Toyota announces an even faster GR Corolla–the GR Corolla Morizo–plus a GR86 spec series and GR86 Special Edition.

J.A.
By J.A. Ackley
Jun 2, 2022 | Toyota, Gazoo Racing, gr86, Toyota Racing, GR Corolla, TRD, GR Cup Series

Photography Courtesy Toyota

This morning Toyota revealed two new GR modelsGR Corolla Morizo and GR86 Special Edition–along with a new series for the GR86, the GR Cup Series.

The GR Corolla Morizo bumps power, cuts weight and improves handling over the rest of the GR Corolla line. This new model boasts 300 horsepower with torque increased to 295 lb.-ft.; the other GR Corolla models make do with 273 lb.-ft. of torque.

Engineers also slashed about a hundred pounds of weight: 3186 pounds compared to 3292 pounds for the GR Corolla Circuit Edition.

The GR Corolla Morizo also rides on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires mounted on 18-inch forged aluminum wheels. The model also features increased rigidity plus a specially tuned suspension that provides, as Toyota says, a “precision driving feel fit for racing.” Toyota will only produce 200 numbered units for 2023.

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The GR86 Special Edition builds on the GR86 Premium model. Solar Shift Orange comes exclusive to the Special Edition. Other features unique to the model include a black C-pillar graphic, rear duckbill spoiler, forged matte 18-inch alloy wheels and GR cat-back exhaust with black chrome tips. Toyota will limit production to 860 units.

The last bit of big news: A new, single-make series debuts in 2023–the GR Cup for the GR86. The series will be sanctioned by SRO America, while TRD will build the specially equipped GR Cup cars in its new facility in Mooresville, North Carolina.

TRD will outfit each GR86 with Bosch engine management, custom Borla exhaust, SADEV six-speed sequential transmission, Alcon brakes, JRI adjustable shocks, OMP safety equipment, roll cage, carbon fiber rear wing, 22-gallon fuel cell, TGRNA designed MacPherson struts, Stratasys custom bodywork, a TGRNA designed splitter and more.

The GR Cup looks to provide, as Toyota says, “affordable competition” in 14 events across seven circuits in the U.S. For its initial season, the series offers one million dollars in total purse and prizes. Schedule and pricing on vehicles to be announced this summer. And, of course, we hope to drive all of these cars very soon.

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trumant (Forum Supporter)
trumant (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand Reader
6/1/22 9:02 a.m.

That orange special edition with forged wheels is quite stunning

fidelity101
fidelity101 UberDork
6/1/22 9:09 a.m.

stratasys custom body work? so they are going to be 3d printed 

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
6/1/22 9:55 a.m.

I'm happy to hear of Toyota commitments to sport but I morn the move away from yellow, orange, red on white.  

 

Captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
Captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/1/22 10:26 a.m.

In reply to trumant (Forum Supporter) :

The special edition anniversary ND in that orange was great as well. Toyota is really targeting the MX-5 with the 86 

 

Also, the apocalypse must be coming, as Toyota has managed to create a lust worthy Corolla. 

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
6/1/22 10:55 a.m.

hunter47
hunter47 Reader
6/1/22 11:17 a.m.

oh yeah. That's hot.

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/1/22 11:24 a.m.

In reply to hunter47 :

That does look good. 

Definitely gone now
Definitely gone now SuperDork
6/1/22 11:28 a.m.

Anyone know why it's called the chorizo edition?

adam525i
adam525i GRM+ Memberand Dork
6/1/22 11:45 a.m.

It's a shame race car drivers can't shift a normal transmission anymore. 

adam525i
adam525i GRM+ Memberand Dork
6/1/22 11:51 a.m.

In reply to Definitely gone now :

That's a spicy Corolla! lol

Here is your answer though, I can see why we are getting some cool cars with this guy in charge!

https://toyotatimes.jp/en/spotlights/toyota_times/0002.html

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
6/1/22 11:51 a.m.

In reply to Definitely gone now :

From Toyota:

The GR Corolla Morizo Edition, which was announced simultaneously in the United States, is a trim level aimed at achieving "an untamed energy that captivates customers" and "a driving taste that excites and that powers the urge to keep on driving" and was discerningly crafted, with Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) President and Master Driver Akio Toyoda, a.k.a. Morizo, directly behind the wheel of development prototypes.

gearheadE30
gearheadE30 Dork
6/1/22 11:55 a.m.

I'm really not sure how to feel about the exhaust setup on that Corolla, but I love what Toyota is trying to do with this stuff and the 86 is pretty sharp.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/1/22 12:02 p.m.

