Gen 6 Facts & Figures

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Design proposals for the 6th generation Celica

"The new Celica - the Sixth Generation of Toyota's sports coupe - is faster, more powerful, safer and more spacious than its predecessor. Beneath its distinctive new bodywork (Cd 0.32) it is also lighter but more rigid with improved handling from redesigned MacPherson strut suspension. As usual with Toyota, this is a completely new car and not simply a facelifted version of an existing model. On sale from March 9th 1994, it is priced at £20,617 including VAT." - Toyota GB Press Release.

At launch just the GT was available. The GT-Four arrived a couple of months later and the cabriolet at the end of the year. The ST joined the line up in the summer of 1995.

--silver gt 15:09, 25 June 2007 (BST)


UK cars

  • GT

The new Celica GT was launched with an all new bodyshell and an evolution of the 3S-GE that now produced 171bhp (173PS) and would power the car to 60mph in just 7.9 secs. Standard equipment included ABS, driver's airbag, front fog lamps, side impact beams, electric glass sunroof, electric windows, tinted glass, central locking, 4 speaker stereo, alarm/immobiliser, alloy wheels, electric mirrors and a rear spoiler. Options included air conditioning and a CD player.

  • GT-Four

A Celica GT-Four version was again offered, with permanent 4 wheel drive and a turbocharged 3S-GTE as before. Improvements to the engine and turbo raised the power to 239 bhp (242PS) and the 0-60mph time to 6.3 secs. Standard equipment was the same as the GT with the addition of air conditioning.

  • Cabriolet
    1996 Cabriolet

For 1995 a soft top version was added to the range. Based on the GT it used the rear panels from the Curren (JDM Celica with a boot). It was a little heavier than the GT and the performance suffered as a result. Fitted with an electric hood, it had the same equipment as the GT but with leather seats as standard, but no air conditioning option.

  • GT - facelift

Late in 1995 the GT got a facelift. Externally the nose cone was redesigned, a small spoiler was added to the rear edge of the bonnet, a new 3 post spoiler was fitted to the rear, a 3rd brake light was mounted on the tailgate and side skirts were added. On the inside twin airbags were standard and leather seats were now an option.

In 1996 the door mirrors gained heated glass, in 1997 leather ceased to be an option, and in 1998 locking wheel nuts and a 6 speaker system was added.

  • Cabriolet - facelift

The facelifted cabriolet had the same changes as the GT except for the heated mirrors, retained the leather seats as standard and finally had air conditioning as an option.

  • ST

The ST was launched onto the UK market in July 1995, Its 1.8 litre 7A-FE engine was good for 124 Mph and had a 0-60 of 10 secs, best part was it could return over 48 MPG. To save money it had steel wheels and the rear spoiler and side skirts were left off. Alloys and the spoiler were available as options but they cost extra.

  • 25th Anniversary Limited Edition
    25th Anniversary Limited Edition

To celebrate 25 years of the Celica in the UK, in 1997 Toyota GB offered a limited edition. Based on the 1.8 ST, just 250 were made, 125 in black and 125 in silver. The spec was as per the GT but with special alloy wheels, air conditioning as standard, a carbon fibre effect front console, a Sony CD player and a 25th Anniversary plaque with a unique serial number.

  • SR

Following the success of the 25th Anniversary Limited Edition, Toyota GB followed up in 1998 with the SR. Again based on the ST, this time 250 were made in silver and 250 in black. No serial number plaque or carbon fibre effect for the SR but 16" Momo sports alloys and a stainless steel mesh grill made the car look special.

JDM cars

  • Import models - SS-I, SS-II, SS-III, GT-Four, Cabriolet

At launch there were two models available, the SS-I with the 3S-FE engine, with 4WS as an option, and the SS-II with the higher output 3S-GE engine. The engines, both twincam, were given different cams depending on whether auto or manual gearboxes were fitted. Super-Strut suspension with a viscous coupling LSD, and Traction Control were options on the SS-II. ABS was available on all models with Sports ABS fitted to Super Strut cars.

Options available from the dealers included gearknobs and gold alloy wheels from TOM'S, side skirts, roof spoiler, sunroof wind deflector, competition-style pedals, various sound systems, and wooden dash trim!

Later in 1994 the GT-Four and Cabriolet were added to the range.

