Someone needs to find Mr. Toyoda’s E-email addressI wonder if Toyota is kicking themselves in the butt for not federalizing this car some way. some how. for Americans. I wrote a counterpart at Toyota and told them that I'd switch teams if they sold one here... Nope.
Here's the part where I take Autoblog's speculation and run with it, too. If the idea is to throw it back to the WRC wins of yore, Toyota has an iconic rally car nameplate that isn't in use right now: Celica. The Celica GT-Four was an absolute beast in the World Rally Championship, and using that recently renewed name patent for this rumored rally-inspired hot hatch would make a lot of sense.
Previous reports referred to the U.S.-bound hot hatch as the Corolla Sport GRMN, however, so all bets are off on the name. However, those reports also promised the 268-hp 1.6-liter turbo inline-three engine from the GR Yaris, all-wheel-drive and a six-speed manual, which doesn't line up with this new report, but sounds good to me. Just stop teasing us and finally send over a cool car, guys. We're tired.
The Corolla GR is coming to the US so I suspect that we'll see it and the STI share a platform. If Subaru really does make a Yaris GR counterpart and decides to use it as a WRC car, we won't get it in the US.Interesting speculation...
Could this rally-inspired hot hatch be why Toyota keeps re-upping the patent for the Celica name?www.thedrive.com