New Car Test Drive Review — 2000ToyotaCelica

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If Toyota#039;s all-new turns your head, what#039;s underneath its slick, sheet metal should be than enough to hold attention. The 2000 Celica is more powerful, quicker and it or not — less expensive the 1999 model. Not a bad way to start the new

The first Celica was launched in as Toyota#039;s answer to the American car. It was sporty, nimble and but also reliable and economical. hasn#039;t changed much for the part of a decade. It grew and seemed expensive.

For 2000, has been completely redesigned. It on sale October 1.

This new is the first car guided by genesis, a youth-oriented marketing wing of Motor Sales USA. cars like Celica and the new subcompact, genesis will try to woo under age 30 as that group flexing its consumer muscle.


The Celica GT-S the lineup with distinctive nice handling and a high-strung 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with assistance from The GT-S retails for $21,165.

buyers will opt for the more 140-horsepower GT, which retails for

Naturally, the two models vary in features: The GT gets a six-speaker with both cassette and CD, windows, power mirrors and air The GT-S adds two speakers and amplifier power, fog lamps, aluminum sport pedals, locks, a leather steering and shift knob, cruise and alloy wheels with tires. The GT-S evaluated had nearly all the options, including a leather seats, a rear and 16-inch alloy wheels lower profile speed-rated In place of the GT#039;s five-speed the GT-S comes standard a six-speed gearbox. Either can be ordered with a four-speed controlled automatic that $800 to the GT, $700 to the GT-S.


Toyota had three key for the seventh-generation Celica: less more power, and a lower

The 2000 Celica weighs 100 pounds less than a equipped #039;99. And even the new engine is smaller (by 400 cc), it a 5-horsepower edge over year#039;s engine. The GT-S is to beat the #039;99#039;s 0-60 mph by a substantial two-second margin, improving fuel economy by 22 Toyota said it held the cost of building the Celica increased production efficiencies and by parts with other

The new Celica is based on Toyota#039;s XYR car (for Xtreme, Youthful, which made the rounds at auto shows two years Its 102.3-inch wheelbase is 2.4 inches than the #039;99 Celica#039;s, yet the new car is four inches shorter, a lot less overhang front and Designers at the company#039;s studio in California took inspiration Toyota#039;s CART auto-racing The channel down the Celica#039;s is supposed to recall the needle on an Indy car. The long, headlights are intended to remind us of the on a formula race car#039;s wing.

Maybe, maybe not. clear is that Celica mixes round organic with sheer and angular. The aren#039;t necessarily clean or but they are dramatic and by no means Celica#039;s striking headlights it look expensive. It#039;s a large, bold step by usual conservative, edgeless standards.

Under the hood, offers a choice of two all-aluminum four-cylinder engines. While displace 1.8 liters, each has its own and bore and stroke measurements. twin cams and four per cylinder, the base GT engine a respectable 140 horsepower and 125 foot-pounds of both at 6400 rpm.

The inline-4 was developed jointly Yamaha, which also final engine assembly, and it a number of high-tech tweaks. the first Toyota-badged engine in America with variable timing, lift and duration VVTL-i). For the buyer, that higher revs, better breathing and more horsepower for the size. The GT-S powerplant is one of a few production engines that 100 horsepower per liter of displacement. its high 11.5:1 compression, it 180 horsepower at 7600 rpm and 133 foot-pounds of at 6600 rpm.

The Celica GT comes standard a five-speed manual transmission. The gets a six-speed. The GT-S is available with the E-Shift shift program from the hot GS 400 sports sedan. This four-speed automatic can be shifted via buttons on the steering wheel

Interior Features

As expected, the new offers tight quarters—intimate for people, perhaps cramped for folks. Yet the rear seat has a amount of space for a 2+2 with headroom than before. The seats allow height but they lack variable support. A toe-operated lever on the passenger seat allows it to forward for easier access to the

Celica#039;s dashboard starts a simple, clean, cross-compartment The gauges have orange on a black background. Switches are to find and operate, particularly controls. The center console has a rack for eight CDs or 10 cassettes. The seat folds to expand space. Our test car was a pre-production so it was difficult to judge the quality of the finish. Still, the optional seats had rich, high-grade

Occupant safety was a priority for In addition to side-impact beams, it optional side airbags deploy from the front The seats have a new, back frame designed to whiplash injuries, and many trim pieces are deformable to head impacts. The 2000 is the first Toyota that off its fuel delivery system if the deploy.

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Driving Impressions

My first of the Celica GTS is that it loves to There#039;s adequate throttle through about 6000 then Toyota#039;s VVTL-i in like an on-off switch and the squirts forward with urgency. The GTS should manage mph runs in the upper seven-second but the true satisfaction comes working the shifter and keeping the spinning full bore. The red on the tach starts at 7800 but there#039;s another 500-600 to the limiter and the engine keeps strong, without flattening the whole way.

The only is that when this is turning in the sweet part of its band it#039;s loud. an abundance of intake and valve made more noticeable the engine feels so smooth.

The shifter works very by front-drive standards—smooth, accurate, The E-shift automatic is equally E-Shift#039;s shift buttons intuitively. Pressing one of the buttons on the of the steering wheel upshifts, pressing the buttons on the back Better still, the electronics do little thinking for the driver. holds its gear, even the engine bouncing off the rev limiter and sequentially up or down at the driver#039;s It works as well as similar on some of the most expensive in the world.

Celica#039;s seats are comfortable and and the pedals, in both placement and work well. The perfectly dead pedal is appreciated by drivers because it allows to brace themselves with left leg during energetic

One of the best things about the GT-S is that it corners and relatively flat, without a small-coupe ride. The upgrade tires are sticky. Steering is and accurate, and the feel through the gives a good idea how grip is left in the front The Celica GT-S tightens its through a curve when its lifts from the gas, and it the harshest, most abrupt to unsettle its rear end. it gets high marks for tuning.

Celica also high marks for build Even in the prototypes we drove, were no creaks or rattles in the or trim panels. In all, the Celica makes a well-balanced, coupe. With the exception of the GT-S engine, no particular stands out, yet it all blends very nicely.

The same applies to the base GT, which sampled as well. Its tires as grippy as the upgrades, and its 1.8 four is not as Yet there#039;s just as much through three quarters of the rev range, and unless you#039;re pushing the tach needle the red zone, you might never the difference.


There was a time the mid-priced coupe market was one of the in the auto industry—when automakers, Toyota, offered 200-plus turbocharged engines, all-wheel and other high-tech performance Yet coupe sales have steadily over the last 10 as buyers shift from toward pickups and sport vehicles. Some manufacturers given up on sporty coupes. Toyota for investing in an all-new

There#039;s a solid sporty beneath the Celica#039;s new-wave

Assuming production cars are a quieter, the 2000 Celica is steady, Toyota smooth and finished. It#039;s also adventurous in appearance. Potential taken by the styling will get than enough car to go with the

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