In reply to Captdownshift (Forum Supporter) :

It's like the AE86 all over again. (Although, technically, I guess the GR86 is the AE86's successor–or something like that.)

Too late to bring back the FX16 GT-S nameplate? 

vwcorvette (Forum Supporter)
vwcorvette (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UberDork
6/1/22 12:03 p.m.
adam525i said:

It's a shame race car drivers can't shift a normal transmission anymore. 

Can't? How about don't need to. Faster is faster.

Definitely gone now
Definitely gone now SuperDork
6/1/22 12:15 p.m.
Colin Wood said:

In reply to Definitely gone now :

From Toyota:

The GR Corolla Morizo Edition, which was announced simultaneously in the United States, is a trim level aimed at achieving "an untamed energy that captivates customers" and "a driving taste that excites and that powers the urge to keep on driving" and was discerningly crafted, with Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) President and Master Driver Akio Toyoda, a.k.a. Morizo, directly behind the wheel of development prototypes.

That quote doesn't tell the half of it. Adam525 linked an article that made me walk away with new found respect for this "Morizo", and for his mentor!

te72
te72 Reader
6/1/22 1:21 p.m.

Not sure how the rest of you do math where you're from, but "Engineers also slashed almost a hundred pounds of weight: 3186 pounds compared to 3292 pounds for the GR Corolla Circuit Edition." would suggest to me that this Morizo version is in fact, 106 lbs lighter.

 

Also, for some reason, that front picture of the orange 86 really reminds me of what a modern day Porsche 944 might have looked like. The headlights kinda look modern Porsche, the grille shape lends an 80's vibe to it, the overall proportions... I dig it.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/1/22 1:33 p.m.

Fix the comment about the weight–thanks–and, yeah, is the 86 a modern 944? (With the heart of a 911, kinda?)

adam525i
adam525i GRM+ Memberand Dork
6/1/22 1:37 p.m.

In reply to vwcorvette (Forum Supporter) :

Why don't they throw a turbo on the spec race car too then? Faster is faster after all.

Edit: I guess what I'm getting at is that it is a spec series so this is an area where a drivers skill could make the difference and that has been removed when they just have to pull a lever/hit a paddle. I can see how a standard road going transmission won't be happy in that environment (see Spec MX-5) even though it will stand up to track abuse with a driver that isn't going to sacrifice the trans for a tenth of second gain. If these cars running sequential transmissions leads to these being more affordable/available for all the privateers running these cars in other motorsports then that is a nice bonus.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/1/22 1:42 p.m.

So, another thought.

MX-5 features a deep, deep pool regarding driving talent and setup.

Is the new Toyota series a way to get in on the ground floor of a possibly comparable series? (Also, $1m?)

DrBoost
DrBoost MegaDork
6/1/22 3:24 p.m.

Call me jaded, but I don't think it's possible for Toyota to excite me. 
they catered to the geriatric set for far too long. Almost like jumping the shark, but instead of jumping the shark, they took a Rascal acooter around the shark and went to the buffet for a 3pm dinner. 

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/1/22 3:30 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

So, another thought.

MX-5 features a deep, deep pool regarding driving talent and setup.

Is the new Toyota series a way to get in on the ground floor of a possibly comparable series? (Also, $1m?)

That's my reaction. This is a straight shot at MX-5 Global Cup. They even use the same transmission. Why would you, as a driver, chose one over the other?

GRM, your assignment is to get both cars to a real racetrack and give us a report. I suspect it's going to be the usual lightweight vs powerful thing where the nature of the course determines which car has the upper hand.

Also, a 22 gallon fuel cell? How long are these races?

Purple Frog (Forum Supporter)
Purple Frog (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
6/1/22 4:01 p.m.

I'm sort of laughing.  They are going to build cars for a series to promote the car, when they can't supply the market demand right now.

Oldboy Speedwell
Oldboy Speedwell Reader
6/1/22 4:19 p.m.

Pic of rear seat delete in the GRolla Morizo edition.

 

I think it's cool that they're doing it, but still think that rsd on a 5dr is rather odd.

 

What about giving us the GR Yaris instead?

 

That would make me happy.

 

That said, Renault did the same thing with one of their 5dr hatches...

 

...but me being a grumpy curmudgeon would still much prefer the earlier 3dr hatch R26R version.

 

 

 

preach (dudeist priest)
preach (dudeist priest) GRM+ Memberand Dork
6/1/22 4:45 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

Too late to bring back the FX16 GT-S nameplate? 

No.

