The 1983 Toyota Corolla saw the company take the rear-drive Corolla and make it a front-wheel-drive vehicle, transversely mounting the 1.6-litre engine. Power to the front wheels routed through either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.

While much of the Corolla lineup gained front-wheel drive, the SR5 coupe and liftback continued to ride on Corolla’s previous-gen, rear-wheel-drive chassis. In 1984, Toyota put a SOHC 1.6-litre engine in the SR5 making 90 bhp. Toyota also introduced the famous Corolla GT-S with a 1.6-litre DOHC engine producing 112 bhp.