By the late eighties, the boxier fourth-generation Celica was in trouble. Since many buyers chose a Ford Probe, a Mitsubishi Eclipse or a Nissan 240SX over the original sub-compact sports coupé from Toyota, a major upgrade was inevitable. As a result, just four years after its launch, the T160 series was replaced by the T180, ready for the 1990s with its "Super Round organic styling."
In GT-S tune, the Celica had a 2.2-liter 16-valve four-cylinder producing 130 horsepower and 140 lb.ft. of torque. Through a long-throw five-speed and front-wheel drive, that was enough for a zero-to-sixty sprint of 8.2 seconds, and a quarter mile run in 16.7.
Despite weighing just over 2800 lbs., MotorWeek found that the 1990 GT-S was only good for 22 miles per gallon. On the side, it came with 15-inch alloys and wider rubber, with four-wheel disc brakes featuring optional ABS. Toyota's variable-ratio steering rack also made it handle better than average, aided by minimal torque steer and a well-tuned suspension. And talk about sitting low in the chassis...
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