15 Iconic Performance Cars, The 2022 Toyota GR Corolla Would Have No Trouble Keeping Up With

These 15 cars are legendary and the 2022 GR Corolla can give each of them a run for their money

BMW M3 E46

Still considered one of the best driver's cars ever made, the E46 M3 comes packs 343 hp and 269 lb/ft from a 3.2-liter naturally-aspirated inline-6, ideally, mated to a 6-speed manual. 0-60 mph happens in 4.9 seconds

Toyota Celica GT-Four

Like the GR Corolla, the rally-bred Celica packs all-wheel drive and turbo power. Its 2.0-liter 3S-GTE engine puts out 242 hp and 223 lb/ft, resulting in a 0-60 mph time of 5.8 seconds

Honda Civic Type R

Honda's hot hatchback packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, which packs 306 hp and 295 lb/ft. Unlike the GR Corolla, however, the Civic sends power to the front wheels only, resulting in a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds

VW Golf GTI

Few hot hatches have the pedigree of the Golf. The German best-seller relies on a 2.0-liter turbo-4 with 245 hp and 273 lb/ft. Depending on which transmission it has, the 0-60 mph happens in 6.1-5.9 seconds

Nissan Skyline GT-R

Nicknamed Godzilla and considered the Emperor of JDM tuner cars, the Skyline GT-R is a homologation race car. Its RB26 packs 327 hp and 295 lb/ft, resulting in a 0-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds

BMW M5 E39

Like the E46 M3, the E39 M5 is considered one of the greatest M-cars ever made. The sleek sedan packs a 4.9-liter V-8 with 400 hp and 369 lb/ft, mated to a 6-speed manual. 0-60 mph happens in 5.0 seconds

Honda S2000

Honda's compact rear-wheel-drive roadster is a "back to basics" driver's car. its 2.0, later 2.2-liter inline-4 still has one of the highest specific outputs, with up to 242 hp and 163 lb/ft. 0-60 mph happens in 5.8 seconds

Chevrolet Corvette C4 ZR-1

In 1990, Chevrolet worked with Lotus to create the ultimate, factory C4. It came with a DOHC 5.7-liter V-8 putting out up to 405 hp and 385 lb/ft. Mated to a 6-speed ZF manual, the 0-60 mph was possible in 4.4 seconds

Mazda RX-7

The rotary rocket is still considered one of the best-handling Japanese sports cars. Its 1.3-liter, twin-rotary features twin sequential turbos and makes up to 276 hp and 232 lb/ft, resulting in a 0-60 mph in as little as 4.7 seconds

Mercedes 500E W124

Considered to be the forefather of modern performance "Merc", the V-8-powered W124 was actually conceived by Porsche. The 5.0-liter DOH V-8 was good for 326 hp and 347 lb/ft. Mated to a 4-speed automatic, 0-60 mph took 5.8 seconds

Buick GNX

In 1987, Buick wanted to send the Regal out with a bang. In conjunction with McLaren, a 3.8-liter turbocharged V-6 performance version was born. It was conservatively rated at 276 hp and 360 lb/ft, which was good for 4.4 seconds to 60 mph

Honda NSX

Co-developed with racing driver Ayrton Senna, the id-engined NSX had a transversely mounted V-6 with up to 290 hp and 224 lb/ft. Depending on the version, 0-60 mph was done in 5.7 to 4.3 seconds

Audi RS2 Avant

Considered the forefather of all fast station wagons, the RS2 was created thanks to Porsche (like the 500E). Its turbocharged inline-5 packed 315 hp and 302 lb/ft. Thanks to Quattro AWD, 0-60 mph took 4.9 seconds

Ford Mustang GT

The last non-hybrid Ford Mustang (S550) still packs a 5.0-liter V-8. The current version is good for 460 hp and 420 lb/ft. With a 6-speed manual, sending power to the rear, 0-60 mph takes 4.5 seconds

Toyota Supra A80

Like the other 90s JDM cars, the Supra does not need an introduction. Its 2JZ-GTE packs up to 326 hp and 325 lb/ft. When mated to a 6-speed manual, the 0-60 mp takes around 4.8 seconds - similar to the GR Corolla's estimated 0-60 mph time

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