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Toyota Celica GT-S



  • So If I'm going to buy an automatic, is it worth springing for the GTS?
  • badtoybadtoy Posts: 368
    unless you'd rather wait for the Toysport turbo, which, combined with the cost of a GT, will run you about the same price as a GT-S -- and flat smoke it. I have the prototpe in my Corolla, and it is ungodly fast, smooth and user friendly. Kind of a sawed-off version of a Lexus GS400(minus the luxury and status, of course!).
  • badtoybadtoy Posts: 368
    the GT is available with a lovely 5-speed, with nicely spaced ratios and smooth action. If you want the e-shift (or is it "sport shift"?), you have to spring for the GT-S, because it isn't available in the GT. And it's a nice piece, trust me. Try it and see.
  • roadroachroadroach Posts: 131
    Any word lately if there is a turbo out (or in the works) for the GTS? How your wife's GT doing?
  • badtoybadtoy Posts: 368
    is doing great -- although it would be much nicer with a turbo!

    XS Engineering did a turbo for the GT-S, but I hear they've had problems with it. It really isn't as good an application because of the higher compression and wilder cams. I think the simplest and most effective thing they could do in the short run would be to change the gear ratios and the VVTi programming.
  • roadroachroadroach Posts: 131
    Well, I had heard about their turbo several months ago but nothing since then. I guess now I know why.

    Yeah, I would imagine that both the high 11.5:1 compression and the valve overlap would present some problems. If they could re-map the VVTi programming so the high lift cam kicks in around 5200-5500 rather than 6000, I think the various gear ratios could be left alone. The biggest complaint I've got right now is the apparent gulf between 1st and 2nd.

    Maybe just a shorter final drive ratio would do the trick...8^)
  • wiwangwiwang Posts: 17
    My GT recently got totaled. Rear-ended by a little old granny who stepped on the wrong pedal. So now Im in the market for a new car. Im thinking of getting another Celica...this time manual. I'm drawn between the GT Manual (I'll save some money and I wont need premium gas), the GTS Manual, or an Integra GS-R. I really really want the WRX, but I dont want to be in that much debt...(although I THINK I might be able to get one at invoice price!)...

    So any suggestions? Comfort and luxury is not a big issue...I am more concerned with fun and performance.

  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,776
    WRX at INVOICE? Where?
  • badtoybadtoy Posts: 368
    I'd go ahead and get the GT-S. Just be prepared to learn how to shift it smoothly. Or, get the GT with the 5-speed and get the Toysport turbo when it finally hits the street. (I'm all over Toysport about this, by the way -- it's time to stop fiddling with the fuel mapping and get on with the show.)

    I've got 6700 miles on the turbo now, and it still runs smooth and strong. I love it.
  • ledoux1ledoux1 Posts: 2
    Can anyone tell me if the new Celica GTS handles OK in 3 - 5 inches of snow?

  • When is the new T model coming out?????????
    What is the difference between the new T and the GTS????
  • boomn29boomn29 Posts: 189
    Well, a sports coupe is not made to handle in the snow. Those V-rated tires handle ok for a FWD car, but nothing real special. A hell of a lot better than my '95 Mustang (not GT) did, that's for sure.
    I don't know where you think you're going to find a WRX at invoice. Let everyone know, because it's nearly impossible. Don't know why you'd want one - it's stupid looking IMO, but it's not my choice.
    You could get a GS-R now for $21k since it's the last model year. But, it's been the same since like '93 or whatever...
    The 2002 Acura RSX is due out is July. This is Acura's version of the GTS. Seriously, check out the inside, it's a rip off the Celica. Also, the styling is a bit plain.
  • wiwangwiwang Posts: 17
    I THINK (big emphasis on the think) I might be able to get a WRX at invoice. I have a friend who works for this company associated with Subaru of American and they can get Subaru's at invoice...but I dont know if it applies to new models...didnt ask her about it.

    I think Im either going to get a Celica GT manual or an Integra GSR...hoping i can get a good deal (sub invoice???) for a GSR since the new integras are arriving. anybody know if it's possible? Im thinkig if the price difference between a fairly nice equipped GT (alloy wheels, weather package, power windows, alarm system) and a GSR is around 1000-2000 bux, I might go for the GSR...

    anyway, didnt mean to raise any hopes on the invoice priced WRX ;)
  • badtoybadtoy Posts: 368
    By "T" do you mean "Turbo"? If so, it will be available within the next 30 days or Joel and I are gonna have a serious talk about what it's gonna take to get him off his butt.

    Sometime within the next three weeks the car will go to TRD for evaluation. Hopefully they'll get behind the program and produce it as a factory certified kit. If they do, that means emissions certification and a factory warranty. If they don't have the budget to adopt the program, it will still be available through Toysport. I wouldn't worry though -- this is a low boost kit and it hasn't shown any bad habits for over 9 months and 6700 miles.

    Oh -- difference between it and the GT-S? Roughly the same price ($18k for the GT plus about $3k for the turbo), but WAAAYYYY more horsepower and especially torque. Way easier to drive, too.
  • Is the turbo a kit or a whole new vehicle? What is a certified factorty kit? Do you simply add it to a GT or is it a whole new line of vehicles?
  • badtoybadtoy Posts: 368
    Just like the supercharger TRD produces for the Camry, Solara and 4Runner. They're working on one now for the V8 in the Tundra.

    A factory certified kit means the factory warranty stays intact. Without it (as with any aftermarket part), the factory can dissallow warranty repairs for engine damage that can be traced to the turbo. Emissions certification means you don't have to worry about having it smogged in states like California, where the emissions testing is super strict.

    The turbo kit will be available for any car using the 1ZZ engine (meaning the Corolla, soon-to-be-introduced Matrix, Celica GT and MR2 Spyder).
  • pocahontaspocahontas Posts: 802
    Please note, you'll now find a link to's video of the Toyota Celica GT-S in the Additional Resources box on the left side of the page. Let us know what you think. Happy Motoring! ;-)



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  • Any word on the 2002 celicas?
    Does anyone know when they are coming out?
    What changes will be made on the cars?
  • Can I get a turbo kit for the solara se? i know i can get a turbo kit for the se v6.
  • Does anyone know if there will be any changes made to the 2002 celica?
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