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Seventh generation / T230 series (1999–2006)

Seventh generation
Toyota Celica GT (ZZT230, U.S.)
Production July 1999 – April 2006
Assembly SusonoShizuoka, Japan (Higashi-Fuji plant)[14]
Designer Alan R. Schneider, Yasuhiko Mizuhata, Hiroyuki Metsugi (1997)[15]
Body and chassis
Body style 3-door liftback
Layout FF layout
Platform T230
Related Toyota Corolla
Toyota Matrix
Engine 1.8 L 1ZZ-FE I4
1.8 L 2ZZ-GE I4
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
6-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,600 mm (102.4 in)
Length 4,335 mm (170.7 in)
Width 1,735 mm (68.3 in)
Height 1,310 mm (51.4 in)
Curb weight 1,202 kg (2,650 lb)

In late 1999, Toyota began production and sales of the seventh-generation Celica. It closely resembled the XYR concept with the exception of the front bumper and rear spoiler, while omitting the previously available coupe bodystyle. The 2000 model year Celica was an element of Toyota Project Genesis, an effort to bring younger buyers to the marque in the United States. Toyota took time to lighten the car and lower cost wherever possible. Power window and door lock controls were placed in the center console so only 1 set was necessary for both doors. Initial sunroofs were made of polymer plastic instead of the traditional glass. This generation was assembled by Kanto Auto Works at its Higashi-Fuji plant in Susono, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

Toyota Celica SS-I (ZZT230, Japan)

The Celica came in two different models. The ZZT230 was powered by a relatively economical 1.8 L 4-cylinder 140 hp (104 kW)1ZZ-FE engine and the ZZT231 powered by a higher-performance 1.8 L 4-cylinder 192 hp (143 kW) (in Europe and Japan) 2ZZ-GE version, co-developed with Yamaha, the latter featuring a two-step variable valve lift control in conjunction with its variable valve timing. In 2004, CNNMoney.com rated the Celica as one of the best cars to purchase for fuel economy.[16]

Exporting of the Celica ceased in July 2005. However until mid-May, customers could still order one, although it was advised they took action before that time ended.

The last Celica was rolled off production line on April 21, 2006. In its last year, the Celica was only officially sold in Japan.

North America

In the US and Canada, two models were offered; the base model GT and the higher performance GT-S. All models are in liftback only body shape. All models featured dual front airbags, daytime running lights (DRL) with auto-on parking and headlights, and 4 cup holders; two in the front and two in the rear. Power door lock and power window switches were mounted on the center console to reduce costs. Rear seats were contoured for only 2 passengers and can split down 50/50 to increase cargo capacity. Two-speed front wipers had variable intermittent adjustment. The rear wiper had a single speed and fixed intermittent speed. Windshield and rear window washers were also standard. In the interest of light weight, optional sunroof was made of polymer plastics instead of glass. In later models, the sunroof was made of glass, probably for cost reasons. Other options include ABS, rear spoiler, fog lights, HID low beam headlights, upgraded JBL stereo system, 6-disc CD changer, leather seat surfaces, side-impact airbags, floor mats, vehicle intrusion protection (VIP) alarms with door lock/unlock feature, cargo net, cold area package (heavy-duty battery and starter motor)[17] and hatchback cargo cover.

The GT was powered by the 1ZZ-FE rated at 140 bhp (104 kW; 142 PS) at 6400 rpm and 125 lb·ft (169 N·m) of torque at 4200 rpm. It uses Toyota’s VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) system which modulated the intake cam phase angle to increase torque and horsepower throughout the rev range. This is a similar engine used on the Matrix, Corolla, and MR2 Spyder. Buyers had the option of between a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmissions. The GT has standard front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, 195/60/15 with standard wheel covers or optional alloy wheels.

The GT-S was powered by the 2ZZ-GE engine rated at 180 bhp (134 kW; 182 PS) at 7600 rpm and 133 lb·ft (180 N·m) torque at 6800 rpm. The engine featured Toyota’s VVTL-i (Variable Valve Timing and Lift control with intelligence). A second stage valve lift control for intake was added to the variable intake cam phase timing. Variants of this engine were offered in the Matrix XRS, Corolla XRS and the Lotus Elise (with a Lotus ECU which added 10 bhp). Buyers had the option of a 4-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmissions. The base tire size was 205/55/15 but the optional size offered was 205/50/16. The tire upgrade was merelyUS$42 so most GT-S models had the optional wheels and tires. All GT-S models had 4-wheel disc brakes and metal pedals. Manual transmission shifters and all steering wheels were upgraded to leather. Liftback cargo covers were standard along with fog lights for models without the "Action Package".

TRD USA offered performance upgrades such as lowering springs, dampers, anti-sway bars, brake disc pads, air filters, exhaust, short-shift kits (manual transmissions), and body kits. The exhaust offered an increase of 14 hp (10 kW), albeit mostly at higher rpm’s. A supercharger was also offered for the 1ZZ-FE engine however Toyota never marketed it directly for the Celica GT due to being too large to fit under the hood, The supercharger was available as an option for 2003–2004 Corolla and Matrix models. The most popular among buyers were the “Action Package” which offered a more pronounced front spoiler, rocker panels, a rear wing, and lower rear fascia extension. The revised front faring interfered with the mounting location for the standard factory fog lights, requiring them to be adjusted or removed when this option was added.

