2002 Toyota Celica GT-S review and pictures

Posted on Friday, 20 October 2006 , 16:10:21 byEmil

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Toyota Celica GT-S

Not long ago, Toyota revealed the seventh-generation of the Celica and ever since, the model managed to turn some hears around thanks to its styling. It is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder DOCH all-aluminum engine that is able to produce 180 horsepower at 7600 rpm and 130 lb. ft. of torque at 6.800 rpm. The power is being sent to the wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. The front suspension is outfitted with MacPherson struts with offset springs and a solid anti-roll bar. For improved comfort and steering feel, the carmaker offered rubber bushings and anti-dive geometry. Concerning the rear suspension, well, the Japanese specialists made it use a double wishbone design. When it comes to the braking system, well, you should know that the braking is handled by 15-inch ventilated front discs with 10.5-inch solid rear disc brakes, but this is not really all.

The seventh-generation Toyota Celica has been a head turner since its launch. With its cutting-edge styling, which borrows many Champ-car design elements, including its radically lowered front fascia, the Celica appeals to young, new car buyers looking for sports car excitement.

The Celica GT-S is powered by a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder DOHC all-aluminum engine that generates 180 horsepower at 7600 rpm and 130 lb-ft. of torque at 6800 rpm. The GT-S powerplant utilizes variable valve timing and lift, with intelligence control (VVTL-i) to inject an extra dose of performance from 6000 rpm to the redline at 7800 rpm. VVTL-i increases the intake/exhaust lift when the engine speed is high to improve output and fuel efficiency. Weighing in at only 2500 pounds, it has one of the best power-to-weight ratios in its segment.

The six-speed manual in the GT-S adopts a high sixth-gear ratio with close-ratio gears for first through fifth speeds to maximize Celica's engine performance. A smaller gear ratio is used for its sixth speed to help reduce noise and fuel consumption during higher-speed, freeway driving.

Celica's front suspension is outfitted with MacPherson struts with offset springs and a solid anti-roll bar. Rubber bushings and anti-dive geometry provide improved ride comfort and steering feel. The rear suspension uses a double wishbone design with a camber-control function and a solid anti-roll bar.

Braking is handled by 15-inch ventilated front discs with 10.5-inch solid rear disc brakes. An available four-channel Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution is also offered.