Driving the GR Corolla on Japanese Mountain Roads!!

Masa Loves Cars
10 Jul 202418:00

Summary

TLDRIn this engaging video, Masa takes viewers on a thrilling drive in a Toyota GR Corolla, provided by Omo Shiro Car, through the scenic and challenging roads of Nito, Scuba. He compares the experience with his previous drives in a GRMN Yaris and a USDM GR Corolla. Highlighting the car's comfort, stability, and performance, Masa praises its suitability as an ideal daily driver and a fun weekend warrior. The video also covers key differences between the JDM and USDM models, the GR Corolla's rarity in Japan, and its availability through GR Garage.

Takeaways

  • 🚗 Masa is reviewing the Toyota GR Corolla, a car provided by Omo Shiro Car for a day-long test drive.
  • 🌟 The GR Corolla is compared to the USDM (United States Domestic Market) GR Corolla, which Masa has driven before in Morizo Edition and Core Edition.
  • 🛋️ Masa finds the rear seat of the GR Corolla spacious with good headroom and legroom, and appreciates the cup holder on the door.
  • 🎶 The car's audio system is noted for being more enjoyable, especially with the JBL 8-speaker setup compared to other models.
  • 🚀 The GR Corolla's sport mode and four-wheel drive make it feel more powerful and agile on mountain roads.
  • 🛣️ Masa enjoys the car's handling on tight roads and finds it comfortable despite the stock suspension.
  • 🌧️ The car's comfort is tested on the freeway in the rain, and Masa notes it remains comfortable.
  • 🏎️ The GR Corolla has a 1.6L T3 engine and is equipped with a triple-tip exhaust system, standard for all GR models.
  • 🔧 The car features carbon fiber weave on the roof for increased rigidity and comes with BBS Forge alloy wheels.
  • 🚦 Differences between JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) and USDM models are highlighted, such as headlights and the availability of certain tires.
  • 📦 The rear trunk space is noted to be shallow due to the battery system, affecting the overall cargo capacity compared to a standard hatchback.

Q & A

  • Who is the narrator of the video script?

    -The narrator of the video script is Masa.

  • What type of car is Masa driving in the video?

    -Masa is driving a Toyota GR Corolla, provided by Omo Shiro Car for a day.

  • What is the purpose of Masa's trip to Nito in the area called Scuba?

    -Masa is going to Nito in the area called Scuba to compare the GR Corolla to a USDM GR Corolla which he has previously driven.

  • How does Masa describe the rear seat space of the GR Corolla?

    -Masa describes the rear seat space of the GR Corolla as having a good amount of headroom and legroom, even for someone who is 5'9.

  • What is Masa's favorite feature about the GR Corolla?

    -Masa's favorite feature about the GR Corolla is the cup holder on the door.

  • How does Masa find the comfort level of the GR Corolla compared to a GR RS and GRMN?

    -Masa finds the GR Corolla more comfortable than a GR RS and GRMN, with more legroom and space at the back.

  • What is special about the GR Corolla's exhaust system?

    -The GR Corolla has a triple tip exhaust system, which is standard for all GR models and provides a unique sound.

  • What is the difference between the JDM and USDM versions of the GR Corolla in terms of the engine?

    -The engine is the same for both the JDM and USDM versions of the GR Corolla, with the trim level RZ being equivalent to the circuit package in the US.

  • How does the GR Corolla handle on tight mountain roads according to Masa?

    -According to Masa, the GR Corolla feels agile and comfortable on tight mountain roads, with good handling and throttle response.

  • What is unique about the GR Corolla's availability in Japan?

    -The GR Corolla is considered a rare vehicle in Japan, with limited production numbers and only available at the GR Garage dealership.

  • What are the key differences between the GR Corolla JDM and USDM models in terms of exterior and interior features?

    -The key differences include the headlight design, the availability of certain tires like Advent Apexes, the presence of a carbon fiber weave roof for the RZ version, and the inclusion of a JBL 8-speaker stereo system in the JDM model which may not be available in the USDM version.

