When Akio Toyoda said in 2017 that there would be no more boring Toyota cars, it was both an admission and a sweeping statement. A few years later, the world was blessed with the Toyota GR Yaris – a special homologation for enthusiasts around the world (excluding the USA). A few years later, the Toyota GR Corolla was born, to be offered in North America, Japan and Australia.
Within two years, Toyota was able to get out of the rut of boring cars without help from other manufacturers. And it’s all thanks to an all-new power plant that the automaker has developed on its own: the Toyota G16E-GTS engine.
In the Toyota GR Yaris, the turbocharged 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine develops up to 268 horsepower (200 kilowatts) and 273 pound-feet (370 Newton-meters) of torque. With a GR-Four all-wheel-drive system, those numbers allow the little Yaris to go from standstill to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in less than five and a half seconds.
Toyota goes one step further with the introduction of the GR Corolla after two years. The same power plant has been massed to produce even more – 300 hp (224 kW) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of pulling power.
In GR Corolla guise, it’s a whopping 100 hp per cylinder. It’s only a matter of time before tuners can get more out of the all-new G16E-GTS. At the time of this writing, reports indicate around 500 hp for this little mill.
But really, how did Toyota pull off this feat on such a small engine block? The video of Driven Media above tries to explain the bottom line of three-cylinder nutcases, so nerd away.