In August 1995, the SS-III was added into the line up. The 1996 Celica received optional side skirts to improve its aerodynamic efficiency, as well as a redesigned rear spoiler. Also available were optional driving lights in the redesigned grille area. To celebrate 25 years of Celica, SS-I and SS-III Special Editions were released.

Minor changes in December 1997. Projector headlights are optional for all models. The SS-III was given a BEAMS Tuned VVT-i 3S-GE engine. WRC style high rear spoiler returned on the GT-Four and also standard on the SS-III.

  • USA Models

The Gen 6 line up for the USA consisted of two engine options, a GT with a 135 bhp 2.2 litre 5S-FE, and an ST with a 105bhp 1.8 litre 7A-FE. Both ST and GT were sold as Auto's or manual's, body option were Coupe (with a boot lid), Liftback, (as UK) and a cabriolet.

Toyota Celica 1.8SR
Toyota Curren (booted Celica), sold in Japan only
WRC Celica GT-Four
  • UK production dates

ST 01/05/1995 to 31/10/1999
GT 09/03/1994 to 31/10/1999
GT-Four 01/05/1994 to 31/07/1996
25th LTD /01/1997 to /08/1998
SR /08/1998 to /10/1999

Weights and Measures

  • Dimensions

Length 4425 mm or 174"

Width 1725 mm or 67.9", mirror to mirror

Height 1305 mm or 51"

Facelift 1995-on Width 1750mm

Jap Spec

10 mm longer

25 mm wider, don't ask why?

  • UK kerb weights

ST............................1170 Kgs

GT............................1220 kgs

GT4...........................1440 Kgs

Cabriolet....................1295 Kgs

  • Fluids

UK fuel tank capacity

ST and GT.......60 litres or 13.2 Gallons

GT-Four.........68 Litres or 15.0 Gallons

All UK gen6 have Cats and run on Unleaded petrol.

Engine oil capacity, UK vehicles (refill )

ST, SR, LTD....... 3.7 Litres

GT, GT-Four..........4.5 Litres

Recommended oil grade depends on air temperature, but they don't make it easy!

For below 5C - 5W-30

For above 0C - 10W-30

So with typical UK temperatures of -10 to +30C, you need to keep changing the oil with the weather!

In reality, in the south 10W-30 is about right, with 5W-30 more suitable for those at the north end of the island.

Wheels and Tyres

model wheel size offset tyre size
ST 14 x 6 195/65R14
LTD 195/65R14
SR 16 x 7 45 205/50VR16
GT 15 x 7 45 205/55VR15
Cabriolet 15 x 7 45 205/55VR15
GT-Four 16 x 7.5 45 215/50WR16
SS-I 14x6 195/65R14
SS-II 15x6.5 205/55VR15
SS-III 15x7 205/55VR15

PCD for the 5 stud celica range is 5 X 100mm.

  • Tyre Pressures

1.8 7A-FE

195/65/14 = 30 to 35 psi front and rear

205/55/15 = 34 to 36 psi front and rear

2.0 3S-GE

205/55/15 = 34 to 46 psi front and rear

More data on UK

ST/SR/LTD Model code AT200, engine 7A-FE,

Air filter pipe work size is 63mm

GT Model Code ST202, engine 3S-GE,

Air filter pipe work size is 70mm

UK cars had tinted glass all round. Initially a blue tint, it was changed to green for the facelift.

  • Insurance Groups

ST & LTD, group 12

SR, group 13

GT, group 15

Cabriolet, group 16

GT-Four, group 17


model engine gearbox 0-60mph max speed
GT 3S-GE manual 7.9 137
ST, LTD, SR 7A-FE manual 10 124
GT-Four (UK) 3S-GTE manual 6.3 152
Cabriolet (UK) 3S-GE manual 8.5 134
SS-I 3S-FE manual 8.5
SS-I 3S-FE auto
SS-II, SS-III 3S-GE manual 7.5
SS-II, SS-III 3S-GE auto
GT-Four (JDM) 3S-GTE manual 6.1 153
Cabriolet (JDM) 3S-GE manual
Cabriolet (JDM) 3S-GE auto


old system ST GT Cabrio GT-Four
Urban Cycle 31.7 28.0 28.0 22.2
Constant 56 mph 48.7 45.6 45.6 34.9
Constant 75 mph 38.2 34.4 34.4 28.8
new system
Urban Cycle 26.6 23.0 23.0 n/a
Extra Urban 44.1 38.7 38.7 n/a
Combined 35.8 31.0 31.0 n/a


3S-GE in a 1998 GT
7A-FE in an ST

All of the engines used in the gen6 are transverse mounted, 4 cylinder, 5 bearing crankshaft, aluminium alloy head, DOHC, 16 valve, EFI, petrol. Power output ranges from 114bhp to 248bhp.

