s My Toyota account The customer logs into their My Toyota account and proceeds to checkout They select their preferred Toyota centre for the vehicle handover The appropriate finance application is submitted – a decision will be provided promptly, in real time The £1,000 deposit is paid (online card payment) GR86 is offered in a single model grade, with the option of six-speed manual or automatic transmission. At launch, it comes with an on-the-road price tag of £29,995 for the manual model and £32,085 for the automatic version. Toyota expects the first deliveries of cars to customers from July this year. Its standard features include: – 2.4-litre “boxer” engine with six-speed manual or automatic transmission Classic front engine/rear-wheel drive sports car drivetrain with low centre of gravity, light weight and highly rigid chassis 10-spoke 18-inch black alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres Multimedia system with an eight-inch display Smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Reversing camera with Rear Cross Traffic Alert Blind Spot Monitor LED Adaptive Headlight System Illuminated entry Seven-inch colour multi-information display Other items include Ultrasuede and leather seat upholstery, heated front seats, cruise control, automatic dual-zone air conditioning, smart entry and push-button start and auto-folding door mirrors. The GR86 automatic gains additional, new active safety and driver assistance systems, including Pre-Collision System with autonomous emergency braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic High Beam and Lane Keep Assist. First customers can take advantage of a PCP agreement through with monthly repayments of £299 (42-month contract, £4,777 customer deposit, with 4.9 per cent APR Representative) for the GR86 manual.
  5. Toyota Gazoo Racing UK have completed their driver line-up for the 2022 British Touring Car Championship, signing Ricky Collard to drive a Corolla alongside established team pilot Rory Butcher Collard, 25, from Surrey, made his debut in the series in 2018, deputising for his injured father, Rob, a long-time championship contender. In 11 starts he finished in the points on six occasions, including a podium finish from second on the grid at Silverstone. Since his eye-catching BTCC cameo, Collard has primarily competed in GT racing. In 2019 he contested a full season in the Blancpain GT World Challenge, taking victory at the Nurburgring in an Aston Martin Vantage in the GT3 category. Having considered pausing his racing career to relocate to Australia, Collard had a change of heart after three promising test days in the Speedworks Motorsport-run Corolla GR Sport at Donington Park, Knockhill and Croft. He said: “I have been knocking around the BTCC paddock since I was just three years sold, so the series has huge personal appeal and I’ve made no secret of my desire to return. There is a lot of support and love for Toyota among BTCC fans and I can’t wait to meet everyone at Toyota UK and hopefully do them proud. The only type of car I’ve raced that I haven’t won in is a touring car, so I am pretty keen to put that statistic to bed. Despite effectively being a rookie, I’ll be disappointed if I don’t achieve that – I am targeting podiums at the very least.” Christian Dick, Team Principal, said: “Ricky has slotted into the team seamlessly and, having grown up around the BTCC, he knows the championship inside-out. It was evident watching him as he rose that through the ranks that he is a driver of considerable talent and potential. His pace in the Corolla during the test days has been extremely encouraging and we’re confident that the combination of Ricky’s raw speed and Rory’s racecraft and experience will stand us in very good stead over the coming season.” The 2022 season, the first in the BTCC’s new hybrid era, will get under way on 23-24 April at Donington Park, home turf for the Corolla, which is built just a few miles up the road at Toyota Manufacturing UK’s plant at Burnaston, near Derby.
  6. Toyota today reveals more details of the new GR86, the new entry point to its range of pure-bred GR (Gazoo Racing) sports cars, including prices, equipment specification and an initial customer PCP offer Further information on the opening of orders for this eagerly anticipated new model will be announced next week. GR86 is an evolution of the much-respected and multiple-award-winning GT86 coupe and will take its place alongside GR Supra and GR Yaris in a “power of three” GR – Gazoo Racing – line-up. It promises to deliver sharper handling and responsiveness, extra power, new styling and a more comprehensive equipment specification. As with its stablemates, it has been honed with engineering and design expertise drawn directly from Toyota Gazoo Racing’s world championship-winning motorsport activities. GR86 is offered in a single model grade, with the option of six-speed manual or automatic transmission. At launch, it comes with an on-the-road price tag of £29,995 for the manual model and £32,085 for the automatic version. First customers can take advantage of a PCP agreement through Toyota Financial Services with monthly repayments of £299 (42-month contract, £4,777 customer deposit, with 4.9 per cent APR Representative) for the GR86 manual. Details and terms and conditions are available here. Toyota expects the first deliveries of cars to customers from July this year. Equipment features The GR86 range comprises a single model grade with the option of six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The specification introduces equipment features not previously available on GT86, including: – 10-spoke 18-inch black alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres Multimedia system with an eight-inch display Smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Reversing camera with Rear Cross Traffic Alert Blind Spot Monitor LED Adaptive Headlight System Illuminated entry Seven-inch colour multi-information display Other items include Ultrasuede and leather seat upholstery, heated front seats, cruise control, automatic dual-zone air conditioning, smart entry and push-button start and auto-folding door mirrors. The GR86 automatic gains additional, new active safety and driver assistance systems, including Pre-Collision System with autonomous emergency braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic High Beam and Lane Keep Assist. Power, performance and handling GR86 adopts the same drivetrain configuration as GT86, with a front-mounted “boxer” four-cylinder engine driving the rear wheels. It’s a larger unit – up from 2.0 to 2.4 litres – and it produces more power and torque: maximums of 231bhp and 250Nm compared to GT86’s 197bhp and 205Nm. As well as giving faster 0-62mph acceleration – 6.3 seconds manual, 6.9 seconds auto – it delivers power more smoothly, with no drop-off in torque. The chassis has a lower centre of gravity and improved, 50:50 front-rear weight balance. Together with increased body rigidity, sports-tuned suspension and a limited-slip differential (as standard) these changes secure even more rewarding dynamic performance. *Terms and conditions apply, see here for details.
