Toyota's Latest Nurburgring Special Edition Is Not What We Expected

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  1. Calliers

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    Don't you just love a Nurburgring special edition? Cars boasting this nomenclature are fierce, fire-breathing machines built to dominate the Green Hell. Famous examples include the Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition and the Alfa Romeo Giulia Nurburgring Edition. The BMW M5 CS doesn't carry the name, but it does have seats with the outline of this famous track stitched into the seatback.

    Even regular special editions tend to be cool, and the Asian market is particularly good at these. Except when it's not. Meet the Toyota Corolla Nurburgring Edition. Nope, you didn't read that wrong. A Toyota executive in Thailand wanted to celebrate the Corolla's Super Production 3 category win in the ADAC Total 24-hour race at the Nurburgring, and this is the result.

    So, just how fast is it? To put it mildly, it accelerates with the verve of a powerwalking overweight person trying to stick to his New Year's resolution during the first week of January. The engine options are stock standard. You can go for the 121-horsepower hybrid or the insane 138-hp 1.8-liter four-pot. Both engines are connected to the ultimate performance gearbox, otherwise known as a CVT.

    To put all of that power down, Toyota Thailand installed lowered sports springs and a throttle control box for better acceleration. You'll overtake an overweight jogger with almost zero effort. The most significant and arguably valuable additions are to be found outside. The Corolla Nurburgring Edition has new bumpers front and rear, a new grille, side skirts, a lip spoiler on the trunk, and fake diffusers below the rear bumper.

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