Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205: PH Heroes — PistonHeads

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Toyota Celica (GT-Four)


The 90s were the heyday of the performance car, with manufacturers from the Land of the Sun producing more than one hot In stark contrast to today, was the prime mover — three proper sports in the range. But whilst the MR2 and Supra may grabbed the majority of the attention, it was the GT-Four that garnered the motorsport success — a total of 30 rallies in ST165, and ST205 guises.

With or stickers it’s ready to

Sadly the 1994 Ј29,235 price for a road-going ST205 put the model out of reach of most UK — compared to a Ј24,000 Escort Cosworth, or a Ј19,995 Impreza Turbo, Toyota’s was simply too expensive.

The model remained popular in however, where it was manufactured 1999. Since then Japanese versions has reached UK with the ST205’s curvaceous and rock-solid build quality more gracefully than its rivals.

Toyota’s tried-and-tested engine can happily be tuned beyond 300hp and despite a purchase price of just to Ј7,000, the Celica GT-Four is becoming a pretty exclusive — with residual rising for the very best

ST205 was the ultimate road-going

Last of its kind

Toyota’s three-door ST205 GT-Four first hit UK showrooms in March and its four-cylinder 16-valve 3S-GTE boasted twin overhead an aluminium head and an 8.5:1 ratio, plus a twin-entry with a charge-cooler — than an air-to-air intercooler. output was 239hp for UK cars Japanese models producing

The five-speed manual gearbox with a hydraulic single-plate along with a permanent drive system with a centre coupling and a torque-sensing differential, whilst the direct had just 2.4 turns lock-to-lock.

A new multi-link front suspension the GT-Four with impressive whilst Toyota shoehorned the system from the Supra Turbo under the wheels to unbeatable stopping power. All carried dark interior but the spec was high with a electric windows and tinted central locking, sport with lumbar support, split rear seats, 16-inch alloy wheels and air

Various options were but the most sought-after model was the WRC Limited Edition homologation car like the one you see here. Just were built to allow to enter the GT-Four as a Group A car.

A proper rally special, boasted water injection and (which weren’t factory plus a higher rear a different exhaust manifold, engine management and the same White II coachwork as the world car.

Slow UK sales led to the of official imports in December but the Japanese model continued 1999 with just a facelift in December 1997.


Swing in to the Celica’s and supportive sports seats and you might feel slightly — as with almost all 90s Jap cars swathes of durable but black plastic abound. But you do get a steering wheel and a stubby knob, plus a centre that faces in on the driver. the GT-Four up though and any initial will be blown away. at low speeds, the ST205 pulls once coaxed. And there’s little turbo lag.

A standard car hits 60 in 5.9 seconds and out at around 153mph, but the gearing especially focused on 50-120mph — perhaps not surprisingly for a car.

Permanent four-wheel and those two clever diffs grip levels are always and unlike most other reps the Celica’s steering you know exactly what’s on.

When required, controllable is only a pedal away those Supra brakes are enough for even serious days. Meanwhile, the ride is of a revelation on the road and, the power on tap, a standard can beat 30mpg on a long — Impreza and Evo owners note.

Service area

255hp for JDM car, 300+ for rally

The engine is very reliable but regular oil and filter changes 4,500 miles, plus new every 27K miles (some Platinum or Iridium plugs one cooler than standard) and a change every 36,000. The clearances should also be every 54K miles with owners change the distributor cap and arm with the cambelt every miles.

UK and JDM ECUs are interchangeable and should have a safety at around 17-19psi, but check the fluid level — it never be allowed to drop. issues to look out for include radiators, blown head smoking turbos, rumbling bearings, worn clutches and most pricey to fix — front suspension components. A gear change suggests bushes in the shifter cables and out for clunks from the rear lifting off — a worn differential mount will set you over Ј300. Values for examples — especially WRC Editions — are gently

Toyota Celica (GT-Four)
Toyota Celica (GT-Four)
Toyota Celica (GT-Four)

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