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Toyota Altezza

RS200 Buyer#8217;s Guide #8211; 146

16th, 2010 by NZPC

#39;1999 Car of the Year’ should be on your list if you’re in the for a medium-sized sedan but don’t to go down the turbocharged route. talking about Toyota’s to the E46 BMW 3-Series, the Altezza, and in particular the edition, which offers up the balance of performance and style of all in the range.

The Altezza is the Japanese market (JDM) version of the Lexus IS200. The two cars many similarities but there are differences to set them apart.

On the platform, Altezzas were in two basic rear-wheel-drive guises 1998 to 2005: AS200 and The AS200 featured the 1G-FE 2.0-litre engine, while the got the peaky 3S-GE four-cylinder engine. Both came in a of auto or 6-speed manual

An Altezza wagon known as a was also sold in AS200 only, but with the choice of the engine or a naturally aspirated 3.0-litre 2JZ-GE.

The RS200 was marketed in three basic RS200, RS200 Z edition and L edition. Essentially, the Z added a few and styling upgrades that touch on, and the L had all that plus seats. Using a stock RS200 as a guide, here’s all you to know about this model.

The Altezza RS200 uses the 3S-GE BEAMS (breakthrough with advanced mechanism four-pot with 11.5:1 The generation four version two and final derivative of Toyota’s aspirated 2.0-litre DOHC 16V includes Dual VVTi and an exhaust manifold in its specification to out 210ps (154kW) at 7600rpm, and (216Nm) of torque at 6400rpm in the manual model. A little power is achieved in the auto (see spec, p74).

The Altezza was sold new with two options: a 6-speed manual, and a automatic Toyota dubbed the Intelligent 5SuperECT’. The automatic can be shifted via the gear lever or on the steering wheel. The 6-speed as fitted in our test car, is a gearbox, with a very shifting mechanism and solid

TCS (traction control) and limited differentials were factory on Z and L editions but were options on the model.

Altezzas equipped traction control have a TCS on the dash, but this system can be overridden by simply depressing it. If the car has a torsion LSD installed this be recorded on the build plate in the bay. On the Trans/Axle line the last character should be whereas models factory with open differentials this character recorded as

Even though its design is now than a decade old, the is still a good looking Although there seems to be no and fast rule as to which got what, some were with large front spoilers (complete with driving lights), mesh side skirts, a rear spoiler and boot spoiler.

light covers are also common factory fits, but so are the black-bodied headlights, which not look better than the headlights but also tend to be prone to yellowing. Z and L edition also came standard dark #39;privacy glass’ on the door windows and rear

Inside, the RS200 is well although perhaps a little Its large instrument cluster centrally positioned speedometer is the offender in that respect. than that, though, the black trim looks Regular grade and Z edition feature dark grey trim, but you’ll find equivalents on L edition cars.

and passenger front SRS airbags are fare on all models, and although airbags were an option, are rarely found. Z edition feature alloy pedals, steering wheels and an Altezza Live eight-speaker audio with boot-mounted CD changer, like most Japanese these accessories could be on any model.

Rear-seat legroom is very even with the front pushed back to their position.

Perhaps the Altezza best attribute is the way it drives. to its healthy torque curve the provides adequate around-town but to extract the utmost from it, the needs to be revved to the redline. At 7.5 seconds from standstill to it’s quick, not fast, but it lacks in straight-line grunt, it than makes up for in the handling

Toyota invested heavily in department, speccing the Altezza a double wishbone arrangement and rear. The drive is neutral and the is tight, making this a driver’s car. Ventilated on the front end and solid discs at the coupled with ABS means it well, too.


The cost of a 6-speed manual will mostly depend on its year and how many kilometres are on the Higher mileage examples in condition start at around in a private sale, with model, better condition examples running up to $20,000. particular car, as supplied by car yard Wall Motors, is a model with a certified on the clock and is priced at $13,995.

Due to new registration restrictions that into effect Jan 1 2009, GF-SXE10 model RS200 are now unable to be complied for use on New Zealand Later model GH-SXE10 however, are. But with a Kiwi dollar and the higher costs for later model in Japan, it’s unlikely large numbers of these will be imported.


The RS200 is a car that’s just to be modified, and with a good parts support network, easily achieved. Engine-wise the Gen 4 V2 needs a kick in the pants to get it and soon after it was released of Japan’s biggest tuners to the party with bolt-on induction kits that are available today. Trust/GReddy, and HKS developed turbo kits, and built a turbo kit and a sweet-sounding kit.

All setups only relatively low boost, so don’t to set the world on fire. But because do not require the engine to be pulled for replacement of bottom-end componentry, an easy upgrade to enhance Similar results can be achieved by together a turbo kit from parts.

For more serious engine a full host of forged internal parts are available, a number of stroker kits push cubic capacity out to 2.2 Combined with a bigger system, the 3S-GE has the potential for power numbers.

Driveline and upgrades are easily achieved, most aftermarket manufacturers to the Altezza. A 5#215;114.3 PCD opens up a selection of rear-wheel-drive wheel

Styling-wise there’s plenty on for the RS200, from locally body kits to genuine sourced from Japan.


Apart from the Z and L edition variants, Tom’s (a tuner) and Toyota Netz built a very special on the RS200 platform in 1999. were reputedly only 100 280T versions ever with the model’s name a correlation to its 280hp turbocharged

The 280T was basically an RS200 performance mods and was sold a full factory warranty Toyota’s Netz dealerships. to Tom’s, all 100 cars were the first day they went on Modifications include an IHI turbo, intercooler, Tom’s TEC engine system, Tom’s headgasket, 6kg flywheel, Tom’s Advox and a special body kit, other enhancements.

The 280T made its 280hp 30kg/m of torque) on just boost.

Recognised by a Tom’s plate in the engine bay, a handful of genuine 280Ts are to exist in New Zealand.

The Qualitat was another special Altezza. version added a few performance, and styling upgrades and was available on the RS200 and AS200 base. information is available on these

Toyota Altezza RS200 Specifications

Engine: Toyota 3S-GE inline-4 2.0-litre 16V, Dual VVTi, titanium valves, 11.5:1 ratio

Driveline: 6-speed gearbox (5-speed auto limited slip differential TCS (option)

Suspension: Front/rear wishbone, MacPherson strut, springs

Brakes: Ventilated front, solid disc ABS

Wheels/Tyres: 17-inch alloy 215/45R17 tyres

Performance: Max 210ps (154kW) @ 7600rpm 200ps (145kW) @ 7000rpm Max torque 22kg/m (216Nm) @ (6MT), 22kg/m (216Nm) @ (5AT)

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