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Toyota F1/Ultimate Celica

Toyota Celica (1999 2007)


Look over the previous iterations of the Celica and it’s easy to out the highs and lows. The fourth ST165 (1985-1990), brought into world rallying the GT4, the fifth generation ST185 (1990-1994) had odd looks but was the best of the ‘old’ bunch. The generation ST205 (1994-1999) was a bit and overblown. This latest generation Celica goes to what made the Celica popular in the first place, light weight and razor reflexes. Although notions of sometimes take a cramped seat when buying a sports coupe, Toyota’s record and engineering qualities to keep the Celica near the top of buyer’s wish lists.

Models Covered: (3 dr coupe 1.8 [VVTi, 190])


The of the seventh generation Celica a standard path. Starting an unsophisticated yet enjoyable original, built generation after of cars, gradually going upmarket and getting heavier and powerful. The ST185 series marked the Celica’s competition winning two World Rally in 1993 and 1994, but the follow up car was by many as a disappointment, taking the Celica into lazy territory. The same was indeed of Toyota’s MR2 range, being in parallel. The design team at Calty Research division in looked at this philosophy and to work with the red pen on it. Espousing a of light weight, edgy and a wheel at each corner for agility, the seventh generation looked a winner before it turned a wheel, and crowds at the Frankfurt Motor Show that Toyota was onto With only 140bhp the VVT-i engine, it wasn’t a breathing super coupe but the pared down approach driver satisfaction, and so it proved. So was the Celica’s chassis that it was an secret that a more model was being developed. than unleash a turbocharged, drive GT4 version, as it had with the previous Celicas, Toyota did something of a Honda. The Celica 190 variable valve timing and valve lift to punch out at a dizzying 6800rpm. Were it a model, it would undoubtedly worn a Type-R badge, but the Celica merely sported a red badge on its angular rump to it. With a specific output of per litre, the Celica 190’s as a masterpiece of the engine making art put into perspective compared to the F1 (103.3bhp/litre) and the BMW M3 (106bhp/litre). The round of that took place in made the two Celica models value for money, although values took a while to this. Helping to restore margins was the Celica T-Sport, a launched in

2001 which was mechanically to the Celica 190 but commanded a £3,000 premium for a bodykit, leather and other accoutrements.

What You Get

Standard equipment twin front and side ABS, a leather-covered steering electric windows and mirrors, a stereo, 16» alloy and remote central locking. If you more, a temptingly priced Pack’ (standard in the Celica adds leather, a power and climate control. Alternatively, a ‘Sports Pack’ with 17» alloys and a spoiler. The gets a set of cracking 17-inch wheels plus a deeper spoiler than that by the Celica 190, and interior that include leather and a CD autochanger. Inside, there’s not to offend — unless you a particular aversion to black and plastic or orange instrument The three-spoke wheel feels to hold and the ‘drilled’ metal lend a sporty, purposeful Despite the extra cabin boasted by the latest model, expect this car to be any more a 2+2. Though there’s legroom for a couple of adults to sit in the headroom is at more of a premium. said that, the given is a lot less cramped than offered by many coupe We could go on to talk about rear seats and useful space but we’d be in danger of over all practical — would defeat the point of the we began with. If you don’t the look of this latest then you won’t buy it and no amount of on fuel consumption, cabin and low running costs will your mind. Fortunately for aesthetic objections are unlikely. The you admire the clean, distinctive the more details you find to the tiny front grille, the bonnet scoop and the beautifully front and rear lights. All of a design team that about their creation.

What You Pay

The 2000 V-plated retail at around £5,800, W-plate cars hovering £6,200. Early X registered Celica 190 models can be found at £7,400. The T-Sport models was always destined to depreciate as used buyers aren’t to make up the £3,000 premium for is effectively a long draught the options list. Insurance for the models is a fairly affordable 13, whilst the more powerful are still only rated at 15.

What to Look For

Toyota F1/Ultimate Celica

That badge on the bonnet is usually a of peerless reliability, and so far the Celica has little cause to amend view. Try to buy cars with a service history, whilst cars are easier to sell on if been treated to the premium or packs. Avoid anything looks too aftermarket, as the Celica’s affordability and low insurance rating may make them an attractive for the Max Power generation. Check the of the front tyres, as these become worn during driving. To compound matters, the is very sensitive to small in suspension geometry, and tyre is usually the best indicator. out whether the engine is running a ECU, as many owners aftermarket chips that power by 15%, but which may worrying repercussions for the residual Celicas are also colour and, for the time being at silver sells.

Replacement Parts

(approx on a 2000 Celica VVT-i) spares are reasonably cheap, as are costs. Front brake cost £33, whilst retail at £22. A headlamp is around £120 and a new clutch is around £180. Expect to out £280 for an alternator and £200 for a motor, although should you a new exhaust, a rather serious will do the trick. These are likely to be of academic concern It’s a Toyota, remember?

On the

Being introduced just as the Integra Type-R, Ford Puma and Peugeot 306 GTi-6 killed off, the Toyota was suddenly touted as the best front-wheel drive car for sale, an by default possibly, but something to be of nonetheless, and either of the two models to be an appealing choice. If you can’t to the Celica 190, don’t let the lack of power put you off buying the model. Absolute power has many a cleverly conceived In any case, the Yamaha-designed VVT-i unit is, on paper at least, but slow. Indeed, this 140bhp Celica’s 0-60mph of 8.7s comfortably beats other rivals. You can get the most it too, thanks to a standard manual gearbox. This has shorter ratios in the 190 version, help that car to sixty in 7.2s on the way to 140mph. The high output of this engine a clue as to its driving manners, and enough in order to get the best out of the car need to work it very The engine is a tuneful and willing but it never quite zings the redline with the manic of a good Honda VTEC Other aids to an involving experience include strong and an impressive engine-speed-sensing power system that keeps you in touch with what the wheels are doing. Toyota has learned much about systems in the last 10 years, a fine set-up perfectly to the kind of people who will buy car. It aims to comfortably poor surfaces at low speeds yet is damped for sharp, fluid around your favourite doubles. The combined fuel figure of nearly 37mpg isn’t much lower in the 190) should make the the

cheapest car in its class to run.


Mixing the ingredients for the affordable coupe would throw quite a few of the Celica’s into the pot. Metronomic is a definite plus, as is styling as edgy as anything else out A lightweight, agile chassis and that will betray Yamaha roots by revving race bikes certainly a good impression. Only the badge, a slightly plasticky and the omission of rear wheel prevent the Celica from greatness. It really is that and a nearly new example will the goods week in, week out costing the earth to run. If you sensibility without being this is one coupe that no excuses.

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