Both of those cars are droolworthy.

Andy Neuman
Andy Neuman SuperDork
6/1/22 5:08 p.m.

I'll order a gr86 special edition today if I could pay MSRP for it. 

calteg
calteg SuperDork
6/1/22 5:37 p.m.
Andy Neuman said:

I'll order a gr86 special edition today if I could pay MSRP for it. 

Good Times Racing - Bad decisions make great stories

Seconded. I missed the boat on the 30AE miata...now every time I see one for sale they're asking $10k over MSRP

msterbeau
msterbeau New Reader
6/1/22 5:59 p.m.

I wonder if you'll be able to get one of the GR 86 Cup cars without running the series?  That with a supercharged motor is very close to what I want for a track car...  :-)

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo PowerDork
6/1/22 7:02 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

Also, a 22 gallon fuel cell? How long are these races?

There's been a "Spec GT86" class in the past at the VLN/NLS (but not the N24)... considering Akio/Morizo's history racing at the 'Ring, I'd guess that might be part of the motivation for that size cell?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/1/22 7:34 p.m.

In reply to msterbeau :

FWIW, not all MX-5 Cup cars are raced because yeah, track car. 

I'm assuming we'll hear more details on this one soon. 

racerfink
racerfink UltraDork
6/1/22 7:40 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

Fix the comment about the weight–thanks–and, yeah, is the 86 a modern 944? (With the heart of a [b]912[/b] kinda?)

Fixed that for you.  Okay, apparently I didn't completely fix it, but you get the idea.

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo PowerDork
6/1/22 8:02 p.m.

They're really not slow...

a really well driven stock-ish one from the Toyota PE group finished 19th overall at OneLap only a couple weeks ago; besting a number of 911's in the process.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/1/22 8:16 p.m.
adam525i said:

It's a shame race car drivers can't shift a normal transmission anymore. 

They never could.  That is why no top racing tier uses them anymore. Even NASCAR no longer uses H pattern transmissions smiley.  Don't forget that the DSG transmission was developed in the 1980s for use in Porsche 962s and Audi S1 E2 rally cars.

 

Unless people like Fangio and Moss and Senna could shift in time measured in tens of milliseconds...

msterbeau
msterbeau New Reader
6/1/22 8:30 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

My understanding was that these kinds of factory built race cars were often limited to licensed racers who intended to run them in whatever series they were designed for.  I'll be in the market for something in 2023. I can build my own and most likely will, but the option of a (relatively) affordable factory built machine to start with would be nice.  

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
6/1/22 8:44 p.m.

In reply to msterbeau :

From the sounds of it, I'm not sure how restrictive TRD will be with selling these cars. While the price hasn't been set, I'd expect it to between a Mazda MX-5 Cup and a Porsche Cup vehicle.

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
6/1/22 8:46 p.m.
sleepyhead the buffalo said:
Keith Tanner said:

Also, a 22 gallon fuel cell? How long are these races?

There's been a "Spec GT86" class in the past at the VLN/NLS (but not the N24)... considering Akio/Morizo's history racing at the 'Ring, I'd guess that might be part of the motivation for that size cell?

That's correct - a 22-ish gallon fuel cell. They built it with the capability of being raced in long-distance events.

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
6/1/22 8:50 p.m.
Definitely gone now said:

Anyone know why it's called the chorizo edition?

See: https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/news/where-did-gr-corolla-morizo-get-its-name/

It's quite the story, and quite the spicy car, indeed.

adam525i
adam525i GRM+ Memberand Dork
6/1/22 10:17 p.m.
sleepyhead the buffalo said:
Keith Tanner said:

Also, a 22 gallon fuel cell? How long are these races?

There's been a "Spec GT86" class in the past at the VLN/NLS (but not the N24)... considering Akio/Morizo's history racing at the 'Ring, I'd guess that might be part of the motivation for that size cell?

One of those cars was in the N24 this year and finished in 80th, no MX-5's though.

adam525i
adam525i GRM+ Memberand Dork
6/1/22 10:21 p.m.

I missed this back in February but you can buy a Subaru BRZ Cup Car Basic or GR86 Cup Car Basic to race in the "two make" spec series in Japan, price converts to around $29,000 with a roll cage, 6-point belt mounting points, oil cooler and standard steelies! I doubt the NA version will be near that with it's fancy transmission.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/1/22 10:40 p.m.
msterbeau said:

In reply to David S. Wallens :

My understanding was that these kinds of factory built race cars were often limited to licensed racers who intended to run them in whatever series they were designed for.  I'll be in the market for something in 2023. I can build my own and most likely will, but the option of a (relatively) affordable factory built machine to start with would be nice.  