  7. TOYOTA GAZOO Racing (TGR) held the world premiere of the all-new GR Corolla in Long Beach, California, USA, on March 31 (local time), on the eve of the opening round of the Formula Drift*1 season. The GR Corolla is scheduled for launch in Japan in the second half of 2022. Through such achievements as the TE25 Corolla earning Toyota Motor Corporation’s (Toyota’s) first WRC victory*2 in 1973, followed by the Corolla Levin’s win in the 1,000 Lakes Rally*3 in 1975, the Corolla laid the foundation for TGR’s concept of “making ever-better motorsports-bred cars” and is a model loved by many for its driving performance. The GR Corolla sprang to life based on the strong desire of Toyota President Akio Toyoda, a.k.a. Morizo, to “bring back a Corolla that captivates our customers”. In response to that desire, the development of the GR Corolla carried forth the torch of making ever-better motorsports-bred cars, which focuses on honing cars to win races and making them commercially available. In concrete terms, the vehicle was comprehensively reforged in the extreme environment of racing by participating in the Super Taikyu Series using a hydrogen engine-equipped Corolla*4 to also refine a hydrogen engine, which comprises new technologies, with Toyota Master Driver Morizo, himself, taking stints behind the wheel. Furthermore, to ensure that the vehicle could be driven with confidence and enjoyment in a variety of situations, prototypes were put through their paces not only on racing circuits but also on highly demanding dirt roads and snow-covered roads. Driving was done beyond the breaking point for comprehensive honing by drivers who each have unique perspectives, including Morizo, racing driver Hiroaki Ishiura, All Japan Rally Championship winner Norihiko Katsuta, and in-house evaluators. The GR Corolla boasts a strengthened version of the 1.6-liter in-line three-cylinder intercooler turbo engine found in the GR Yaris, resulting in a maximum output of 224 kW (304 PS). Optimizing the GR-FOUR 4WD system, which is also featured on the GR Yaris, to match the specifications of the GR Corolla was among various initiatives undertaken to create a car that can be safely and securely controlled even when pushing it to its limits. While adopting the basic body framework of the Toyota Corolla Sport to enable it to inherit the high-speed stability of a long wheelbase, the GR Corolla employs a 60 mm wider track up front and an 85 mm wider track in the rear to command a high level of cornering performance. The result: sporty driving at will with peace of mind. And to complete the package, the GR Corolla retains a five-door, five-passenger layout for both exceptional usability in daily life and driving pleasure. Since its birth in 1966, the Corolla has evolved throughout its generations into a variety of sedans, wagons, hatchbacks, and SUVs to meet the changing lifestyles of Toyota customers over time. With the GR Corolla joining the lineup as a sports car packed tight with driving performance and functionality ready to be embraced by many customers, the Corolla series will keep on continuing to evolve. Main features of the GR Corolla 1. A motorsports-bred design refined into functional beauty Exterior While the basic body framework of the Corolla Sport has been adopted, 20 mm wider front fenders and 30 mm wider rear fenders produce a broader stance that foreshadows a spirited driving experience. The triple exhausts of a muffler created to further increase the output of the 1.6-liter in-line three-cylinder intercooler turbo engine emphasize the unique, powerful, and sporty rear. Honing the vehicle’s cooling and aerodynamic performance on all kinds of roads, including racing circuits, dirt roads, and snow-covered roads, resulted in the inclusion of a front-bumper air intake and front-fender and hood-bulge air outlets. Interior A short-stroke shift lever positioned for natural operation by simply lowering the arm from the steering wheel enables quick gear changes. A hand-operated parking brake has been used to allow better vehicle control even when pushing the car to its limits, such as when drifting. The Full TFT Meter, which was developed exclusively for GR models, has been newly adopted. Inspired by race cars and reflecting insight from professional drivers, the new display improves visibility during sporty driving. 