Toyota Starlet GT Turbo

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Starlet GT Turbo
ProductionDec 1989 - Dec 1995
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

The Toyota Starlet GT Turbo was based on the 80 series of the Toyota Starlet, and was first introduced in 1990 as a successor to the 70 series' Turbo R. 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.

As other JDM Starlets, the GT Turbo got minor change in January 1992 with new bumpers, and rear combination lamps. The second minor change was given in May 1994, this time with 4 round quad headlights combined with the mesh grille. The tail lights remained the same, but the full length center garnish was replaced by the small ones on each side.

Production of the car ended in December 1995, but the popularity of the car is still maintained by a cult of drivers, mainly as a used import.

Limited Performance Editions

Two limited edition versions of the GT turbo were produced; the GT Limited and the GT Advance, both featured small changes such as different steering wheels and gear shifter knobs, a rear strut bar, ABS (later versions only) and were distinguishable by their "two tone" paint scheme. These models also featured an optional LSD which was available with the C153 transaxle.

Post 1995 Models

In 1996 Toyota released a Turbo Starlet using the same basic engine design with some slight changes. This car was called the Toyota Glanza V and had a more modern look. The Glanza V or "flyer"[1] as it was known in Japan weighed slightly more than the older EP82 models however a redesigned turbo increased performance.

Turbo Charger Versions

  • CT9 (EP82 versions) [2]
  • CT9B (EP91 versions)

Moral Code

  • EP82-AGMQY (5 speed manual)
  • EP82-AGPQY (4 speed automatic)

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Preceded by
Toyota Starlet Turbo S, Turbo R
Toyota Starlet GT Turbo
Succeeded by
Toyota Glanza V