New hot hatch

Toyota set to announce GR Corolla this week

Toyota will reveal the new Corolla later this week.

Toyota

After much speculation and plenty of teases, Toyota is ready to unveil a new car. The GR Corolla will be a hot hatch that Americans can actually buy, and is expected to bring many rally-inspired touches, along with aggressive styling and plenty of power. Now, we finally know when it will be announced.

Toyota hasn't elaborated on specs, but we'll likely see a version of the turbocharged three-cylinder engine that comes in the GR Yaris. It's a 1.6-liter unit that makes 257 horsepower, which is the most of any three-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission and rally-friendly all-wheel drive are also expected.

Toyota GR CorollaThe GT-Four badging refers to the car's all-wheel drive system.Toyota

The GR-Four badging refers to the car's all-wheel drive system, which it's also expected to share with the Yaris. That means a torque-vectoring system with the ability to shift torque between the front and rear axles. Different modes allow the driver to select how that torque is split, such as with the Yaris' Sport mode, which sends 70 percent of it to the rear wheels.

Toyota's been teasing the hot hatch for months, and here in the U.S., we've had to watch the rest of the world get a crack at the GR Yaris while sitting on the sidelines. That demand - assuming as many people actually end up buying the thing as have said they will - is likely to make it difficult to find a GR Corolla for retail pricing at first. If you're even slightly considering the car, watch the reveal video here at 9:30 PM EST on March 31 to find out when you can place a reservation.

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New midsize sedan

Subaru announces refreshed 2023 Legacy

The new Legacy got a facelift and new lighting elements.

Subaru

Sedans are a dying breed as SUVs and pickup trucks take over, but there are still a few compelling options out there, and Subaru has one of them. The Legacy has been a long-time part of the Subaru lineup, and the all-wheel drive family sedan got a notable update for 2023.

2023 Subaru LegacyTop trims get luxury finishes inside.Subaru

Subaru offers the sedan in five trims: Base, Premium, Sport, Limited, and Touring XD. The automaker updated the Legacy with a facelift that brought a new front fascia, redesigned front bumper and new LED lighting. The car features a low dash and open cabin for great visibility in all directions, and the top Touring XT trim offers high-end accommodations, including Nappa leather and metal trim inside.

Every Legacy comes with the latest version of Subaru Starlink infotainment software. It runs on an 11.6-inch display and offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment. Higher trim levels get the same display with navigation and a new-for-2023 what3words integration.

2023 Subaru LegacyThe Legacy goes on sale this fall.Subaru

The 2023 Legacy comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque. The top two trims come with a turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come with a continuously variable transmission that offers an eight-speed manual shift mode.

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The Sport Classic comes to the U.S. for the first time next year.

Porsche

Porsche's bringing the 911 Sport Classic back to market, and it's headed to the United States for the first time. The car features distinctive styling, a rowdy twin-turbo flat-six engine, and plenty of go-fast gear from the 911 Turbo S upon which it is based. The car is scheduled for limited release late in 2022 as a 2023 model year.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe Sport Classic comes exclusively with a manual transmission and RWD.Porsche

The Sport Classic gets the Turbo S powertrain, which means a 3.7-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine producing 543 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. It's paired exclusively with a seven-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. Porsche says the combo makes the car the most powerful 911 with a manual gearbox currently on sale. The Sport Classic also gets a laundry list of parts from the Turbo S, including Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, rear-axle steering, a sport exhaust, and an active sport suspension system.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe car comes with an interior not seen since the Porsche 918 Spyder.Porsche

The car' comes with Sport Grey Metallic paint with grey accent stripes, a carbon fiber reinforced plastic hood, and unique graphics on both sides. It rides on 20-inch wheels up front and 21-inch wheels in back, which are designed as reinterpretations of the old-school Fuchs design. In back, the Sport Classic gets unique bodywork that sets it apart from the 911 Turbo, such as deleted air intakes and a large ducktail spoiler. Inside, the 911 gets open-pore wood trim and semi-aniline leather upholstery in cognac and black. Porsche says the Sport Classic is the first car to get that type of leather since the iconic 918 Spyder.

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