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Base vehicle [ edit ]

As it was with only one engine and type there is technically one model of the Toyota Sera However major option such as transmission, brakes, climate and sound-system meant there were a number of factory packages. Furthermore, itself produced three (known as ‘Phases’) over its life with specific (such as interior trim), variations between the three are cosmetic. It was exclusive to Japanese retail sales channels Corolla Store . as an alternative to the MR2. which was exclusive to Vista Store .

A total of units were built and in Japan, however with market car importing occurring in the 1990s it is possible that vehicles were constructed and directly from Japan first being registered This makes it difficult to exactly how many Seras produced, although it is certainly than 16,000 and they are now rare collectibles.

Mechanical [ ]

All Seras came with the 1.5 L inline 4 5E-FHE unleaded engine, the largest capacity of Toyota’s E series of engines in other Toyota vehicles as the Paseo and the Starlet. This was in a front-mount, front wheel transverse configuration with fuel injection. All versions with power assisted and pinion steering and either the A242L 4 speed automatic or the C155 5 speed manual The brakes were vented at the front and drums at the rear, fitted with the optional Braking system which had discs all round.

Mechanically the car is to both the Toyota Paseo and the Starlet. sharing similar suspension. steering and brakes other items. As such, consumable parts such as and springs are interchangeable and still available from parts

Body [ edit ]

The Toyota is of a steel monocoque construction a low and rounded body shape. It is a two plus hatch (sometimes to as three door or hatchback ) The Sera’s most distinctive is its butterfly doors. which are at the top and bottom of the A pillar and open and up in a manner similar to the McLaren F1 and S7 — the McLaren F1 designer Murray cited the Sera as the of the F1’s door arrangement. [ 1 ] The of the door is predominantly supported by a gas strut. and counterbalanced by a smaller strut inside the door to take into account in temperature. With age these can lose pressure causing the to sag or fail to stay open, the issue can be resolved by re-gassing or the strut. Unlike the conventional doors on most cars, the door can be opened fully in a confined space, requiring 43 cm of lateral clearance.

Sera rear hatch and

The rear hatch is also in being constructed of a single of glass without a supporting frame. This, in combination a steeply sloping front and glass upper-door/roof panels (a of six separate glass pieces gives the Sera its characteristic canopy. This provides with a high level of visibility, although the thick can result in a significant blind especially on the driver’s side. The amount of glass can also a high solar load effect on bright days the interior temperature to rise. problem however is offset by the that the Toyota Sera with both air-conditioning and two interior roof panels as

As with other cars as convertibles ) where the upper has little or no supporting framework, the body is not necessarily as rigid as roof vehicles.

Interior [ ]

The Toyota Sera is a 2+2 coupe bucket seats at the front and a bench seat with a central arm rest. Both seats tilt and slide to give access to the rear and the interior is quite compact the form-fitting design of the rear means the vehicle can provide (albeit cramped) in the back for of average height. The front in all versions came with point harnesses while the seats came with two point lap sashes or three-point depending on the Phase. It is in the specifics of the that the majority of the differences in occurs as outlined below.

In its normal interior configuration the back seats up and the parcel in place) the rear cargo does have a noticeably opening (52 cm by 82 cm) and an elevated lip necessitating the of luggage quite high it can be placed inside. However the (trunk) is relatively deep and In addition the rear seats down and both the parcel and the rear divider panel in place behind the back can be completely removed, in essence the entire rear half of the car a cargo area. As such the Sera has a large amount of storage space for its size. The spare tire and changing kit are in a small compartment below the floor.

Other features [ ]

Projector head light

The was one of the first cars to feature headlights (though the 1988 concept model featured lights). The Alfa Romeo is believed to be the first car to feature doors which, like the features windows that upward into the ‘roof’ of the vehicle.

Importation [ edit ]

As the was built solely for the Japanese all cars were right-hand as factory standard and the speedometer and units were metric. makes the car readily importable countries with similar and requires only minimal for ones such as the United (where vehicles are also drive but instruments are in Imperial ). However, major alterations may be before the Sera is legal for use in, or even importation into, countries. In Australia, most will have required seatbelts and side impact to be fitted for compliance, as such it may be to import a later model III to avoid this third-party

The Sera is still very supported by Toyota for spares, and overseas dealers are happy to parts and service the car. In any country where the Toyota Cynos or Paseo are common have good sources for new and replacement parts as well as repairers and service garages.

Phases [ edit ]

The Toyota was produced in three distinct with either manual or transmission, standard or ABS brakes and stereo or Super-Live Sound (SLSS — see below) the three major choices for There were also a number of additional factory available across the entire run.

