Toyota GR Corolla Hatch 1,6T

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A turbocharged 1,6-litre three-cylinder engine is an engineering marvel that catapults it amongst expensive high-performance sports cars.

Road Tests by Rubin van Niekerk

…hotter than just hot

Growing up amongst car and bike enthusiasts, I know that the GR Hatch is a game-changer amongst compact performance cars. Perfect seamless power, precision, and practicality makes you want a track, even though it is easy to drive anywhere. Falling in love with this little iconic hatch is a given. Hang onto this baby as it will become an investment car for sure.
A turbocharged 1,6-litre three-cylinder engine is an engineering marvel that catapults it amongst expensive high-performance sports cars. This gem spoils you with 221kW and 370Nm from 3 000rpm with a perfect power curve and blistering acceleration from 0–100km/h in 5 seconds.
The lightweight engine contributes to the hatch’s nimble handling, allowing for quick acceleration and precise control. The GR Hatch is only available locally in a crisp 6-speed manual transmission, catering to the preferences of driving enthusiasts and collectors.
The GR Hatch’s chassis is designed with a focus on rigidity and balance, providing a solid foundation for the hatch’s dynamic capabilities. The intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD) system enhances its engaging characteristics, optimising traction and stability, especially during spirited driving or challenging road conditions. The GR is on home turf wherever you point the nose.
Aerodynamics and aggressive styling are emphasised by the distinctive GR front grille, that reflects the sporting pedigree. Muscular flared wheel arches and aerodynamic side skirts are also functional. A driver-centric cockpit features supportive yet comfortable sports seats that gives lateral support during spirited driving. The interior is adorned with high-quality materials and carbon-fibre accents, reflecting the sporting DNA.
Ample headroom and legroom for both front and rear passengers is far better than the norm and loading and unloading of cargo is a breeze.
Advanced technology features complement the core DNA and the infotainment system, is intuitive and responsive. Smartphone integration, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, ensures seamless connectivity for navigation, music, and hands-free communication.
Driver-assistance features includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, and a 360-degree camera system contribute to both active and passive safety measures.
It is exhilarating to experience the passion induced driving experience where the turbocharged engine’s divine nature reveals itself. Toyota’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of automotive engineering continues to earn it many accolades. The Toyota GR Hatch delivers an all-encompassing driving experience transcending the segment.
Pricing of R841 000 includes a Service Plan of nine services/90 000km.

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