Outlines

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🚗 First Impressions of the Toyota GR Corolla

In the first paragraph, Masa introduces the Toyota GR Corolla, a car provided by Omo Shiro Car for a day's drive. He plans to compare it with the USDM GR Corolla he has previously driven. Masa starts by sitting in the back seat, noting the ample headroom and legroom despite being 5'9, and appreciates the cup holders on the doors. The car's comfort is highlighted, especially when compared to the GRS and GRMN Yaris. Masa also mentions the car's stability and comfort on the freeway, even in the rain.

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🏞 Mountain Road Experience with the GR Corolla

The second paragraph describes Masa's experience driving the GR Corolla on the mountain roads of Scuba. He activates the sport mode and four-wheel drive, noting the car's immediate increase in power and agility. Masa finds the car to be very responsive to steering and throttle inputs, and he enjoys the car's ability to handle the road well. He also reflects on the car's suitability for daily driving, especially with its comfortable ride and traditional automatic transmission, as opposed to dual-clutch systems.

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🔍 Comparing JDM and USDM GR Corolla Models

In the third paragraph, Masa discusses the differences between the JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) and USDM GR Corolla models. He points out the unique features of the JDM model, such as the carbon roof, BBS Forge alloy wheels, and the Advent Apex tires, which are not available in the Japanese market. Masa also comments on the car's exterior, particularly the wing, and the limited trunk space due to the battery system. He praises the car's interior, especially the red stitching and the GR sport bucket seats, and notes the differences in the engine and exhaust system.

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🎥 Wrapping Up the GR Corolla Experience

The final paragraph wraps up Masa's experience with the GR Corolla. He thanks Omo Shiro Car for the opportunity to drive the car and reflects on how it met his expectations for an ideal daily driver. Masa contrasts the GR Corolla's comfort and performance with his previous experiences with the GRMN Yaris. He also mentions the car's availability at the GR Garage and its rarity, with only a limited number of units produced. The paragraph ends with a note of excitement about having a co-pilot who can drive a stick shift.

Mindmap

Keywords

💡Toyota GR Corolla

The Toyota GR Corolla is a high-performance variant of the Toyota Corolla, developed by Toyota's in-house performance division, Gazoo Racing. In the video, the host is given the opportunity to drive this car for a day, highlighting its features and performance. The GR Corolla is central to the video's theme of comparing it with other models and discussing its suitability as a daily driver.

💡Omo Shiro Car

Omo Shiro Car appears to be a car rental or car service provider that allowed the host to drive the Toyota GR Corolla for the video. It is an example of how enthusiasts can experience performance cars that they may not own, which is relevant to the video's exploration of the car's capabilities.

💡Nito and Scuba

Nito and Scuba are likely locations or areas known for their driving routes, possibly with scenic views or challenging roads. The host mentions heading to these places to test the GR Corolla's performance, indicating that they are part of the narrative to showcase the car's capabilities in different driving conditions.

💡GRMN Yaris

The GRMN Yaris is another high-performance model from Toyota's Gazoo Racing division. The host compares the GR Corolla with the GRMN Yaris, using personal experience with the latter to provide context and insight into the performance and handling of the GR Corolla.

💡USDM

USDM stands for United States Domestic Market. The host discusses differences between the JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) version of the GR Corolla and the USDM version, which is relevant for viewers interested in regional variations of the car's specifications and availability.

💡Rear Seat Comfort

Rear seat comfort is a measure of the space and amenities available for passengers sitting in the back of the car. The host evaluates the GR Corolla's rear seat, noting the legroom and headroom, which is important for potential buyers considering the car's practicality for daily use.

💡Sport Mode

Sport mode is a driving mode in many modern cars that adjusts the vehicle's performance characteristics to be more aggressive, often increasing throttle response and altering suspension settings. The host activates sport mode in the GR Corolla to enhance its performance on the mountain roads, demonstrating a key feature of the car.

💡Forged Carbon

Forged carbon is a manufacturing process that creates lightweight and strong carbon fiber components. The host mentions the forged carbon roof of the GR Corolla, emphasizing its contribution to the car's rigidity and performance, and distinguishing it from the standard steel roof on other models.

💡Advent Apex Tires

Advent Apex tires are a specific brand and model of tires known for their performance characteristics. The host notes that these tires are standard on the GR Corolla and unique to the USDM version, highlighting a detail that may affect the car's handling and performance.

