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Suspension

Toyota logo15 Mar 2001

By TERRY MARTIN

CELICA'S all-new rear suspension and improved front suspension is claimed to deliver better stability, turn-in, steering feel and ride comfort. Rather than use MacPherson struts on the rear, Toyota has introduced a double wishbone suspension. The front continues with MacPherson struts. The new front suspension has L-shaped lower arms and low-pressure gas-filled dampers with a linear control valve - the latter ensures changes to damping force are constant at low damper velocities and aims to maximise driving stability and ride comfort. Celica's front suspension hardware also includes a ball-jointed stabiliser bar and special rubber bushings to improve steering feel. The double wishbone rear suspension controls wheel movement through the full suspension stroke, aiming to ensure maximum tyre contact with the road. Rear suspension geometry includes a toe-correcting function to optimise turning stability and straight-line stability under brakes.

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The rear springs are mounted below the dampers, increasing suspension rigidity and allowing for a low floor height in the vehicle

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