Toyota Celica Returns! | Auto Express

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Toyota Celica


coupe makes a comeback in the of a stunning new rear-wheel drive car

IT’S the news that fans have been to hear – the Celica is back! has resurrected its most famous car, in the shape of this new machine – and it’s set to blow the Scirocco away.

Called the it will make its world at the Tokyo Motor Show this month. And although is calling it a concept, you can expect to see the new in UK dealers next year.

As well as the Scirocco, the Celica go up against other reborn such as Vauxhall’s Calibra and Focus-based Capri replacement. So will have the widest of affordable two-doors for more a decade.

A big selling point set the Toyota apart from its though – it’s rear-wheel-drive.The is named after the Corolla – a rear-driven coupé that cult status among the ‘drifting’ community. It’s the of a Toyota and Subaru joint

Although official details are ahead of the car’s unveiling in one insider revealed that the new gets a 2.0-litre flat-four boxer engine from the Impreza, mated to a chassis the Legacy. This has been so that power is sent to the rear wheels, as opposed to all

On top sits a striking body clearly takes design from the FT-HS hybrid concept seen at 2007’s show. It’s an amazing that injects the sharp, feel that’s been from the Toyota brand the MR2, Celica and Supra from the line-up several ago.

At the front, there’s a huge air flanked by slim LED headlights and flared wheelarches. Together the prominent raised nose – takes themes from Formula One race cars – the end really stands out. At the there’s a raked window flows down to meet a boot spoiler.

All the surfaces are smooth and taut, and the front and rear overhangs to provide a compact shape. As a the FT-86 looks purposeful and The drama continues inside.

instruments in blue and red are placed an oval pod, surrounded by air vents.

It’s a simple but design, set off by sporty touches as a flat-bottomed steering wheel, seats and a stubby gearlever.

the bonnet, the normally aspirated incorporates an all-new cylinder with revised camshafts, and valves. The unit produces – more than the last-generation which delivered 189bhp its 1.8-litre engine. In the new car, the is mated to a specially built manual gearbox developed by transmission expert Aishin – the behind the advanced automated set-up in Toyota luxury Lexus’s LF-A supercar.

As a result, the FT-86 should 0-60mph in less than seconds and hit 140mph.

Engineers worked hard to ensure the meets the latest emissions and although it’s unlikely to be – the Impreza’s boxer is infamously – the FT-86 should return 35mpg.

Yet while the Subaru Legacy its chassis, not much of the basic will be retained in the new model. The dampers, brakes and steering all be uprated, to ensure the FT-86 is inch the rear-driven sports The production version is set to cost at £22,000 when it arrives.

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