💡Exhaust System

The exhaust system of a car includes the components that carry exhaust gases away from the engine. The host comments on the GR Corolla's triple tip exhaust system, which is a visual and auditory feature that contributes to the car's sporty character and performance sound.

💡JBL Stereo System

JBL is a well-known brand of audio equipment, and the host mentions the JBL 8-speaker stereo system in the GR Corolla, which enhances the driving experience by providing high-quality sound. This is an example of how the car offers luxury features alongside its performance capabilities.

Highlights

Masa is in the middle of nowhere with a Toyota GR Corolla, provided by Omo Shiro Car for a day.

Plans to compare the GR Corolla to a USDM GR Corolla, having driven both Morizo and Core Editions previously.

Masa sits in the back seat to assess legroom and headroom, noting good space for his 5'9 frame.

Favorites features include the cup holder on the door of the GR Corolla.

Comfortable ride even with a police car encounter, more comfortable than GR RS.

Rear seat has more capabilities compared to GRS, with additional legroom and space.

Driving on the freeway in the rain, the car remains comfortable despite wet clothes left outside.

On tight touge roads, the GR Corolla feels stable and comfortable despite speed bumps.

The car's rear is agile and handles well on the mountain roads of Scuba.

The GR Corolla is equipped with a sport mode and four-wheel drive for better performance on mountain roads.

The car has a forged carbon roof, standard for the RZ version, for increased rigidity.

The GR Corolla comes with BBS forged alloy wheels and Advent Apex tires.

The rear trunk space is shallow due to the battery system, affecting the car's storage capacity.

The car features a triple tip exhaust system standard on all GR models.

The GR Corolla has a right-hand drive model with red stitching, a feature of the first generation.

The interior includes a GR sport bucket seat and a JBL 8-speaker stereo system.

The car is limited in production, with only 1,000 units made, making it a rare vehicle in Japan.

The GR Corolla is available at GR Garage, a specific dealership for GR vehicles.

Masa concludes that the GR Corolla is an ideal daily car, comfortable for city streets and fun on mountain roads.

The car is provided by Omo Shiro Car for the video, and Masa thanks them for the opportunity.

Transcripts

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hi guys it's me Masa here and I I'm in

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the middle of the nowhere right now

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actually I'm with the car right next to

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me which is a Toyota gr Cora a special

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thanks to omo Shiro car for allowing me

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to drive this car for a day we're going

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head to Nito in an area called scuba

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where if you guys seen Dustin's video I

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went on a nice toy road with Dustin and

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his Evo and my grmn yarus so today I'm

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going to compare this to a usdm gr

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Corolla which I've been personally able

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to drive a morizo Edition and also de

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core Edition so I'm going to talk in

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depth but first i'm with my friends so

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what I'm going to do is I'm going to sit

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in the back

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yay so this is going to be my SE for a

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day for half a day I'm going to sit in

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the

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back as you can see I'm like 5'9 and me

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sitting behind I have a good amount of a

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hit room and also good amount of reg leg

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room as well and my favorite feature

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about this J Cora

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is have a cup hold on the door we're

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going for a ride all the way to scuba

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so now I'm with lovely trusty co-pilot

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and my friends are driving right

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now first impressions of sitting

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here it's actually quite comfortable

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yeah it's very Comfort oh that's a

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that's a hello

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police that that was um undercover pop

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car right there but we've been sitting

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here for about 5 10 minutes and clearly

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this is more comfortable than a gr

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RS uh and then go having

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more leg room and more space at the back

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with nice cup holders right

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there very very comfortable and it

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doesn't feel that tight too and the back

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seat has a uh so this that's where the

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exhaust is so I can hear more exhaust

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more PR now compared to my other cars

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such as uh both grmn and also

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GRS but other than that it's very very

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comfortable car 100% for sure better

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rear seat capabilities compared to

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GRS but now we're on the

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freeway cruising out cruising

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down it is still very comfortable car

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too and it's raining and I left my

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clothes outside and I need I forgot to

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put them back so hopefully my clothes

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won't get too wet by the time going go

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home fingers

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crossed let's go to one of my favorite

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to roads in Japan in the next

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clip so now we're on a one of the tight

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to of scuba and and

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I yes the car is bit juty especially

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there is a lot of bump speed bumps that

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try to avoid hashira is going too fast

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on toen aside from that actually the

