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.

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Comments (31)

  • a hatch to be sold in US?

    and a hot rod version too?

    that's hard to believe!

      2 months ago
    • it's a brave new world

        2 months ago
    • I hope you are right.

      Cannot see Americans dumping their SUV's and trucks for a little hatch.

      Then again, I thought Soviet Union would never disappear, and it did.

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        2 months ago
  • If there continued to be a SAAB 9-3 Turbo and it evolved with the technology it might resemble this car; now, with Toyota reliabilty. We win.

      2 months ago
  • a bit ugly though?.. The front's fine, but the side.. put it next to the GTI, which one you want?

    Also the GTI has a functional hatch. So does the Focus. The Toyota seems to have a much sloppier roof line, which eats into the usable space. Why? Or maybe it's just how it looks like in pictures

      2 months ago
    • Yes but I'm thinking =hoping) that this might be cheaper than the Golf

        2 months ago
    • the Ford is cheaper than the Golf... :)

      I guess more choice is better anyway.

      It's just nobody makes what I want - a V8 that is under $30K new. And my wife isn't letting me buy a used Crown Vic Interceptor..

        2 months ago
  • The Corolla hatch is what I'm looking at as my first big car purchase. Not this one because sadly I can't drive manual lol but it's a fantastic car and it's such a relief to have a hot hatch is the US for all enthusiasts !

      2 months ago
    • ah, don't worry, it's the easiest thing in the world. You can learn how to do that in five minutes

        2 months ago
    • LEARN MANUAL PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You're missing out so much! These cars become 5x more fun with a manual, the auto they use is a GARBAGE CVT. Do yourself a favor and learn manual or you will regret it! This is your first big car purchase so...

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        2 months ago
  • I am more than likely going to buy one´┐╝

      2 months ago
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