Celica Liftback

Released date : 1981/ 7/ 2

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Grade 2000GT_GT SX Standard
Model type
Curb mass(kg) 1165 1105 1020
Dimensions Length(mm) 4450 4450 4450
Width(mm) 1665 1665 1665
Height(mm) 1320 1320 1310
Wheelbase(mm) 2500 2500 2500
Engine Engine code 18R-GEU 3T-EU 1S-U
Engine type In-line 4-cylinder, DOHC In-line 4-cylinder, OHV In-line 4-cylinder, OHC
Displacement(cm3) 1968 1770 1832
Max. output kW(PS)/r.p.m. -/135/5800 -/105/5400 -/100/5400
* The specifications are those of representative model grades.
* Max. output represents a net rating. In the above table, digits separated by slashes ( / / ) stand for kW, PS, and r.p.m., respectively.
* The model numbers of these vehicles are RA63(2000), SA60(1800), TA63(1800), TA61(1600).
The third-generation Celica that was placed on the market in July 1981 came in either a 2-door notchback coupé or a liftback body. Its external features included the wedge-shaped body with sharp contours and flat surface areas, and the semi-retractable "rise-up" (pop-up) headlamps. When retracted, the lens surfaces of the headlamps became flush with the body, reducing protrusions and improving the aerodynamics.

The choice of engines included 1,600 cc DOHC (2T-GEU), 1,800 cc SOHC (1S-U), 1,800 cc OHV (3T-EU), and 2,000 cc DOHC (18R-GEU) units. In October 1982, the first DOHC turbocharged engine in Japan (3T-GTEU) joined the lineup. In a minor model change in August 1983, the headlamps became fully retractable, and the fender mirrors were replaced with door mirrors. In addition, the 2T-G engine that had powered numerous Celica models for 13 years was replaced with the new 4A-GEI engine. In October 1982, 200 units of the Group B-homologated GT-TS model were made available, one of which went on to win the 1984 WRC Safari Rally for the first time.

An active suspension system was made available for some models, featuring an active 4-wheel-steering system designed to stabilize the vehicle by instantly controling the rear wheel angle and reducing sudden attitude changes.
Plant Tsutsumi plant
"Celica" is Spanish for "celestial" or "heavenly."

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