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A turbo-charged Toyota Corolla? It had attitude backed by reliability

13 Aug 2001

A TURBO Corolla with attitude? Sounds unlikely doesn't it, but that's what the Sportivo is - a locally developed, hot version of the venerable budget buy which has transported generations of Australians. Toyota says the Sportivo is the most powerful Corolla ever sold here, and it's also the most expensive, getting close to such luminaries of the "hot four" field as the Subaru Impreza WRX and Honda Integra Type R. Toyota is very clear that the Sportivo is a toe in the water exercise, however, with just 110 built for sale.

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Model release date: 1 March 2001 to 1 December 2001

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Toyota Corolla

Released: September 1994
Ended: September 1998
Family Tree: Corolla

The Corolla is an Australian institution, with the badge first introduced here in the 1960s. Five-door hatchback, five-door Seca liftback or four-door sedan were available in the previous model Corolla, which was replaced by the current car in October 1998. Two four-cylinder engines were available: an 85kW 1.8-litre 85kW or a 78kW 1.6-litre and, like the Camry, a bewildering array of variants was also on offer.

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