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Okay.....Help me with my paranoia....I bought a Matrix XRS back in the day. The stock clutch was horrible....Designed for the Celica GTS which was 700 pounds lighter than the XRS....which resulted in constant clutch smoke. The only solution was an extremely aggressive aftermarket clutch. I got rid of the XRS--even though I loved the 2ZZ before clutch replacement. My concern is this....the GR Corolla will be 420 pounds heavier than the GR Yaris, but with the same drivetrain....Could there be potential issues (like the clutch scenario I described)?
 

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The Celica although lightweight, was never close to 700 pounds lighter than a XRS Corolla. It was about 300 pounds lighter.


I bought a factory clutch replacement, and it's been doing well.

There could be potential issues with the GR Corolla for this, but we will have to see until they're on the road. It won't stop me from considering to buy one if so.
 

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That video linked on the G16E tuning indicates that the drivetrain is overbuilt. Those guys got 511 hp and were srill on stock trans. They did change clutch, but its a good sign. The GRY has been out for a while already, i think one of main issue being seen is the awd clutch overheating.
 

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I think the AWD clutch will be a wear item, esp if used a lot. Knowing Toyota I would be disappointed if it wears out before 100K miles with heavy (but not extreme use).
I wore out the clutches in my LSD on my RWD car - as expected with use.
 

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Hopefully since its a toyota and not a subaru, my frs throwout bearing grenaded at less than 60k miles. Turns out im not the only one and its superseded by a new part #.
 
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