The 268-hp Toyota Corolla Hot Hatch is coming to the U.S. with a 6-speed manual
I'd call that good news
Toyota recently confirmed that the 2021 GR Yaris isn't coming to the U.S. but they also said that a hot version of the Corolla hatchback is going to be available at some point, and it is going to use the same basic powertrain as the GR Yaris.
In the upcoming months, possibly in 2021, Toyota is going to unveil the Corolla Sport GRMN, developed by the brand's sports division Gazoo Racing, which is going to be powered by the same turbocharged 1.6-liter engine found in the Yaris GR, producing 268 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque and, that's the cool part, it is also going to use the same six-speed manual gearbox and all-wheel drive.
The Japanese manufacturer was also reportedly going to use the same powertrain for another new model, possibly the next gen C-HR, but that was before Covid so everything was put on hold and we may have to wait a bit longer for that to happen.
Most car makers have been hit hard by Covid, sales have been plummeting and the financial pressure is becoming unbearable. And things weren't too bright even before the outbreak, chiefly because they were all busy investing billions of dollars to make green cars and profitability was becoming a problem. We're probably looking at a few years of downsizing ahead of us, and I guess we have to find a way to look on the bright side.
So, let's grab a cup of coffee, let's go back to the golden days of hot hatches and wait. And who knows, maybe ten years from now, Toyota is going to give us another LFA.