The Toyota Celica has always been one of Toyota’s most fun cars to drive. The Toyota Celica which body style is usually either a 3 door hatchback or at some times in the past a 2 door hard top is usually a car tuning enthusiasts favorite when it comes to Toyota. Not only are there plenty of Celicas on the road, but with a focus buying group being young and single, there are plenty of manufacturers making accessories specially to tune the Celica. The Celica has been around since 1970 and was sold up until 2006. However, there is a lot of chatter going on that a new generation of Celicas may be just around the corner.
For the most part, many tuners will be modifying the seventh generation Celica which were built from 2000 to 2005. These cars came with a choice of two engines- a 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine built for economy and delivering 140 hp and a 1.8 liter 4 cylinder built for speed, offering 191 hp. It should also be noted that some Celicas shipped to Europe came with a third engine- a 1.8 liter delivering 180 hp- but this was for one single model year- 2004.
The body of the Toyota Celica looks sleek and sporty, so it is definitely a great model to work with to add a body kit to. In fact, many tuners find that you can reap some extra aerodynamic benefits from adding on a body kit. There are plenty of body kits to choose from for the Celica and they come in a wide variety of materials and match practically every color for the Celica making it seamless. You can choose between ABS plastic, fiberglass and for those looking to make your vehicle as light as possible you can choose carbon fiber.
Regarding other mods, The Celica is a great vehicle to add an enhanced exhaust. For instance, a dual exhaust is a great choice along with a high performance muffler can easily add 10 hp or more. Performance brakes are another popular modification, especially when matched with high performance rotors which are lightweight and when paired with chrome rims quite sexy. And don’t forget the tires, since this car definitely handles the road well to begin with, you can bump up to high performance tires that have a higher speed rating and grab the road better than the stock tires the vehicle comes with.
For those with the economy model of the Celica, the Celica GT which comes with the 1.8 liter, 4 cylinder that delivers 140 hp, opt for a new engine control unit. This can change the economy settings of your vehicle and add more hp, not to mention a better 0-60 time. All in all, the Celica is definitely worthy of many modifications and this is why it is one of the best vehicles on the market to tune.