It depends. I have seen these factory-built race cars limited to drivers committed to the series while others haven't had such restrictions. Sometimes, initially sales are limited to teams and then opened up to the general public. 

adam525i
adam525i GRM+ Memberand Dork
6/1/22 11:05 p.m.

Looks like the MSRP for the Cup car will be $11.95...on iRacing! They really are going after the MX-5 cup car.

"Can’t make it to the racetrack? iRacing fans will soon be able to expand their garage with the addition of the Toyota GR86 Cup car, coming in 2023."

Now I really wish it was a standard transmission instead of the sequential.

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy MegaDork
6/1/22 11:08 p.m.
Colin Wood said:

In reply to Definitely gone now :

From Toyota:

The GR Corolla Morizo Edition, which was announced simultaneously in the United States, is a trim level aimed at achieving "an untamed energy that captivates customers" and "a driving taste that excites and that powers the urge to keep on driving" and was discerningly crafted.....

Only 200?  This guy guesstimates $52,000?   

I love all the deleted stuff to save weight but who can really get one?  I'm still a big fan.

 

 

mr2peak
mr2peak Dork
6/2/22 3:16 a.m.

I'm in for the Morizo GR Yaris. Why cut weight in the Corolla when the Yaris already exists?

gunner (Forum Supporter)
gunner (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
6/2/22 8:09 a.m.

Here's an "easy " fix to use the FX-16 nameplate. Since the FX-16 was always FWD just make the GR Corolla the FX-16 FWD. Done, new model, cuts weight and (hopefully) cost and complexity. Keep it available with three pedal manual transmission, sell a million of them and profit.

madmrak351
madmrak351 Reader
6/2/22 8:44 a.m.

In reply to gunner (Forum Supporter) :

Wasn’t the FX16 label because it was a 16 valve 4 cyl? That math won’t work on 3 cyls.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/2/22 9:46 a.m.

In reply to madmrak351 :

Don't marsh our mellows. laugh

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/2/22 10:04 a.m.
madmrak351 said:

In reply to gunner (Forum Supporter) :

Wasn’t the FX16 label because it was a 16 valve 4 cyl? That math won’t work on 3 cyls.

If this bothers you, don't ever look at a BMW.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/2/22 10:06 a.m.
adam525i said:

I missed this back in February but you can buy a Subaru BRZ Cup Car Basic or GR86 Cup Car Basic to race in the "two make" spec series in Japan, price converts to around $29,000 with a roll cage, 6-point belt mounting points, oil cooler and standard steelies! I doubt the NA version will be near that with it's fancy transmission.

That is the least sexy looking factory race car in existence :) Aren't they supposed to all low with holes and splitters and bulges and wings and fat tires? That looks like the "from $29,000*" price leader.


* limited number available air conditioning a transmission and functioning windows are an optional extra cost option that every dealer will select

kb58
kb58 SuperDork
6/2/22 10:25 a.m.

Maybe it's a case of "when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail", but now that I have a Jaguar F-Type, the GR86 Special Edition looks like it lifted a lot of its styling from the former.

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
6/2/22 10:56 a.m.

I love that the "click here to order" button on the GR Cup page is just an email link. It's very skunkworks. 

Also, Stafford1500 to the GR86 courtesy phone. I have to imagine you might know a thing or two about these cars, right?

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
6/2/22 11:25 a.m.

Corolla: 300 hp out of 3cyl !!!!!

fidelity101
fidelity101 UberDork
6/2/22 11:37 a.m.

In reply to mr2peak :

NA homogation - new lamps and all the country specific road stuff needs to be tooled up since we don't have this gen yaris here. huge cost from a road legality standpoint. for a few hundred per year to a few thousand thats going to jump the price to the consumer through the roof. Toyota won't eat that bill - they pass the savings onto us! 

 

but if you don't live in North America - go buy a GR yaris then!

 

madmrak351
madmrak351 Reader
6/2/22 12:28 p.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

True that. My wife’s 2 liter 328 for example.

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/2/22 1:20 p.m.
madmrak351 said:

In reply to gunner (Forum Supporter) :

Wasn’t the FX16 label because it was a 16 valve 4 cyl? That math won’t work on 3 cyls.

This is the company that made automatic equipped SR5 models.

SR5 meaning single rail 5 speed...

SpeedwayFan
SpeedwayFan New Reader
6/2/22 1:22 p.m.

