The specs on the engine sound very similar to the 1.8L they've been shipping in the Matrix for a while. I believe that one has 180hp and 137 ft-lb. The Corolla version looks like a slightly detuned version of the same. These engines develop much of their HP at high revs. The 127 ft-lb of torque is no more than many standard 125-130HP 1.8L engines develope.
All in all, the XRS looks like an odd beast. A tall, thin juiced-up econobox with no torque. OTOH, a very reliable, gas miser than can turn a sub-8 second 0-60.
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