Enjoyable Toyota Efficiency Fashions That Don’t Get The Consideration They Deserve

Toyota Corolla Levin AE111

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Launched in 1995, the Toyota Corolla Levin was a compact sports activities coupe with front-wheel drive and among the best Toyota four-cylinder engines ever made – the 4A-GE “blacktop”. Opposite to what some imagine, this model of the engine was by no means supplied on the enduring Corolla AE86, which has rear-wheel drive. Nevertheless, it’s nonetheless a preferred engine swap for it. The front-wheel-drive Levin AE111 got here with the “blacktop” as normal.

The 1.6-liter naturally-aspirated inline-four got here with 20 valves and produced 165 horsepower at 7,800 RPM and 119 pound-feet (162 Nm) at 5,600 RPM. Nevertheless, it has to run on premium gasoline to get these numbers. The 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) dash takes 7.6 seconds. Regardless of the good engine, light-weight, and aftermarket help, the front-wheel-drive Corolla by no means turned as fashionable as its rear-wheel-drive predecessor – the “86”.

Toyota Corolla Levin AE111 specs
Engine1.6-liter naturally-aspirated inline-four
Energy165 HP @ 7,800 RPM
Torque119 LB-FT @ 5,600 RPM
0 to 60 mph7.6 seconds

Toyota Celica SS III

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Once you consider the sixth-generation Toyota Celica, you most likely consider the rally-bred GT-4 model, which got here with all-wheel drive and a turbocharged inline-four engine. There was, nevertheless, one other model, able to competing with the enduring Acura Integra Kind R – the Toyota Celica SS III. The “SS” stood for “tremendous strut” – a particular package deal that enhanced the suspension and chassis of the front-wheel-drive coupe.

All SS variations got here with a 3S-GE engine, however the SS III featured the BEAMS model, also called “redtop”. The two.0-liter naturally-aspirated unit was good for 200 horsepower at 7,000 RPM and 152 pound-feet (206 Nm) at 6,000 RPM. Coupled to a close-ratio, five-speed handbook, the engine propelled the Celica SS III from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.5 seconds – simply 0.3 seconds away from the GT-4.

Toyota Celica SS III specs
Engine2.0-liter naturally-aspirated inline-four
Energy200 HP @ 7,000 RPM
Torque152 LB-FT @ 6,000 RPM
0 to 60 mph6.5 seconds

Toyota Supra Mk IV (non-turbo)

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The Toyota Supra Mk IV wants no introduction. It’s the final embodiment of the Nineties, Toyota overengineering, principally due to its distinctive, 2JZ GTE engine. However the Supra has extra virtues than its extremely potent inline-six. Apart from the six-speed handbook gearbox (which is German, by the way in which), the Supra’s well-sorted chassis makes it an awesome sports activities automobile even with out the twin-turbo engine.

The 2JZ GTE’s lesser counterpart, the 2JZ GE, is principally, the identical engine with out the compelled induction. Sure, the cylinder head is totally different, however there have been highly-modified examples with the inventory head. With 222 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 210 pound-feet (283 Nm) at 4,800 RPM, the 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) dash takes 6.5 seconds on to a prime velocity of round 150 mph (242 km/h).

Toyota Supra MK IV specs
Engine2JZ GTE
Energy222 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Torque210 LB-FT @ 4,800 RPM
0 to 60 mph6.5 seconds
Prime velocity150 mph

Toyota Corolla Compressor

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Earlier than the introduction of the GR Corolla, there was not a single efficiency model of the Corolla from the twenty first century, worthy of mentioning. Nevertheless, there have been some excellent makes an attempt and the closest factor to a predecessor to the GR Corolla is the Toyota Corolla Compressor. It’s based mostly on the AE120 Corolla TS.

Nevertheless, the 1.8-liter 2ZZ, inline-four unit acquired a supercharger, which bumped horsepower from 170 to 224 and torque from 133 pound-feet (180 Nm) to 170 pound-feet (230 Nm). The 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time was “shaved” from 7.7 to six.9 seconds, with a prime velocity of 146 mph (235 km/h). The explanation you most likely haven’t heard of the Corolla Compressor is that it was a UK-only model, restricted to 250 items.

