Common Name: Celica
Model: Celica (E-ST202-BLMZF)
Engine: I4 DOHC (3S-GE)
Horsepower: 197 hp / 7000 rpm
Torque: 21 kgm / 6000 rpm
Dimensions: 4435 mm x 1750 mm x 1305 mm
Wheelbase: 2535 mm
Weight: 1210 kg
Model Number: 096
Made In: China
The Toyota Celica name has been applied to a series of popular coupes made by the Japanese company Toyota. The name is ultimately derived from the Latin word coelica meaning “heavenly” or “celestial”.
Throughout its life span the Celica has been powered by various four cylinder engines. The most significant change occurred in 1986, when the car’s drive layout was changed from rear wheel drive to front wheel drive. During the first three generations, American market Celicas were powered by various versions of Toyota’s R series engines. A four-wheel drive turbocharged model (designated All-trac in the US or GT-Four in Japan and Europe) was produced from 1986 to 2000. Variable Valve Timing came in late 1997 Japanese models, and became standard in all models from 2000 on. Through seven generations, the model has gone through many revisions and design forks, including the Toyota Celica Supra (later known as the Toyota Supra). The Celica was available as notchback and liftback coupes, as well as a convertible.
In late 1999, Toyota began production and sales of the seventh generation Celica. It closely resembled the XYR concept with the exception of the front bumper and rear spoiler. The 2000 model year Celica was an element of Toyota Project Genesis, an effort to bring younger buyers to the marque in the United States.
The Celica came in two different models. The ZZT230 powered by an economical 1.8L 4-cylinder 140hp 1ZZ-FE engine and the ZZT231 powered by a higher-performance 1.8L 4-cylinder 191 hp in Europe and Japan (180hp) 2ZZ-GE version, co-developed with Yamaha. The latter which featured lift control in conjunction with its variable valve timing.
Japanese models continued to carry SS-I and SS-II trim levels. The SS-I is powered by 1ZZ-FE engine, SS-II comes with 2ZZ-GE engine. The SS-II also can be ordered with Super Strut Package with super strut suspension, rear strut bar, 16-inch alloys, metal pedals, and colored rocker panels. The SS-II has climate control AC with digital display. Options included the choice of the Elegant Sports Version with front lip spoiler and headlight covers, or the Mechanical Sports Version with full body kits. The JDM Celica was updated with minor changes in August 2002.