  • 3S-GE 2.0 litre (Revision 3). Fitted to the GT, SS-II & SS-III.

1998cc. 10.3:1 compression ratio.

As fitted in UK GT and Cabriolet 1994 - 171 bhp (173PS) @ 7000 rpm, 137 lbft @ 4800 rpm.

As fitted in UK GT and Cabriolet 1996 - 168 bhp (170PS) @ 7000 rpm, 137 lbft @ 4800 rpm.

As fitted in JDM SS-II, SS-III and Cabriolet(manual/auto) - 175/168 bhp (177/170PS) @ 7000 rpm, 141 lbft @ 4800 rpm.

  • 3S-GTE 2.0 litre, Turbocharged. Fitted to the GT-Four.

1998cc. 8.5:1 compression ratio. Twin entry turbo.

As fitted in UK GT-Four - 239 bhp (242PS) @ 6000 rpm, 223 lbft @ 4000 rpm.

As fitted in JDM GT-Four - 248 bhp (251PS) @ 6000 rpm, 223 lbft @ 4000 rpm.

  • 3S-FE 2.0 litre. Fitted to the SS-I.

1998cc. 9.5:1 compression ratio.

As fitted in JDM SS-I - 136 bhp (138PS) @ 6000 rpm, 137 lbft @ 4400 rpm.

  • 7A-FE 1.8 litre. Fitted to the ST, Ltd & SR.

1762cc. 9.5:1 compression ratio.

As fitted in UK ST, LTD and SR - 114 bhp (116PS) @ 5800 rpm, 114 lbft @ 4800 rpm.

  • BEAMS 3S-GE Red Top 2.0 litre, VVT-i. Fitted to a few SS-IIs and SS-IIIs.

1998cc. 11:1 compression ratio.

As fitted in JDM SS-II and SS-III - 197 bhp (200PS) @ 7000 rpm, 151 lbft @ 6000 rpm.

Conversion from BHP to PS (as used in Japan)

PS x 0.98632 = BHP


The Gen 6 uses several different gearboxes in its front wheel drive models, this is a list taken from the Toyota workshop manual.


S54........5S-FE, 3S-FE, 3S-GE

E56........also 3S-GE.

A140E....Automatic gearbox as fitted to 5S-FE and 3S-FE

  • Automatic Gearbox Operation

On the gear lever you get an O/D button (a light should also come up on the dash), this is your extra gear, it's like an electronic 4th gear. If you need more power and revs to overtake, flick the switch and kick it down and go like the wind.
The ECT switch on the console gives the gearbox two driving styles, one is for fast enthusiastic driving, the other for economical driving (or winter driving).
In NORMAL setting the gearbox will change up gear a little slower and in Power mode, it will kick down right up to the red line if you keep your foot to the floor.
For everyday driving keep the ECT switch set to NORMAL and the O/D switch left on.
Last thought for you, the red button on the console in japanese, just lets you take the vehicle out of park, when the keys are out of the ignition.


C52 S54 E56 A140E
Reverse 3.250 3.153 3.583 2.296
1st 3.166 3.285 3.538 2.810
2nd 1.904 1.960 2.045 1.549
3rd 1.310 1.322 1.333 1.000
4th 0.969 1.028 1.028 0.706
5th 0.815 0.820 0.820 N/A

VIN plates, Engine, chassis, paint codes etc.

What it all means

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plate. Every car's got one, it's covered in gobbledegook, what does it all mean? Read on.

UK VIN plate - 1998 GT
JDM VIN plate - 1997 SS-III auto

We're only interested in 3 sections, the VIN, the Model Code and the colour/trim/axle/trans codes.

  • The VIN. The Vehicle Identification Number, which was adopted worldwide in the '80s, replaced the old chassis/frame number. It is the unique number that the authorities use to identify every vehicle.

The first character is the country of origin, J for Japan.

The second character is the manufacturer, T for Toyota.

The last seven numbers are the serial number.

JDM VINs. For Japanese domestic market cars, i.e. cars not intended for sale outside of Japan, Toyota don't bother with a full international VIN. They use a chassis/frame number that consists of the chassis code and a serial number.

