Toyota Glanza V

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Starlet Glanza V
ProductionJan 1996 - 1999
Body style(s)3-door hatchback
LayoutFF layout
Engine(s)Toyota E engine:
Transmission(s)C52 Manual
C150 Manual
C153 (LSD) Manual

A242L Automatic
Wheelbase2300 mm (90.6 in)
Length3805 mm (149.8 in)
Width1620 mm (63.8 in)
RelatedToyota Tercel
Toyota Paseo
Toyota Cynos

The Toyota Glanza was based on the 90 series chassis of the Toyota Starlet, and was first introduced in 1995 as a successor to the 80 series' Toyota Starlet GT Turbo. It was powered by a turbocharged version of a Toyota's E Engine, the 4E-FTE, and boasted power figures of 135 bhp (101 kW) @ 6400 rpm which, for the extremely light Starlet, was enough to propel the car from 0-100 km/h in under 7 seconds. At the time, acceleration times like that were only found in expensive coupe's and large cars and thus its' "affordable power" created an instant market for the car.


Simlilar to its predecessor, the GT Turbo, as the Glanza V became available as a used import it spawned a cult of drivers in right hand drive countries such as UK, Malta, Barbados, Jamaica and Ireland. It became popular with young drivers as it was, in most countries, cheap to obtain road tax, insurance and cheap to run, providing a lot of "bang per buck." The performance of the car can also easily be increased by a host of modifications readily available, from cheap, induction kits to all out car rebuilds with massively powerful engines. Some owners have achieved more than double the engine's stock specific power output![1] The popularity of the car is now maintained by clubs that have been set up by enthusiasts and their forums on the web.

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Preceded by
Toyota Starlet GT Turbo
Toyota Glanza V
Succeeded by
Toyota Yaris