New daily - 2024 GR Corolla Circuit

Tippo

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Since my ST185 Lazarus required some much needed TLC and less track days on a barely working platform, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a new GR Corolla Circuit Edition. I couldn't settle for the core or even premium trim, I needed the circuit. Moving forward (until the ST185 is done) I'm going to be tracking the GR. However, I wanted to report that aside from the GR Yaris (which us Yanks don't get) this is the most similar to an alltrac I've been in. So far this car is great. Can't wait to track it and report back on how it matches up with the ST185 and SW20 in my arsenal. I had the Circuit on order now for 4 months, but it's finally here. The red premium next to the circuit sold 2 minutes after it arrived at the stealership. Here's some new photos attached.
 

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Roreri

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Awesome!

Just don’t money shift fourth to third like some doofus did and cause $42K of combined transmission and engine damage.
 

Tippo

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Awesome!

Just don’t money shift fourth to third like some doofus did and cause $42K of combined transmission and engine damage.
I saw that article a few months back. Shame Toyota put him at fault, the car is full of tech so it's crazy how moneyshifting can still grenade motors. Although I'd have to imagine he was racing the motor at 500 miles, which is a no-no. Not until 691 miles Toyota recommends boosting. I've been babying her so far. On the positive note, a motor swap in these cars looks ultra simple.
 

underscore

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Shame Toyota put him at fault, the car is full of tech so it's crazy how moneyshifting can still grenade motors.
I don't know of any tech that can override physics. They'd have to put a device in that prevents you from letting the clutch out or something.
 

Roreri

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I saw that article a few months back. Shame Toyota put him at fault, the car is full of tech so it's crazy how moneyshifting can still grenade motors. Although I'd have to imagine he was racing the motor at 500 miles, which is a no-no. Not until 691 miles Toyota recommends boosting. I've been babying her so far. On the positive note, a motor swap in these cars looks ultra simple.

I kinda see Toyota’s point. Dude grenaded like a grenadier.

It’s a six speed so okay sure maybe a fourth to fifth high power shift is “a thing” but shit how fast would you have to be going? It boggles my mind.

In a five speed my shifts from fourth to fifth are deliberate as I’ve reached cruising speed and I just want to down rev. The idea of fisting it past the lock and then releasing the clutch in the kind of hurry to not be able to save it is horrifying.
 
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Tippo

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I don't know of any tech that can override physics. They'd have to put a device in that prevents you from letting the clutch out or something.
There is tech out there preventing engagement of a lower gear above certain RPMs and it's wild they didn't use it.
Looks Beaut! How bad did they mark you up? Should be a fun car!
One of the rules I had in purchasing a GR was absolutely nothing above TSRP/MSRP. I was able to get it for the suggested retail price and not a penny over.
I kinda see Toyota’s point. Dude grenaded like a grenadier.

It’s a six speed so okay sure maybe a fourth to fifth high power shift is “a thing” but shit how fast would you have to be going? It boggles my mind.

In a five speed my shifts from fourth to fifth are deliberate as I’ve reached cruising speed and I just want to down rev. The idea of fisting it past the lock and then releasing the clutch in the kind of hurry to not be able to save it is horrifying.
It still only had 500 miles, completely denying it based off a miss shift is kinda crazy. That would completely turn me off the product. Aside from that, a motor swap on these look super easy.
 

Roreri

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My initial comment in the FB link to the article was “That’s awful design on Toyota’s part to allow that.” But then I decided not to engage in the discussion because I couldn’t decide what was at fault—Toyota or driver. In the end they found a path to tragedy together that I am pretty sure you will stay well clear of.

I guess the ease of a swap is kinda a silver lining around a cloud of shit. From what I can tell he is going to get some insurance payout and with that he can effect repairs.

You scored a sweet ride!
 

Gert

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Geez, nice one. Never heard off it over here in Holland. We only have the GR Yaris for astronomical prices, I believe somewhere near 100,000 euro's....
 
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