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rear of the car is very stable and it

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feels way more comfortable than the my

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grm Min obviously cuz it it has a stock

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suspension but actually

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it feels more comfortable than my uh the

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previous gr yards that I had as well

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let's go up in the upper side of scuba

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and we'll give you some more

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updates all right well

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now going to be on one of the famous

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toga roads mountains kuba

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first things first let's put on the

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sport mode activate four-wheel drive to

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track then let's

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go oh yeah it immediately feels more

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happier on the upper range of the

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RPM this is way more powerful than my

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both of my

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cars I'm going to go eat2 easy on it

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since I'm don't not really familiar with

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this road

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or the car itself but oh

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yes so this car is different from a uh

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usdm model which is this car is

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equivalent of a circuit package that you

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guys in us will have so it comes with

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the forge Caron roof front and rear

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torsors and diff powerwise it's all the

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same Hing pad we call this trim level

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the RZ and the upper trim level will be

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the marizo and the marizo is basically

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the same spec as what you guys get in

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the US as well and man this car feels

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pretty agile on this tight Mountain Road

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scuba and I kind of feel like this car

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is really meant to be driven on the road

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like this because this car is really

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agile on the the handling part as you

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can tell with little mess steering input

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and the car to really handle quite well

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and the throttle input is very near

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compared to the other uh Toyota Toyota

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cars I I don't even need to go Full

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Throttle on this tire area and then this

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car can drive really

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nicely oh my God this car feels really

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nice it's a one of the whole one of the

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cars that like all the other

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manufacturers will May in this time era

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where all the cars becoming electric and

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fully self autonomous it really soaks up

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the whole bumps really well and the car

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really dives into the corner so nice too

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ooh nice

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Mustang this is these type of cars that

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like manufacturers won't really consider

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making anymore especially I would really

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consider getting this in a auto cuz it

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will be a very much more comfortable car

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on The Daily driving since it's a uh

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conventional torque converter style

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automatic it's very comfortable on a

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city driving whereas some of the Dual

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clutches you're going to be lit during a

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if you're stuck on traffic or just going

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on like a small commute where you're not

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going to going stop and gold traffic so

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yeah I wasn't really fan of driving this

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car when I was in stat side driving the

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decor Edition that Dustin usually used

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to have it felt like a normal car but in

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on here like this tight Alley Road it is

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a very it feels very special and I think

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this car will be a very good alternative

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to the people who need to live in with

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the one car and then having the kids and

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you can stuck at people in the back no

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problem

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all right so I just finished with

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driving the gr Corolla it was very very

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fun ride now I'm going to talk you a

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little bit about the key differences of

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the gr Corolla in JDM model versus a

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usdm model starting off from the front

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obviously it mostly looks the same other

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than the headlight which is um different

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from us specifications it is a identical

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vehicle the not just the design but the

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the way they kind of having the uh

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secondary light which is a little bit

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different and coming right up so this is

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um the RZ not a marizo engine but it

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comes with the the carbon roof some

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people like to call it Forge carbon um

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this is called a c carbon fiber weave

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which is basically just a chopped carbon

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lay on top of a resin layer it's

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actually much stiffer lighter than the

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the steel roof that the core editions

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get um well not really uh lightweight

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more of a rigidity reasons but we have

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in a forge carbon this is standard for

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the RZ version coming right up to the

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side we have a 8 and 1/2 + 30 BBS Forge

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alloy wheels wrapped around with the

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Advent Apex tires which is all the same

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with the usdm version fun fact we don't

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have a Advent apexes available in

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Japanese market so it's kind of like a

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usdm thing that you get this kind of

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tires in Japan the rear is basically The

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Identical other than the the side

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markers is

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missing on the rear tail light but

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mostly is is very much identical one

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thing I don't really like about the

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exterior of G Corolla is the wing

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which is a base wing uh that you come

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with the normal uh Corolla sport or base

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Corolla hatch in us I would really want

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to have the big wing for this kind of

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vehicle and kind of missing the whole

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entire body line of it so that's a

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little bit of crap about me so since

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we're in the back let's check out the

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the rear trunk

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space which is

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surprisingly it kind of missed the rear

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part of it a the dep of a Corolla

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hatchback because we have a battery

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system inside right

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here that we're missing the entire rear

