Toyota Celica GT-S 6-speed (2000)

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Toyota Celica GT-S (2000)

By Tom Hagin

If the all-new Toyota Celica hasn’t hit local dealer yet, it will. It’s a seventh model and for 2000, the Celica in base GT and race-inspired GT-S We elected to test the sportier of the of course.

OUTSIDE — The is based on Toyota’s XYR show and was penned at the company’s design and center in Southern California, explains why the car has such a bold Had it been created in Japan, are it would have been less striking. It’s a that Toyota can stamp so convoluted shapes into an and still have it end up looking Its sleek profile combines curves and organic shapes sharp edges and creases. The headlights are triangular in shape and a unique bulge pressed the clear plastic lenses. auto makers have fresh, bold shapes their sportsters, but the Celica out more than any other — except the true The 15-inch alloy wheels are on the GT-S while an optional package adds 16-inch and stickier performance tires.

INSIDE — The unique of the Celica’s exterior continue where the arcing lines of the dash intersect with the shape of the center console. Its bucket seats are ergonomically to cradle the car’s occupants and to them firmly planted spirited driving. The look and of the interior materials is of typical quality, while a thick wheel and drilled aluminum give further racing The instrument panel conclave a set of gauges that have numbers on a black background. And the car is put into reverse, a beeper off, reminiscent of a delivery backing into a loading The standard features list on the is impressive, with such as power windows, door and mirrors, a

high-power AM/FM/ cassette/CD and variable speed wipers at no extra charge.

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ON THE ROAD — Under the are where the Celica GT and the GT-S Both are powered by twin-cam, 1.8 four cylinder engines, but the in the GT model has a longer piston and a smaller bore than the unit. It produces 140 horsepower of 180 as in the GT-S. Both engines variable valve timing VVT-I on the GT model and VVTL-I on but the systems are different. Both good low-end torque and economy when the RPMs are then give additional via variable camshaft timing on the GT and an set of camshaft lobes on the GT-S. very complex, but it works and effectively — especially the GT-S model and its 7600 RPM GT models can be had with a five-speed or four-speed automatic transmission, the GT-S comes with a manual or a four-speed automatic E-Shift steering wheel-mounted buttons.

BEHIND THE WHEEL — The new unibody chassis adheres to the formula of car building, and on the road, the feels taut and well-controlled. It MacPherson struts up front, the rear suspension is a high-tech setup. Both ends use diameter anti-roll bars, springs and stiff, double- tube shocks. The power steering is fast and communicative, and the Celica a joy to pilot through backroads. But a suspension that’s tuned for handling will a high-performance message back to inside and the GT-S does that. The larger bumps as highway expansion joints and can’t be comfortably absorbed by the suspension, but its stellar high handling is a worthwhile tradeoff. duties are handled by four-wheel brakes (rear drums on GT while an anti-lock braking (ABS) is optional.


SAFETY — Dual airbags and side-impact door are standard, while side-impact and ABS are optional.

OPTIONS — ABS: rear spoiler: $435; airbags: $250; 16-inch wheels: $60; floor $75; destination charge:

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