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Toyota’s GR Corolla Morizo Edition pumps 300 horsepower

Written by Rohit Tonapi

Toyota’s hot hatch is getting even hotter for 2023. The GR Corolla is now getting a special, Morizo Edition for 2023. The Morizo moniker comes from Toyota Akio Toyoda’s nickname. The special edition uses the Circuit Edition trim as the base and adds even more on top of it. All the additions aim to make it an even more track-capable machine.

Toyota GR Corolla Morizo Edition – Highlights

The Morizo Edition of the GR Corolla’s exterior differs slightly from the standard one. The front of the car gets new functional brake cooling ducts. The model also gets Morizo’s signature on the front windshield. At the rear, the car gets a smaller spoiler than the Circuit Edition. The Morizo Edition will be available in two colour options – a model-exclusive Matte Steel finish and Windchill Pearl.  

On the inside, the upholstery is a mix of synthetic leather and Brin Naub faux suede in a black/red colour combination. For weight reduction, the Morizo does not have rear seats. It uses the additional space for two braces for extra structural rigidity instead. Toyota says there’s enough space to fit four tires for a track day.

The car also rides on new 18-inch BBS forged aluminium wheels. These replace the standard model’s cast alloy wheels. The wheels are shod on wider and stickier 245-section Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. In comparison, the standard model uses 235-section Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres. 

The Morizo Edition tips the scales at approximately 1,445 kg, which is 48 kg less than the Circuit Edition. To achieve this, the Morizo went on a diet. Most of the weight savings come from removing bits from the rear of the car. These include the seats, speakers, window regulators, wiper blades, and wiper motor.

Toyota GR Corolla Morizo Edition – Powertrain

The special edition continues to use the same G16E-GTS 1.6-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine. In the Morizo Edition, it pumps out an identical 300 HP. However, the torque sees an increase from 370 Nm to 400 Nm. Although, the torque band is smaller. The Morizo makes peak torque from 3,250 to 4,600 rpm. On the other hand, the Circuit Edition makes its peak torque from 3,000 to 5,500 rpm. 

The Morizo Edition continues to use the same 6-speed manual gearbox. However, the differential gears are lower-geared. Additionally, the first three gears have a closer ratio. This means the Morizo will offer quicker acceleration off the line. Although, the overall top speed will take a hit. 

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