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Car Review, Figures and Specs for the Toyota Celica GT Four ST205 - [1994]

1994 to 1999 Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205


World Rally Championship Homologation



The Celica GT-Four came in three generations; ST165,(Oct 1986 to August 1989); the ST185 (Sept 1989 to Sept 1993); and the ST205 from February 1994 to June 1999. The Toyota Celica GT-Four was the high performance version of the Celica Liftback. The ST205 version used an updated turbocharged 3S-GTE engine, and full-time AWD with much more power than previous. The GT-Four was created primarily to compete in the World Rally Championship and address the FIA homologation rules. The ST205 became Toyota’s official rally car in 1995 with one WRC victory, and also won the 1996 European Rally Championship. The Toyota Celica GT-Four was the first time a Japanese car manufacturer entered the WRC with an AWD turbocharged car and managed to win silverware. The GT-Four ST205 rally car was also the first car to introduce the anti-lag system.

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0-60mph in just under 6 seconds


The production version of the Celica GT-Four ST205 was launched for the Japanese market in Feb 1994, and for the Australian, European, and British markets later that same year. This version was to be the most powerful Celica produced to date, producing between 242 PS (178 kW; 215 bhp) for the export model and 255 PS (188 kW; 225 bhp) for the Japanese market model from an updated 3S-GTE engine matched to the E154 gearbox. As could be expected, the AWD provided excellent grip and the turbo-charged 2 litre lump launched the car to 60mph in just under 6 seconds. As a consequence however, they could also chew through gearboxes and clutches quite easily. Good examples are difficult to find as the Celica’s were renowned for rust and the GT-Four is also a favourite for aftermarket modifications. Prices remain relatively high especially for the limited edition versions which is understandable are a modern Japanese classic.

WRC inspired goodies.


Influenced by Toyota Team Europe, Toyota's factory WRC team, the final version of the GT-Four included improvements such as an all aluminum weight saving bonnet, four-channel ABS, an improved turbocharger, and "Super Strut Suspension".The 2500 homologation cars also came with all the plumbing necessary to activate an anti-lag system, a water spray bar and pump for the front intercooler, a basic water injection system, and an extender rear spoiler mounted on risers amongst others.



Summary


Positive  Rally Car for the Road - An alternative to the ubiquitous Impreza

Negatives  Prone to rust and can chew through transmissions


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