It's Hard to Believe a Corolla Could Sound This Good

The AE86-generation Toyota Corolla had a gem of an engine.

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Brian Silvestro

The new Toyota Corolla hatch is fun to drive, but leaves a bit to be desired in the sound department. It wasn't always like this.

Back in the mid-1980s, the Corolla was a fun-to-drive, rear-wheel drive hatch with a gem of an engine. It used the 4AGE, a naturally-aspirated four-cylinder that could rev to the moon. The motor is still the first choice for engine swaps around the world, and with a sound like this, it's easy to see why.

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