The Celica went from a live axle rear-wheel drive configuration to front-wheel drive in 1986. Toyota also slotted in a high-revving, smooth four-cylinder motor which in US version put out just 130bhp (97kW) but in Europe had 147hhp (110kW), In 1990 the car was updated, then again in 1994 with the swoopy shape shown here. By the mid-1990s the car's sporting prowess had been well established as Carlos Sainz had taken home the World Rally Championship in a Celica earlier that decade. The independent suspension layout, being MacPherson struts all around with anti-roll bars, was retained for the new model, as were the 10-inch (254mm) four-wheel disc brakes with ABS. New alloys with low-profile tyres ensured excellent cornering speed. The 16v engine used dual-phase intake system, which used a shorter intake once the revs climbed above 5,000rpm, for extra power.
Toyota Celica GT Specifications
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