I honestly wouldn't be surprised if Toyota runs the GR86 in NASCAR

jb229
jb229 New Reader
6/2/22 6:14 p.m.

In reply to mr2peak :

Couple reasons come to mind, first that the Yaris can't feasibly be done to TCR regs (requires at least 4 doors, which is why the Veloster N was fine) and second, tuning the Corolla chassis is currently a project because they're using a Corolla for Morizo's personal ride in the Super Taikyu series in Japan (Fuji 24hr this weekend on youtube!) so I assume they just applied what they were doing there to the existing GR Corolla. 

That being said, his Corolla is an experimental hydrogen model he's splitting with a gaggle of other toyota factory drivers and friends.  Also, we'll never get the GR Yaris in a million years.

cck
cck New Reader
6/2/22 7:45 p.m.

In reply to calteg :

I think that's a bit exaggerated.  Used car prices are exceptionally high in general recently.  I have seen several 30AEs sell for close to MSRP, a couple with non trivial mods such that the sale price was arguably a pretty good deal.  ( my 30 AE is #53 and I am not looking to sell )

cck
cck New Reader
6/2/22 7:47 p.m.

In reply to adam525i :

I was curious why Sadev and not say a DCT?  So I googled and found a reasonable explanation https://www.motorauthority.com/news/1130386_here-s-the-difference-between-sequential-and-dual-clutch-gearboxes

cck
cck New Reader
6/2/22 7:52 p.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

suspect this is a case of imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Mazda have established a great template, Toyota embracing it is at least partially even more impact of Mazda's efforts.

 

cck
cck New Reader
6/2/22 7:52 p.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

suspect this is a case of imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Mazda have established a great template, Toyota embracing it is at least partially even more impact of Mazda's efforts.

 

te72
te72 Reader
6/3/22 4:51 p.m.

In reply to madmrak351 :

I always thought the "16" in FX16 was a reference to the 4AGE being a 1.6L engine, so I think we're good! The G16 is indeed also 1.6L, so you can rest easy. =)

Definitely gone now
Definitely gone now SuperDork
6/3/22 7:00 p.m.
J.A. Ackley said:
Definitely gone now said:

Anyone know why it's called the chorizo edition?

See: https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/news/where-did-gr-corolla-morizo-get-its-name/

It's quite the story, and quite the spicy car, indeed.

Lmfao son. That post was made after mine. 

j_tso
j_tso GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
6/4/22 4:44 p.m.

Part 1 of English coverage of the Fuji 24H race

As mentioned above, the #32 Corolla is turbo-hydrogen powered and among the drivers are Morizo (Akio Toyoda) and ex-WRC driver Jari-Matti Latvala.

Closing hours coverage starts at 22:30 CST.

Ars Technica article on the engine, and another one

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
6/6/22 9:46 a.m.
j_tso said:

Part 1 of English coverage of the Fuji 24H race

As mentioned above, the #32 Corolla is turbo-hydrogen powered and among the drivers are Morizo (Akio Toyoda) and ex-WRC driver Jari-Matti Latvala.

Closing hours coverage starts at 22:30 CST.

Ars Technica article on the engine, and another one

Thanks for sharing! I drove the hydrogen fuel cell-powered Mirai last Friday. Toyota's one of the few manufacturers dabbling in hydrogen. I believe Hyundai is the other, with the Nexo. Hydrogen has potential - abundant fuel source, with clean emissions (H2O) - but it's been a struggle to develop infrastructure to support it here in the U.S.

fidelity101
fidelity101 UberDork
6/6/22 2:59 p.m.

okay off topic but anyone else not noticing this PRIME opportunity?

the FRS needs this 3 cyl engine, ditch that stupid boxer and make it a real toyota. 300hp? RWD? prooven rally platform? its perfect. 

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/6/22 7:44 p.m.
fidelity101 said:

okay off topic but anyone else not noticing this PRIME opportunity?

the FRS needs this 3 cyl engine, ditch that stupid boxer and make it a real toyota. 300hp? RWD? prooven rally platform? its perfect. 

The GT86 HAS this engine in a Japanese racing series.  Well, a 1.4l version.

https://car.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/1366184.html

BlueInGreen - Jon
BlueInGreen - Jon UltraDork
6/6/22 8:16 p.m.
fidelity101 said:

okay off topic but anyone else not noticing this PRIME opportunity?

the FRS needs this 3 cyl engine, ditch that stupid boxer and make it a real toyota. 300hp? RWD? prooven rally platform? its perfect. 

Ha, that was the first thing I thought when the GR Corolla was first unveiled.

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