Car reviews - Toyota - Celica - ZR coupe
While previous generations offered more show than go, the new model is a firecracker
29 Mar 2001
TOYOTA'S Celica has moved up from hairdresser's car to hair-raiser. While previous generations typically offered more show than go, the new model is a firecracker. Complementing the cracking 140kW powerplant is a taut chassis that delivers superb levels of grip and handling. But there's a catch: Celica only delivers the goods in six-speed manual form. The optional four-speed auto is simply not up to the task of keeping the high-revving 1.8-litre engine on the boil.
Model release date: 1 November 1999 to 1 March 2006
Did you know?This is the seventh generation of Celica, stemming from the Camry-based 1.6-litre Gen I back in 1971
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Toyota CelicaReleased: March 1994
Ended: Nov 1999
Family Tree: Celica
Toyota has messed with the Celica since day one, resulting in the hairdresser image even though some models have been anything but. The 1994 version brought together most elements, especially handling, but the front-drive, 100kW 2.2-litre Camry engine was quite pedestrian.
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