2. An evolved version of the GR Yaris 1.6-liter in-line three-cylinder intercooler turbo engine Engine exhaust efficiency was improved to achieve even higher output from the same compact, lightweight, high-power unit that propels the GR Yaris. A valve-equipped triple-exhaust muffler reduces both exhaust pressure and noise. In sum, the engine provides overwhelming acceleration and a more-pleasant extension of RPMs. 3. A wide track and long wheelbase for excellent driving stability and control The basic body framework of the Toyota Corolla Sport has been adopted, and, while retaining the excellent driving stability provided by a long wheelbase, high-speed cornering performance has been improved by widening the track by 60 mm up front and by 85 mm in the rear. Stability and control during sporty driving have been greatly enhanced, allowing confidence and enjoyment while driving as one pleases, even when pushing the car to its limits. 4. A selectable-mode GR-FOUR 4WD system and a high-rigidity body The featured GR-FOUR 4WD system uses an electronic multi-plate clutch to provide variable front and rear driving force, like in the GR Yaris. This time, however, the system’s “4WD” mode, which controls driving force distribution, and its “Drive” mode, which controls accelerator response, steering, and others, have been separated to enable selection according to driver preference and the driving environment. Furthermore, the use of pillow-ball bushings and the optimization of the springs, shock absorbers, and wheel alignment combine to fully transmit the GR-FOUR’s optimal distribution of driving force to the road surface. This has resulted in overwhelming cornering performance. Body rigidity has been strengthened to achieve driving performance that agilely responds to driver operation. In addition to the high-rigidity basic framework made possible through production at the GR Factory at Toyota’s Motomachi Plant, braces have been added between the rear wheel wells, to the under-floor tunnel, and under the floor in front of the fuel tank to improve handling stability. Also, like in the case of the GR Yaris, the roof panel is made of CFRP*5 molded by the SMC*6 process, which offers a high degree of freedom of shape and contributes not only to increased rigidity but also to weight reduction. Opposed caliper disk brakes provide stable braking force and controllability, enabling confident and enjoyable driving, even on racing circuits. 5. Advanced safety and security even for a sports car The latest active safety package, Toyota Safety Sense, comes standard, allowing the combination of safety and security in daily driving and the driving pleasure of a sports car. Main specifications of the all-new GR Corolla (development target values for the North American market) Length[mm] 4,410 Width[mm] 1,850 Height[mm] 1,480 mm including antenna; the roof height is 1,455 mm Wheelbase[mm] 2,640 Track Front[mm] 1,590 Rear[mm] 1,620 Seating capacity 5 Vehicle weight[kg] 1,475 Engine 1.6-liter in-line three-cylinder intercooler turbo engine Type G16E-GTS Bore x stroke[mm] 87.5 x 89.7 Total displacement[liters] 1.618 Compression ratio 10.5 Maximum output[kW(PS)/rpm] 224(304)/6,500 Maximum torque[N・m (kgf・m)/rpm] 370(37.7)/3,000~5,550 Transmission iMT (6-speed manual transmission) Driveline GR-FOUR 4WD system Electronic multi-plate clutch 4WD (with 3 selectable modes) Gear ratio 1/2/3/4/5/6/Reverse 3.538/2.238/1.535/1.162/1.081/0.902/3.831 Reduction ratio 1–4/5,6, Reverse 4.058/3.45 Differentials Front Torsen®*7LSD Rear Torsen®*7LSD Suspension Front MacPherson strut Rear Double wishbone Brakes Front Ventilated disk (18-inch aluminum opposed 4-pot calipers) Rear Ventilated disk (16-inch aluminum opposed 2-pot calipers) Wheels 18-inch, Gloss Black, 15-spoke, cast alloy Tires (front/rear) 235/40R18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 Fuel tank capacity[liters] 50 *1 A production-car-based drift series held in various locations around the United States. In the 2022 series, TGR will compete with four cars in total: the GR Corolla (one unit), GR86 (two units), and GR Supra (one unit). *2 The Press On Regardless rally held in the United States *3 The current Rally Finland *4 Toward realizing motorsports that are carbon-neutral and sustainable, the vehicle is aimed at honing, through motorsports, hydrogen engine technologies, which represent a new power source option. Participation using a hydrogen engine-equipped Corolla in the Super Taikyu Series started in 2021 with Round 3 under the banner of ROOKIE Racing. *5 Carbon fiber reinforced plastic *6 Sheet molding compound *7 Torsen is a registered trademark of JTEKT Corporation.
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