• Oct 31, 2007
UPDATE: Video of the Corolla and Matrix tuners is available after the jump

Click the image above for a dozen live high-res pics

It's got to be the shortest tuner turnaround time ever. Toyota unveiled the new Corolla and within minutes took the wraps off this SEMAfied version, dubbed the S3. Much like the Matrix Rally that shared the stage, the S3 is fitted with a supercharger and an intercooler, a set of awkwardly sized and horrendously designed dubs, plus some body adornments and interior trim that makes it everything a Corolla isn't.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      That's not a new wheel design at all... it's been common on "VIP" cars (lowered luxury sedans with big wheels and massive negative camber, in Japan) for years.

      I'm confused though... autoblog's first 2009 Corolla article today was about the Corolla in general, with S3 pictures, then they released an article about the production model with production model pictures, and now we're back to the S3...
      • 6 Years Ago
      i hope we can find this car in the dealer about the price hope is not that much. sorry dude im a corolla fan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why is Toyota supercharging a 2.4? Wouldn't turbocharging be a better application for a 4-banger? Look at the Mini S, went from super to turbo.

      You can keep better fuel mileage with a turbo so long as you aren't driving with a lead foot unlike a supercharger. Mpg being a Corollas selling point right?

      It just doesn't make sense to me.

        • 7 Years Ago
        "Supercharger" still doesn't mean it's not a turbo-supercharger. The article did not specify. If it is the same one from the TC, then I believe it is a belt driven supercharger as you assumed.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Does it say somewhere that it's not a turbocharger? It sounds like you're assuming that it's a mechanically driven supercharger, but I don't believe it says that in the article. Based on the description here, it very well could be a turbine driven supercharger (also called a turbocharger).
        • 7 Years Ago
        I somehow didn't notice that there was a youtube video until now. o_O

        I must not have let the page load all the way the first time.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @m

        The guy says 'supercharger' in the YouTube video.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's all good, but come on. I thought Toyota was supposed to be leading the industry in design, but I guess not if they have to resort to copying other companies, in the case Ford.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I find this car to be highly offensive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      All of the Japanies car companies use joint design groups. They have been doing this for years. Ford's three bar grill and hybrid drive comes from a joint design with Toyota. The corolla is not a hot looking car, Can any of you tell me when it ever was? It was and still is designed to be the #1 selling car on the planet and nothing more. One of you laughed and said the S3 copied the Neon's "front air thing". It is called a FMIC. Front mounted inter cooler. You got me there the FMIC was invented by dodge to put on the NEON, LMAO!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bad news guys, they always release in Europe and Asia first. except for Honda. Honda is not liked in Japan. They are #5. Toyota#1, Nissan#2, Subaru#3, Suzuki#4 then Honda. Why do people rip a grocery getter for not being the next Supra. BTW if you want a Supra, Lexus will produce the new Supra. All you Honda SI boys might need to get more pizza delivery jobs. The new Supra starts at 140K. The Corolla S3 is an available TRD S package. Should be about 220+HP, using the 158hp 2.4L. This package is for the kid that gets the parents car, just like the civic boys.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just look to the Neon SRT4 and you will understand what that radiator out front is for.

      Sheesh -- the last generation was spec'd to match up to the Neon. Now they even cut the grill out like the Neon to show off (and aid cooling) for the supercharger (or whatever the SRT4 had).
      • 7 Years Ago
      those are quite possibly the worst wheels I've ever seen
        • 7 Years Ago
        R these spinners?
        • 7 Years Ago
        correction: these are the worst stationary wheels I've ever seen
      • 7 Years Ago
      The new Corolla looks as exciting as the outgoing model. Toyota is about safe, reliable, economical, transporation that will get you from point A to B. If you want a bit more excitement (relatively) at that point, Honda, Mazda, and Nissan offer more. If you should require more than that, look towards Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Audi.
      • 7 Years Ago
      True but you forgot to put 'relatively' before reliable when mentioning Toyota (i'm talking about the amount of recalls now lol).

      Also, I guess you could count Mitsubishi in the 'relatively more excitement' category. The Lancer does look quite the part IMO.
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