Phase I (March — May 1991) [ edit ]

The build and the majority of the Sera’s production (around 12,000 of the or so cars produced). Unique included:

beige/tan interior or blue depending on exterior

bayonet fuel filler cap

ribbed and woven seat

Phase II (May 1991 June 1992) [ edit ]

version (around 2,300 produced). Unique features

pastel pattern in the main with tan/greyish bolsters on interior colour

screw-type filler cap

different seat

Phase III (June 1992 December 1995) [ edit ]

The version of the Sera with more changes than the phase (remainder of around cars produced). Unique included:

grey interior seat fabrics that a secondary colour to complement the colour

some engine revisions

side impact in the doors

optional airbags may have been automatically by ABS)

three-point rear belts

stronger door to compensate for the side impact

solid plastic spoiler LED high-level brake light (the only external to the Sera)

Phase III Amlux Edition [ edit ]

The Phase III also featured a limited model, the Amlux, named Toyota’s flagship building in The Amlux Building houses the largest automobile showroom and is in Ikebukuro. It is a one of a kind oval-shaped rise building that purple at night, but with a matte-finish look, and flashing strobes.

The Sera special edition versions were based on the III SERA with automatic and SLSS. Unique features

Two-tone green paint

colour hubcaps

Blue glass

Choice of 6 special of seat material designs

seat cover

AMLUX on mats

AMLUX logo on

Personalised name plate on the car

Toyota Sera

seat cushion and also a scarf

It is believed that 21 were produced. There is to be one car in Ireland (March 2011) and one car in the UK 2011)

All Amlux cars built between September and 1992.

Factory options [ ]

All Phases of the Toyota Sera with a range of factory extras. The major mechanical was the Anti-Lock Braking System. options included:

A variety of and stripe stickers


Car-phone and/or car-fax


Patterned window-tinting


Ski-racks (which to the doors)

Smoked perspex spoiler

Striking patterned floormat materials

Various Head Units

Super Surround Sound (SLSS) [ ]

One major internal option in the form of an advanced car audio known as the Super Live Sound or SLSS. The SLSS a total of 10 speakers; 3 x 10 cm tweeters in the console (left, right and 2 x 10 cm door-mounted cones (left and 2 x tweeters and 2 x cones contained in a tube shaped unit on the rear parcel shelf, and a fitted ‘Acoustic Resonance (subwoofer ). The SLSS came a three mode Digital Processor (DSP) which through ‘off’, ‘Casual’ or mode by use of a button labelled on the CD/Radio or CD/Radio/Cassette head These produced slight in sound quality through values for settings such as and treble, as well as rotating the in the rear unit to either directly into the car or bounce off the window. A complete and functional is one of the most highly sought options by Toyota Sera but by being factory fit is quite to retro-fit.

Air filtration/fragrance systems [ edit ]

buyers could also add one of two styles of electronic air cleanser/fresheners. came in the form of either a roof mounted filter and light unit known as or an integrated device known as an Air that was mounted in the centre beneath the audio head-unit. The unit took air in through a at the front and ran it out through a filter at the The Air Fantasy system was connected to the own air-conditioning system and would small bursts of scented air one of three replaceable scent either automatically or on demand the air vents. Although the roof is relatively common for an optional the Air Fantasy is especially rare.

include Deodorizer (White), Green (Orange ), Peppermint White Herb (Green) and Floral (Yellow)

The CleanAce might have been for smokers. There are a number of systems which replace the light and perform a similar

Aftermarket variations [ edit ]

Toyota Seras have aftermarket additions or improvements at extending the usable life of the improving the overall performance or to commonly perceived issues as body roll or poor levels.

Engine tuning [ ]

By far the most common mechanical is the tuning or complete replacement of the The factory standard 5E-FHE when new, 110 PS (108 bhp ), and is the powerful of the normally aspirated of the Toyota E series engine. with minimal modification to the car this unit can be replaced the factory Toyota Starlet GT or ‘Glanza’ engine (4E-FTE) develops 135 PS (133 bhp). has been successfully transplanted in a of Seras in Japan, Australia and the UK the ‘bolt-on’ nature of the change and the cheap price of both the engine and additional parts to the large numbers of Starlets make it much more than tuning the existing with custom parts. The Turbo can be additionally tuned to substantially more power bhp) than that by Toyota. However, in order to these levels of power it is to make quite a number of — exchanging the intercooler for a version and relocating it to the front installing a revised exhaust and kit, plus a number of engine management devices to the fuelling and turbo boost points.

More specialised options included using the 4A-GE (black top with map sensor) can produce around 165 hp (123 kW) the car a power-to-weight ratio of 5.63 (in comparison to the more modern RX-8 for example which has a ratio of 5.93 kg/hp). a Standalone Engine Management (EMS/ECU) and various other modifications, the 4A-GE can readily be to produce around 200 hp (150 and in excess of 230 bhp (170 kW) with the of a larger turbo.

At least two in Japan are claimed to have 300 bhp kW),in Australia produces a 290 bhp (216 kW) and one in Sri Lanka claimed to 270 bhp (200 kW). These are expensive and specialized conversions as the and transmissions have to be strengthened, and fuel issues have to be and improvements are required to the brakes and package.

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