This webpage is all about my newest car which I just got in late November 2004. I got the Celica because its awesome. I loved the cool & edgy styling it has which sets it apart from the other 'regular' boring looking sports compact cars out there. And above all its a Toyota.
I always liked the Celica. I remember always wanting to own an All-Trac or GT-4. I loved the latest Celica ever since it came out, I remember the very day I was reading Road & Track Magazine when the all-new celica came out in 2000 and drooling all over the pages. Now, I finally get to own one. I chose this perticular model & trim because it had a very unique color (new Thunder Cloud Silver) & unique trim (Suede, kit, etc) that sets it apart from most other Celicas GT-S out there. Here you'll find info and project pics of my new baby. Keep checking back often for updates.
My 2004 Celica GT-S Tsunami Edition
The Tsunami Edition is a special "Canadian" version introduced in 2004 that was only available right up until the great Tsunami disaster in Asia. Since then Toyota dropped the name and switched to "Toyota Sports Package". So I have one of the few 'rare' Tsunami Editions. I also got the all-new ThunderCloud Silver which was new for '04.
Tsunami Edition Info:
The Tsunami Edition is the top-of-the-line GT-S with the following added:
Panasonic 200 Watt CD/MP3 6-speaker Sound System /w detachable face & remote
Ultra Suede Red Racing Seats / black suede rear seats
Red Leather Shift knob & Steering wheel
Red Suede Door Inserts
Race Aluminum Pedals
TRD Sports M / C-ONE Style Spoiler
Front, rear and sideskirt package
4" Exhaust Tip
Gunmetal GT-S Wheels
Red trimmed Leather Owner's Manual Wallet
Red trimmed floormats
Additional Options Added: Keyless Entry & Factory Alarm System Anti-theft wheel locks. 4 yr/100,000km bumper-to-bumper ECP.
Brief 7th GEN Celica History:
Production Years: 2000 to 2005 (refreshned/updated in 2003). After 2005, no more Celica. :(
Special Release Editions:
2002 Panasonic Edition
2003 TRD Edition
2004/05 Tsunami Edition (Sports Action Package)
THE ULTIMATE FACTORY CELICA: TRD Sports M model in Japan which has a 1.8L TRD 13.5 Compression 200HP Engine!
U.S. Version: The main difference between the U.S. version 'Sports Action Package' & Canadian 'Sports Package' (formerly 'Tsunami Edition') is:
Canadian Version has:
Ultra Suede Seats & door trim
Panasonic Detachable Face 200W Sound System
Leather wrap colored shift knob & Steering wheel
No HID option, no color-keyed headlights
H.I.D. Headlights as option (lucky!)
Colored-keyed Headlights standard (unlucky!)
Slightly raised hood scoop
Advantage: You get a way nicer interior with the Canadian Version and no nasty color-keyed headlights :)
Performance Overview / History:
The Engine in the Toyota Celica GT-S was co-developed with YAMAHA Japan, which is the reason why its a high revving engine. Toyota wanted to beat the Honda/Acura's Integra GS-R in every category, so it designed the GT-S with that car as its main target. But in doing so also created a car very comparable car to the Integra Type-R. The direct answer to the Type-R was the Celica TRD Sports M model, but it was only available in Japan.
The GT-S has 100hp/liter output, powered by a 1.8L VVTL-i 180HP DOHC 16V Engine (Code:2ZZ-GE) & 6-speed Manual. Like the Type-R, it has a very high 11.5 Compression Ratio and actually weighs 100lbs less! At 6200rpm, the high cams kick in and pulls the car hard and long to 8600rpm (with raised fuel cut mod). I've always loved the rush of VTEC kicking in on cars such as the Type-R, Prelude, GSR & Del Sol. The VVTL-i switch point on the GT-S is amazing and kicks in hard and way more then the i-VTEC RSX Type-S (as stated by drivers on ClubRSX.com). The only thing is the VVTL-i kicks in late at 6200rpm, whereas on the Type-R VTEC arrives at 5500rpm, so its more useable daily driving. I gotta find a way to change my engagement point!
The only thing holding back the full performance potential of the car is lack of 'performance' aftermarket support, stock LSD (but thank god you can get the TRD LSD), expensive new purchase price and complicated ECU/VVTL-i system. But given time and now that its a collectors model (discontinued after '05), I'm sure it will become a classic. Dress in the special editions "Tsunami" or "Action Sports Package" it gives one a feeling of driving something more unique/special then the regular GT-S. As you can tell, I'm definately loving this car to death. :)
VVTL-i, what is it?
VVTL-i is a very advance valvetrain system. It is an extra cam that comes into play at high rpms, so basically the car has a low & high cam built into 1. Variable Valve Timing and Variable Valve Lift Control, is controlled by the ECU which tells it when to engage. It's pretty much Toyota's version of i-VTEC found on Hondas & Acuras. What I like the most is that you can really FEEL the VVTL-i kick in. My plan right now is to raise HP to the 200HP mark NA and then do force-induction later.
CURRENT MODS: PIAA Xtreme White Lights, clear sidemarkers, PIAA Xtreme White headlights/fogs/signals, S2000 Antenna, TRD Japan drop-in sports air filter, 18X8 ENKEI RPM2, Falken ZE-512 P225/40 Tires, Tokico HP Series Shocks, TEIN S.Tech Lowering Springs.
TPR CAI Intake
Carbon Fiber raised hood scoop and carbon fiber hood
DVD Player & Subwoofer
Greddy EVO Catback & Header
NEW UPDATED PICS COMING SOON!
PIAA Xtreme Whites bulbs everywhere:
TRD Sports M Style Rear Spoiler
Red 3D-Style Tail lights:
SOME SLIGHTLY OLDER PICS:
Other crappy night shots:
Daytime: (Taken in Stanley Park)
Gunmetal GT-S Wheels
More info/pics coming soon...
PAGE 2:...My Picture Collection of Awesome Celicas.
PAGE 3:... F.I. Bolt-ons for the GT-S.
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