TORONTO: Toyota has a message to driving enthusiasts looking for a head-turning, corner-carving affordable sports sedan, and it’s right in the name of a special new model for 2021:Corolla Apex Edition.
In track driving, drivers aim to “clip the apex” of a corner to achieve the quickest lap times. This APEX Edition package is available on the Corolla SE model grade and will turn heads while turning corners with greater zeal.
The Apex Edition maximizes the inherent potential of the Corolla sedan’s high-strength TNGA-C platform, multi-link rear suspension and 169-horsepower 2.0-litre Dynamic Force Engine.
A factory-custom body package accentuates the Corolla’s edgy styling, and the new model issues a punchier bark with a sport-tuned exhaust unique to Corolla APEX.
Toyota will offer 150 Corolla Apex Editions for 2021, with most equipped with the Dynamic
Shift CVT (continuously variable transmission). The CVT offers simulated 10-speed Sequential Shiftmatic steps, Sport Mode, and paddle shifters. The key to the Dynamic Shift CVT’s distinct performance feel is a gearset used as a “first” gear for start-off acceleration, before seamlessly handing off to the CVT’s pulley system.
For sports driving purists who like to “row their own,” Toyota is equipping just 50 of these special models based on the SE grade with the 6-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission (6 iMT). Before the Corolla Apex Edition turns its first corner, it will attract stares with its low profile, hunkered-down look.
A sport, aerodynamic black body kit complete with bronze accents, a front spoiler, fog light covers, side moldings, and rear diffuser aid in high-speed vehicle stability.
A rear trunk aero spoiler will be available as an additional option for those who want to display even more attitude.
The Corolla Apex Edition really lives up to its name thanks to the unique track-tuned suspension. Toyota engineers developed dynamic characteristics through extensive testing on different tracks around the world, including TMC Higashi-Fuji Proving Ground in Japan, Toyota Arizona Proving Ground, and MotorSport Ranch in Texas.
The 18-inch flow-formed cast-aluminum wheels feature a gloss black appearance, but even more importantly they are specially developed to aid in brake cooling while offering a mass reduction of 2.2 lbs. (1 kg) per wheel.
The new EPS tuning provides a distinctive flavor with a sportier, v-shaped build-up response. All of these changes are paired with a specially developed cat-back exhaust that features a throatier, aggressive tone at start-up while also providing a bolder, enhanced tone at wide-open throttle.
A unique 3.5-inch stainless steel tip was developed to match the vehicle’s styling. The Corolla Apex Edition is suitably powered for its mission by the 2.0-liter Dynamic Force Engine.
Standard in all Corolla SE grades, the engine derives its impressive power and efficiency from a high compression Toyota D-4S fuel injection system (13:1). A two-discharge port oil pump and a variable cooling system with electric water pump help maximize engine performance and efficiency.
The 2021 Toyota Corolla Sedan is offered with a choice of several powertrains. The refined L series models are built around a powerful yet efficient 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 139 peak horsepower and is paired with either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The sportier S series models are fitted with a larger, 2.0-litre Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine that delivers 169 peak horsepower, paired with either an intelligent manual transmission with rev-matching or a direct shift CVT with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Regardless of powertrain, all models enjoy a low center of gravity, a highly rigid body structure and a finely tuned multi-link rear suspension that make the Corolla Sedan agile and responsive – in short, super fun to drive.
The entire Corolla line debuts enhancements for 2021. All models gain Android Auto™ compatibility, joining the Apple CarPlay™ compatibility. Toyota also enhanced safety, adding rear side airbags to bring the total number of airbags in the vehicle to 10. Rear Cross-Traffic Alert with Blind Spot Monitor will be standard on the LE grade or above with CVT.
All 2021 Corolla models, including the Apex Edition, will come standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of driver-assist technologies.