[h=5] Corolla ALTIS ESport Nurburgring Edition[/h]
The Toyota Corolla Altis ESport Nurburgring Edition has been launched in Thailand – and yes, there is some weight to the rather ambitious-sounding nomenclature. In 2014, Toyota Team Thailand came in seventh at the 24 Hours of N?rburgring in the Altis so it’s not just a failed attempt at marketing a rather sedate model.
To be built in limited numbers, the ESport Nurburgring Edition will be showcased at the 2015 Bangkok Motor Show before going on sale in April. Only two colour schemes are offered with the Black Mica option kicking things off at 949,000 baht (RM107,920) and White Pearl paint costing owners 959,000 baht (RM109,058).
Look-faster bits on the exterior includes a more prominent front bumper, a piano black front grille finish and commemorative stickers on the front wheel arches. At the rear, a not-so-subtle rear spoiler with an integrated third brake lamp and a rear diffuser are featured. Inside, the seats are trimmed in black leather with contrasting red accents across the dashboard and door lining.
On the mechanical side of things, the Toyota Corolla Altis ESport Nurburgring Edition carries forward the same 1.8 litre, four-cylinder Dual VVT-i engine from its vanilla siblings. The mill produces 141 PS and 177 Nm of torque while the sole transmission choice is a CVT gearbox. Power gets transferred to the front wheels.
The suspension has, reportedly, been tweaked to offer a tad bit more performance though certain Thai channels have stated that the overall setup remains identical to that of the normal Corolla Altis models.