Toyota Australia could offer more track-honed GR Corolla Morizo Editions following the initial launch this year, beyond the initial 25 units already secured for our market in 2023.
Speaking with CarExpert at the Australian media launch for the most track-focused Corolla ever, a Toyota Australia spokesperson wouldn’t say “never” to more units becoming available Down Under.
“There is no commitment to further production of Morizo Edition beyond the 25 units we get at launch. That is not to say it won’t happen, but we are not making that commitment,” said a Toyota Australia spokesperson.
“We believe our grade strategy is appropriate for this market, given the strictly limited volume we have been able to secure. With that said, our product planning team is always looking for possible ways to improve upon our product line-ups.”
The GR Corolla Morizo Edition takes the ‘standard’ rally-bred GR Corolla hot hatch and dials it up past 11.
Compared to the regular version, the Morizo Edition is 30kg lighter, courtesy of the rear seats being removed as well as lightweight 18-inch BBS forged alloy wheels – which are wrapped in sticky 245/40 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.
There’s a carbon-fibre reinforced plastic roof (-2.5kg) which also lowers the centre of gravity, while further mass has been saved by removing features like steering wheel heating, parking sensors, and wireless phone charger, as well as using single-zone climate control instead of dual-zone.
Further, the 1.6-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine has seen torque increased to 400Nm (+30Nm) from 3250rpm. Power remains the same at 221kW (5500rpm).
A recalibrated six-speed intelligent manual transmission scores revised gear ratios for first and third for better torque response, likewise the final gear ratio. The spring inside the synchroniser has also been strengthened for an improved shift action “during sports driving”.
The track-ready GR Corolla Morizo Edition is priced from a lofty $77,800 plus on-road costs, though it’s understood the entire 25-vehicle run for 2023 has already been accounted for.
Buyers of the Morizo Edition have the exclusive option of Matte Steel exterior point, which adds a further $2500.
Stay tuned to CarExpert for our track review of the GR Corolla Morizo Edition coming 7:00PM AEST June 29.