A few leaked images of a still unrevealed, bloated Toyota Corolla have revived some sports car enthusiasts.
Toyota planned to unveil its new Gazoo Racing sports car at 9:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday. But information about the 2023 Toyota GR Corolla was apparently posted on the automaker’s website early Thursday, according to the Motor Authority’s website.
“It didn’t take long for keen eyes to spot the error and post it on Reddit,” Motor Authority said.
Social site users liked the sedan’s expected 300 horsepower engine, carbon roof and triple exhaust pipes. “I never thought that at any time in my life I would be jealous of people getting a Corolla,” a Reddit poster wrote using the ID “dreadnought_81.”
Motor Authority also noted, “The exterior resembles a bloated Corolla with flared fenders housing a wider track, rear diffuser and functional fender vents.”
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Site operators also viewed a YouTube video, since removed, with an animated version of the new car “running its gears so fans can hear what the turbo-3 looks like.”
The new Corolla, noted British motoring news site Autocar, has “a much more aggressive body design in line with its performance, with an expansive front grille, new bonnet vents, a thick rear spoiler , flared arches and triple outlet exhausts are the most obvious differentiators from the standard Toyota Corolla.”
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He added that “performance alloy wheels and heavy-duty brakes complete the visual overhaul, but unlike the hot Yaris it retains a pair of rear doors.”
Car and Driver also spotted leaked Corolla details and pointed out, “the new performance model has AWD and a 300hp version of the GR Yaris’ 1.6-litre turbocharged three-cylinder,” a sports car released. in 2021 that was not manufactured available in the United States.
Toyota plans to livestream its unveiling of the sports car on Vimeo at 9:30 p.m. EDT.
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