New Celica Engine Keeps Detroit Playing Catch-up — Chicago Tribune

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New Celica Engine Keeps Playing Catch-up

Toyota has the domestic automaker`s noses in it Pontiac`s two-seater Fiero was without peer—until the two-seater Mr-2 appeared last

If the domestic automakers are going to U.S. motorists from more Japanese cars they see and drive a Celica, are going to have to set up naval from Seattle to San Diego to the freighters arriving from

We recall when Celica appeared in 1970, a paunchy car that looked to be no more a Corolla with plastic window louvers for the pretense of sporty. No louvers and no pretending in

U.S. automakers are busy 16-valve, 4-cylinder engines provide the power boost of V-6s. The Japanese have and next spring (after a Auto Show debut) goes to 24 valves in a new V-6 offered in the restyled (but still Supra.

The restyled front-wheel-drive Celica is on a 99.4-inch wheelbase, 1 inch than the rear-drive `85. is 173.6 inches (171.9 on the Liftback), or 3 inches shorter.

in its 16th year on the market, has the domestics in going «aero.« lines are rounded, a wraparound air dam the bumper and retractable headlamps the eye up front and a deck lid spoiler the look in back.

The engine is a twin-cam, 16-valve design delivers 135 horsepower (yet 23 per gallon city and 29 m.p.g. and lets Toyota claim a time of 8.2 seconds. (Celica GT and ST are offered with the same 97 horsepower, 2-liter, 4-cylinder in the Camry.)

Power-assisted disc brakes on all wheels allow you to stop a chute. Four-wheel independent absorbs road jolts.

on the quick, yet quiet, response of the 16-valve, 4-cylinder engine in the we expected the Celica`s engine to in the same fashion.

Quick? onto the wheel when you the pedal. Nimble ride and like the Mr-2? You bet.

and go, but keep in mind that has a few hundred extra pounds on the You drive Celica with hands, Mr-2 with

The Celica 5-speed transmission just as smoothly as the Mr-2`s

overdrive is a $250 option).

Quiet? Not exactly. One disappointment was a echo feeding back under the car each time we Rumble-tuned exhausts are acceptable sound effects but a kettle-drum hum

Inside, the Japanese approach is to it simple and locate needed within sight and reach. seat and dual mirror are in the center console, door in the arm rests and lights and wipers on alongside the tilt and telescoping wheel, which is thickly for the feeling of driver control.

are plush velour, more than in most luxury Dials adjust both bottom and back position to comfort. The dash is low to provide visibility.

The car isn`t without however. You`ll do yourself harm trying to enter the called the rear seat. means getting tangled on the belt. Better you simply those seats down for Not only do they lie flat, provide access to the trunk.

Toyota Celica Cruising Deck

The car we drove was equipped with sunroof. The lip around the rectangle cut out for the left a distinct impression—on our

When you lift the heavy, hood you may gasp at the maze of staring back at you. you lift the trunk lid you may gasp, at how much cargo-carrying room got into a subcompact car. have to move up to a midsize car to get the same space.

GT-S at $11,998. Standard equipment power steering and brakes, radials, AM/FM stereo, defogger, dual-power mirrors, and telescoping wheel.

The option list is long, and it take much to reach the level with an Acoustic AM/FM upgrade at $560, at $600, cruise control air-conditioning $855, power and door locks $340. A

end mask«—or bra—runs $123. Our car, with $210 for listed at $15,114.


Call it Chrysler`s Camaro. In the Dodge Daytona Turbo Z is in the class. In fact, with the front air dam, louvered low-slung plastic rocker extensions and deck-lid spoiler, the has nothing to be ashamed of.

In price, it has the starting at $11,368, about less than a Camaro.

But in well, the comparisons were fun they lasted.

The Daytona is powered by Chrysler`s 4-cylinder engine, and the turbo is necessary to enable it to keep up a GM V-6 or V-8.

Toyota Celica Cruising Deck
Toyota Celica Cruising Deck
Toyota Celica Cruising Deck
Toyota Celica Cruising Deck

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