Toyota Corolla Compressor specs
Engine1.8-liter 2ZZ, inline-four
Energy224 HP
Torque170 LB-FT
0 to 60 mph6.9 seconds
Prime velocity146 mph

Toyota S800

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Toyota Tremendous 800 is an ideal illustration of Japanese motoring. It’s very small, light-weight, and nimble. It’s additionally Toyota’s first sports activities automobile. The manufacturing Tremendous 800 got here out in 1965 and was powered by a 790cc, 2U-B flat-twin engine that made 45 horsepower. This allowed the 1,279-pound (580 kg) sports activities automobile to succeed in speeds of as much as 100 mph (161 km/h). The Toyota Tremendous 800 (S800) was meant to compete with the Honda S500 that got here out two years earlier, in 1963. Whereas not a lot to have a look at, on paper, that is the place Toyota’s efficiency automobile lineage began from.

Toyota Tremendous 800 specs
Engine790cc, 2U-B flat-twin
Energy45 HP
Weight1,279 lbs
Prime velocity100 mph

Toyota Altezza RS200

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Toyota Altezza is the Japanese title of what most of us know because the Lexus IS. The primary technology of the automobile got here out in 1999 and it had a sizzling model generally known as the RS200. It got here with a 3S-GE engine that was an evolution of the Celica SS III “redtop” unit. It packed 207 horsepower at 7,600 RPM and 159 pound-feet (216 Nm) at 6,400 RPM. With the six-speed handbook, the 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) dash takes 7.2 seconds. In the remainder of the world, the place the automobile is offered because the Lexus IS, it has a model with a naturally-aspirated 2JZ.

Toyota Altezza RS200 specs
Engine3S-GE
Energy207 HP @ 7,600 RPM
Torque159 LB-FT @ 6,400 RPM
0 to 60 mph7.2 seconds
Transmissionsix-speed handbook

Toyota Yaris GRMN

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Earlier than the bonkers, rally-bred Toyota GR Yaris, there was the Yaris GRMN. The third technology of the compact hatchback was the idea for an additional sizzling model. GRMN stands for “Gazoo Racing Masters of the Nurburgring”. Whereas a daring assertion. The 1.8-liter supercharged inline-four engine was good for 212 horsepower at 6,800 RPM and 184 pound-feet (249 Nm) at 5,000 RPM.

In contrast to the all-wheel-drive GR Yaris, the Yaris GRMN despatched energy to the entrance wheels solely, by a six-speed handbook. The 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) dash takes round 6.2 seconds. The GRMN Yaris is much more unique than the GR Yaris, with solely 600 items constructed.

Toyota Yaris GRMN specs
Engine1.8-liter supercharged inline-four
Energy212 HP @ 6,800 RPM
Torque184 LB-FT @ 5,000 RPM
0 to 60 mph6.2 seconds
Transmissionsix-speed handbook
Prime velocity143 mph

Toyota Caldina GT-4

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The Toyota Caldina is a station wagon, which for the second and third technology, adopted the 3S-GTE engine from the Celica GT-4 and MR2. Within the Caldina GT-4, the engine produced 256 horsepower at 6,200 RPM and 239 pound-feet (324 Nm) at 4,400 RPM. Whereas the 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) dash takes round 6.6 seconds, that is true for vehicles outfitted with the five-speed handbook.

These, nevertheless, are fairly uncommon and most examples have a sluggish, four-speed automated, which turns into the one possibility on the third-generation Caldina. Because the title suggests, the Caldina GT-4 comes completely as an all-wheel-drive mannequin.

Toyota Caldina GT-4 specs
Engine3S-GTE
Energy256 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Torque239 LB-FT @ 4,400 RPM
0 to 60 mph6.6 seconds
Transmissionfive-speed handbook

Patrick Moore

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