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Emission rules inspire new Corolla

Tougher emissions regulations have signalled the end of production of Toyota’s Corolla T Sport model, but its hot hatch reputation is being kept alight with the introduction of a Corolla that’s faster, more powerful and has better handling.

Available only in limited numbers, the Corolla Compressor uses the same 1,794cc VVTL-i four-cylinder engine as the T Sport, but with a supercharger added to boost output from 189 to 215bhp and technical adjustments to meet Euro IV emissions standards. That helps knock one-and-a-half seconds off the car’s 0-62mph acceleration time, down to 6.9 seconds, and adds 3mph to the top speed, at 143mph.

To cope with the power hike, the Corolla Compressor has 15mm lowered sports suspension and uprated springs for extra handling performance. It rides on 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/45 tyres and is fitted with a roof spoiler, deep rear air dam and sports exhaust with twin tailpipes.

Only 250 right-hand drive Corolla Compressor models are being made available in the UK. The model goes on sale on November 1, priced on-the-road at £19,995.

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