Toyota's Engineer Turns a Celica into an RWD Sports Car

Replacing the engine is a very common type of customization in the after-market. But you probably haven't seen this Toyota Celica yet.

Now the Toyota Celica is front-wheel drive only. If you are not comfortable with it, one of the engineers from Toyota rushes to the rescue. The RWD Celica is based on the 2003 coupe.

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However, there is little left of the initial car. The 1.8-liter I4 engine was replaced by a unit from Lexus. The 4.3-liter 3UZ-FE V8 is the same age as the Celica, but its power output is much higher and reaches 320 hp. The engineer has also replaced the front and rear suspensions from the Supra TT and has switched the car to RWD drivetrain.

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The upgraded Celica is equipped with coilovers, adjustable control levers, improved brakes, air conditioning, airbags and a helical limited slip differential. At the same time, the car fits into the emission requirements.

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The maximum speed of the unique Celica is 209 km/h. There is an option to choose between a manual or automatic transmission. However, you have to pay extra for the manual one and it will cost $33.000. The variant with an automatic gearbox costs $29.000.

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