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part of a

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vehicle

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and the hatch itself is quite big so you

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can put a lot of stuff but the hatch

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opening is big but it was not there it's

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a very shallow hatch you can put more

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stuff compared to GS but compared to

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normal

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hatchback we don't have enough trunk

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space for it uh triple tip exhaust

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system which is all standard with all

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the gr uh gr models in my opinion the gr

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cord of marizo has more depth of the

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ground I'm not too sure just because

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it's a different exhaust system 350

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exhaust some people like it some people

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hate it me whenever it first launched I

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wasn't really fan of it but I think now

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I kind of got used to it and it really

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sounds great as you can hear from my

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driving experience but it's a very nice

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exhaust this is the the true JDM part

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which is

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the it is a rightand drive model and my

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favorite part is actually the stitching

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which is all red it only came with the

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first generation um yarus first edition

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cars came with the red stitching and

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basically it's the trim level is

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equivalent of this circuit package

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so nice leather and suede combination

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interior with a gr sport bucket seat in

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my opinion the seat itself is not really

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that um holds you well compared to other

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seats and more so of a mariza Edition

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but for Street driving this is as

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comfortable as you get now we have

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a the Moment of Truth we have a a big

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big GR 1.6 L engine and as you can tell

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it has more space than the yurus version

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you can see the big structural part

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right here for the core support a big

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big 1.6 L T 3 cylinder stuck in a right

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in the middle of it yeah this is

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basically the engine wise and this is

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the cool part which is this Hood right

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here cuz it has a Vents and core

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editions I think it doesn't come with

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the vents only with the circuit Editions

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for a US market so basically the RZ is

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99% equivalent of a circuit package but

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my favorite part is actually the stereo

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system this car has a JBL um 8 speaker

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stereo system

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inside that's why I think um it sounds

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better and also I think us circuit

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editions doesn't come with the the

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stereo system of like the JBL stereo

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system as well as the 8 in uh touch

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display right there I guess it's a

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little bit better version of a a usdm

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version that we can get in Japan but one

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gripe about this particular vehicle is

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they only made right around 1,000 units

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right now in until 2024 maybe later

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20204 this car will become a catalog

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model where you can buy at the dealer

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local

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and you can Source it but as for right

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now this car is only available at the gr

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garage uh which is basically a specific

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dealership that can sell gr

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vehicles and not only that first year

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2023 was only limited to 500 units for a

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RZ version and again on 2024 it only UPC

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came with 500 units so right now in

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Japan this car is considered as a very

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rare vehicle and I only see once today

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actually on a togate coming up until

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this parking lot right here we're going

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to go for a little bit I think we have a

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another driver with me that can drive a

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stick which is co-pilot right there

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co-pilot can be a driver for today so I

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don't know what she's going to say but

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so

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excited so now I have a a driver with me

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co-pilot is now now being a pilot for it

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right

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now so far she's doing a really good job

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driving

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it very nice

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driving very

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smooth how's the

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car very smoth

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I agree it's a very very smooth

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car kop do you like it yes I like it

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easy to

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dve

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yes so now I'm back at almost sheno car

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Nota headquarters and I brought this gr

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Corolla back safe and sound I had really

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fun driving on the nice scuba mountains

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and also driving around the streets of

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Japan where I could see a lot of nice

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Scenic views of rice fields and rice

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fields and so on and I cannot think

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enough of rental car for this wonderful

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opportunity to drive this car and

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experience nice wheels and kind of got

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the glimpse of what a ideal daily should

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be and this car hard 100% is a very

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ideal daily for me grmn is pretty much

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stiff and kind of a bit of a finicky car

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when in terms of driving around in

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streets of Japan but this car 100% very

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good street car and then once you go to

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the tailgate oh yes ah yes you're going

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to have fun in this Beast this car is

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right now available at almost Sher Rando

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car I'll put the link in description box

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below and once again thank you very much

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foro or Rando cars for providing me this

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gr Corolla for driving around the

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streets of Japan and taking on a nice

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back rows and enjoy this car thank you

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very much for watching I'll see you guys

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in the next video peace out M

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bye-bye

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oh the

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infamous the infamous car

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the

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infamous uh Lis Hamilton car the car

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that got got stolen but came back and

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been

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driving wow yeah by

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