In just one short year, the GR Corolla has become everyone’s favorite five-door all-wheel-drive hot hatch, piggybacking off the lore of its GR Yaris baby brother. Not a small feat, right? It would’ve been easy for its maker to rest on their laurels, but the wizards at Gazoo Racing have made some minor tweaks to the 2024 Toyota GR Corolla Circuit Edition that all add up to an even more appealing package, including a new color that ought to make Tobias Fünke proud.
The biggest issue with the GR Corolla Circuit Edition is a limited choice of good colors. Sure, you can order it in Supersonic Red, but the other choices are all shades. As fun as it is to run around town in one of the giant balls normally found outside of Target, sometimes you just need a different burst of brightness. It’s a hot hatch, it should come in at least one color that does the whole Dr. Strangelove face-melting thing to pedestrians as you pass by. Thankfully, Toyota has realized the error of its ways and will offer the 2024 GR Corolla Circuit Edition in Blue Flame, which is exactly as bright as it sounds.
It’s actually so bright that you could easily miss the jaunty black go-fast stripe up each side skirt upon first glance because your optic nerves were busy being assaulted. That would be a shame because hot hatches are just better with stripes. Want proof? Just look at the Renault Sport Megane R26.R, Fiat Uno Turbo i.e., Vauxhall Chevette HSR, and so on. On the inside, the GR Corolla Circuit Edition keeps the color going if you tick the box for Blue Flame with a blue stripe on the gear knob and blue stitching just about everywhere. Call it a not-so-subtle reminder that you’re right in the head.
Alright, so a fresh color isn’t huge news, but the GR Corolla is all about tiny gains. Mechanically, the 2024 Circuit Edition gains nerdy, infinitesimally small tweaks that you may or may not notice, possibly depending on what motorsports license you currently hold. The flange bolts holding the steering rack to the front subframe are now ribbed for your pleasure, the bolts holding the rear wishbones in feature heads two millimeters wider than on 2023 cars, and the ducts for the front air curtains have been reshaped. To mitigate flex affecting high-speed stability, Toyota’s also reinforced the underbody shielding system with strategically-placed aluminum sheet, which sounds like a glorious pit area band-aid that happened to make production.
Slightly more noticeable is how the forged BBS wheels have been effectively downloaded from the Morizo Edition, giving you the confidence to attack track curbing at Mach Jesus without experiencing an on-the-fly multi-piece wheel conversion. Remember, forged wheels are more likely to bend rather than break.
While the changes to the Toyota GR Corolla Circuit Edition for 2024 aren’t groundbreaking, they’re all appreciated. I mean come on, do you really think we’d say no to another Skittles-colored hot hatch on the road? Expect pricing and details on what Toyota vaguely describes as “all GR Corolla models” to be released closer to the Circuit Edition’s on-sale date this coming winter. Wait, all models? Could the Morizo Edition possibly return? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
(Photo credits: Toyota)
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