AutoSpeed — Celsior Magnificence

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Toyota Celsior

By Michael Knowling

Value on an scale.

There’s simply no way to describe a 15 year old Japanese-import Celsior (aka Lexus When you can buy a car with this of sophistication and quality for around (non ADR’d), you know a good time to be in the used car

Slip behind the wheel of a and you’re looking at a carbon-copy of a There’s the same dashboard effective sound insulation, trim and high quality throughout. Oh, and the doors shut as you’d expect from a car with world-beating ambitions.

As later in this article, the Celsior is available in several levels. Base versions with fabric trim leather trim, an electric and CD stacker are popular options. examples also feature a electrically reclining and heated seat a big novelty item!

The is biased towards intimate rather than outright The centre console and door are bulky and lavishly trimmed, and seat legroom is comparable to a Falcon or Commodore. The driver can get thanks to an electrically adjustable (with memory settings) and an tilt-away steering column. A airbag is also fitted as

Under the bonnet is the 1UZ-FE 4.0 V8 boasting DOHC, 4 valve per heads and a 10.0:1 compression Factory output is 191kW at rpm and 353Nm at 4600 rpm. that the 1UZ is claimed to produce 90 of peak torque from to 5600 rpm but, curiously, it much gruntier above rpm keep it revving and you’ll be along quite briskly. a very refined engine minimal vibration at high

All Celsiors are fitted with a automatic transmission. Driven the transmission in default settings and Economy mode), the engine runs at low rpm to help reduce consumption. However, for spirited the transmission should be locked out of and switched to Power mode makes a noticeable difference to the on-road feel.

The Toyota Celsior tips the between 1690 and 1790kg on options. Stall it off the line and no doubt this vehicle can 100 km/h in the 8 second range. mile performance is reputedly in the 15s indicative of the strong top-end and slick aerodynamics (0.29 Expect typical fuel in the 12 to 14 litre per 100km range. unleaded is recommended.

The Celsior on double wishbone suspension at corner. Lower-spec versions use springs and our test car was fitted switchable TEMS. The TEMS (with switches seen offers normal or sport modes for a discernable change in feel. Up-spec versions airbags in place of the conventional arrangement.

The rear-wheel-drive chassis good traction off the line, but the of a LSD (even as an option) means you can one of the rear tyres when up. Our test vehicle was equipped optional traction control and ABS unfortunately, there was a problem both systems.

Wheels are under-sized by today’s 16 inch alloys and 215/65 are nothing special. Our test ran 17s with low-profile rubber for a boost.

Our biggest dislike of the is its steering. Its power-assisted rack and arrangement gives very feel and precision at the straight-ahead — it’s not as bad off-centre, but the remains very light and the is slow. It isn’t the sort of you’d find in a performance

Ventilated four wheel brakes come fitted as and ABS is found on most examples. that twin-pot calipers fitted from 1991.

the Celsior/LS400 was criticised for its bland styling. But 15 years after its this conservatism has paid the simple lines aren’t outdated. The twin exhaust are a sporty touch but the upright grille and headlights are very The grille was revised in the 1991 model.

As seen here, the looks sensational with a set of big window tint and a complimenting colour.

Very cool.

At the time of Adelaide’s Yahoo Motorsport ) had almost 20 Celsiors in stock or arrival. Prices vary on condition, kilometres and options. as a guide, our 1990 test car with traction control, leather, CD stacker and aftermarket had around 165,000km on the odometer and was for just AUD$6900. Add approximately for compliance (from companies as Best Enterprises) and you’ve got a exceptional vehicle on the road for than 10 gees.

Toyota Celsior

You can expect a 15 old Celsior to require some it’s inevitable. Our test car had its control and ABS problem along a faulty power window and hand brake. Certainly, the sort of vehicle where you to keep some money in in case something goes Areas to look out for are sick suspension systems (where power steering leaks and trouble. There’s also an smoky engine.

To achieve more power the 1UZ-FE we’d measure restriction through the factory and replace/modify as necessary. The quiet exhaust system is also a power killer and an exhaust components from a LS1 HSV (or similar) make an ideal upgrade. the intake and exhaust modified we a 10 percent power hike expect about 210kW.

mods we’d look is fitment of a Toyota Soarer rack (which has a quicker than the Celsior) and limited diff from a Supra.

certainly is the potential to make a car even better.


The Japanese-market Toyota Celsior was in four spec levels. As far as we can the details of these are.

The A-spec (chassis code comes with fabric only, cruise control, control, tuner/cassette, timber power windows and driver’s and driver’s airbag. ABS is optional.

The level up is the B-spec (chassis E-UCF10-AEPGK). The B-spec comes a standard CD stacker, optional and sunroof. ABS, traction and TEMS are standard. A front is also fitted.

C-spec Celsiors (coded can be identified with standard suspension. Again, leather is along with a sunroof and spoiler. ABS, traction and CD are standard.

The top-line version is the Celsior equipped with the F — chassis code The F package adds rear air (with rear controls) and a electrically reclining and heated seat.

Toyota Celsior
Toyota Celsior
Toyota Celsior
Toyota Celsior

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