  • Model Code. The second line from the bottom is the model code. This is split into three parts for JDM cars and 2 parts for export (UK) cars.

1st part (JDM only) This is a code for which emissions regulations the car conforms to in Japan. Usually E.

Middle part (1st part on UK cars) This starts with one or two characters denoting the engine series.

Next is the chassis code. All RWD Celicas are A and FWD Celicas are T, which is then followed by a series number.

Gen1=A2, gen2=A4, gen3=A6, gen4=T16, gen5=T18, gen6=T20, gen7=T23

A further number indicates minor chassis differences.

A final character is used to denote LHD, RHD or Convertible (export only), or Widebody (H) (JDM only).

Examples A UK delivered gen6 Celica ST has the 7A-FE engine, the T20 chassis and is RHD, so the code is AT200R.

A JDM gen6 Celica SS-I with 4WS has the 3S-FE engine, and the T20 chassis, so the code is ST203

Last part contains 5 or 6 letters.

1) Model type, where the chassis is used for more than one model. All Celicas are B.

2) Body style. C=Coupe. L=Liftback. K=Convertible.

3) Transmission. M=5 speed floor mounted manual. P=4 speed floor mounted automatic.

4) Trim level. S=Sports, normal performance. G=Higher grade. V=Luxury sports. Z=High performance.

5) Engine code. Z=Twincam (high performance), EFI, Turbo. F=Twincam, EFI (high performance). K=Twincam, EFI (economy).

6) Export destination (blank on JDM cars). W=Europe.

  • Colour/Trim/Axle/Transmission

4 codes for the; exterior paint, interior trim, axle & gearbox.

To be continued ...


  • UK Model codes
Cabriolet ST202R-BKMGFW

  • JDM Model Codes
SS-I Manual E-ST202-BLMGK
Automatic E-ST202-BLPGK
SS-I 4WS Manual E-ST203-BLMGK
Automatic E-ST203-BLPGK
SS-II Manual E-ST202-BLMVF
Automatic E-ST202-BLPVF
Automatic E-ST202-BLPZF
Cabriolet Automatic E-ST202C-BKPVF
GT-Four Manual E-ST205-BLMVZ

  • Colours and code numbers - UK models
Colour Code GT ST GT-Four Cabriolet 25th LTD/SR
Pure White 040 x x x
Astral Black 202 x x x x x
Rosso 3L2 x x x x
Storm Blue (met) 752 x x
Lucerne Silver (met) 199 x x x x x
Aquamarine (met) 746 x
Tropicana (met) 756 x x
Azure (met) 8K9 x x
Purple Royale (met) 933 x x
Cinnabar (pearl) 3K6 x x

  • Celica JDM colours

From 1993

Graish Turquoise (mica) 753
Black 202
Super Red 4 3L2
Silver (met) 199
Deep Teal (met) 752
Super Bright Yellow 576

From 1996

Super White 040
Black 202
Super Red 4 3L2
Silver (met) 199
Dark Blue Gray (met) 183
Dark Green (mica) 6M1

Other info

  • How to tell the difference between the SS import models

With the bonnet open, An SS-I will have 2.0 16V VALVE on the top of the rocker cover, and the toyota name and logo on the inlet manifold.

Second check, look at the chassis plate at the back of the engine bay, under the section MODEL it should read E-ST202-BLMGK, or if an automatic E-ST202-BLPGK.

If its an SS-II, the inlet manifold at the back/top of the engine should read 2000 TWINCAM 16.

Two possible model numbers on the chassis plate, if it's a manual gearbox it should read....E-ST202-BLMVF or if an automatic...E-ST202-BLPVF.

If this all seems a bit complicated, that's the down side of an import, no dealer will ever give you this sort of information, because it could affect their profit.

  • Some data on the BEAMS vvti engine
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    3S-GE VVT-i BEAMS Red Top

  • Suspension

The Gen 6 had two types of suspension fitted , standard and Super Strut, below is a photo of a front super strut shock absorbers.

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And this is the standard shock absorbers.

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Super strut suspension....this is a section taken from the Toyota workshop manual,

"The super strut suspension has greater geometric freedom than the double wishbone type, and thus exerts less camber fluctuation against the ground"

  • Gen 6 USA repair manual in PDF

To Gen 6 Maintenance menu

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