On the 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004 GT-S models, the rev limiter is set to around 8200–8300 rpm (seems to differ vehicle-to-vehicle) while the 2002 and 2005 have it set to 7800 (left-hand drive markets only). This lower limiter on the 2002 and 2005 models reduces the available performance as the 2ZZ is primarily a high-revving engine, and it is more difficult for the driver to land in the 'lift' (aggressive cam) rev range on an upshift. This only affects the 6-speed manual transmission as the gearing is spaced to where shifting up at approximately 8,250 rpms in any gear other than first gear will result in about 6,200 rpm after the shift, which is where "lift", or the aggressive cam, engages. This allows models without the limited rpm range to remain within the car's power band throughout the gears. First gear is excluded because the gearing ratio is much lower than 2nd gear.[citation needed] For 2003, minor updates were made to the car. The interior was mildly restyled, power antenna replaced the fixed one, the front and rear fascias were redone. In 2004, all models were fitted with a cabin air filter.

In July 2004, Toyota announced the Celica (as well as the MR2) would be discontinued in the United States at the end of the 2005 model year due to lack of sales.[18] Celica sales hit 52,406 units in 2000, but dropped sharply to 14,856 in 2003. Just 8,710 Celicas were sold in 2004, and only 3,113 were sold in 2005. The sports coupe market, in general, was rapidly shrinking, due in part to the 1997 Asian financial crisisand the effects of the collapse of the Japanese asset price bubble, also known in Japan as the "bubble economy". The Subaru XT6Nissan 240SXHonda Prelude and Mazda RX-7 were already gone and the Acura RSX was soon to follow.


The facelift model Toyota Celica SS-I (ZZT230, Japan)

The Japanese models continued to carry SS-I and SS-II trim levels. The SS-I is powered by 1ZZ-FE engine, SS-II is motored by 2ZZ-GE engine. The SS-II also can be ordered with Super Strut Package with super strut suspension, rear strut bar, 16-inch alloys, metal pedals, and colored rocker panels. The SS-II has climate control AC with digital display. Options included the choice of the Elegant Sports Version with front lip spoiler and headlight covers, or the Mechanical Sports Version with full body kits. The Japanese market Celica was updated with minor changes in August 2002.

Toyota also released a limited-production version of the 7th generation called the TRD Sports M based on the SS-II. This version was rated at 200 hp (149 kW) and featured a reinforced unibody and available TRD engine and suspension components. The Sports M was only sold in Japan. The reduction of engine displacement reflected a drop off in sales to Japanese customers due to the annual road tax liability of previous generations.

7th Generation Models as of 2002
Chassis CodeModel(s)DrivetrainEnginePowerTorqueMarketsPrice (¥1000)
ZZT230 SS-I FWD MT 1ZZ-FE 145 PS (107 kW; 143 hp) @ 6400 rpm 170.64 N·m (125.86 lb·ft) @ 4200 rpm JPN 1730 (US$14,400)
ZZT231 SS-II FWD MT 2ZZ-GE 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) @ 7600 rpm 180.44 N·m (133.09 lb·ft) @ 6800 rpm JPN 2020 (US$16,800)
ZZT231 SS-II Super Strut Package FWD MT 2ZZ-GE 190 PS (140 kW; 187 hp) @ 7600 rpm 180.44 N·m (133.09 lb·ft) @ 6800 rpm JPN 2250 (US$18,700)


Toyota Celica 1.8 VVTL-i GT (ZZT231, UK)

All the European models have the 6-speed manual transmission, and was just marketed as 1.8 VVT-i and 1.8 VVTL-i 190 or T-Sport, which are the GT and GT-S, respectively. Premium and Style Packages were offered for the 1.8 VVT-i model.

In 2005, Toyota GB released the Celica GT. This is not the same as the GT in North America. The British GT is actually the T-Sport with a different bodykit, different alloy wheels, 30 mm lowered suspension and part leather part alcantara interior.

7th Generation Models as of 2006, pricing for UK market
Chassis CodeModel(s)DrivetrainEnginePowerTorqueMarketsPrice
ZZT230 1.8 VVTi FWD MT 1ZZ-FE 142 PS (104 kW; 140 hp) @ 7600 rpm 173 N·m (128 lb·ft) @ 4200 rpm UK, EUR £16,670 (US$32,824)
ZZT231 1.8 VVTLi T Sport FWD MT 2ZZ-GE 191 PS (140 kW; 188 hp) @ 8250 rpm 180.44 N·m (133.09 lb·ft) @ 6800 rpm UK, EUR £21,195 (US$41,711)
ZZT231 1.8 VVTLi GT FWD MT 2ZZ-GE 191 PS (140 kW; 188 hp) @ 8250 rpm 180.44 N·m (133.09 lb·ft) @ 6800 rpm UK £22,640 (US$44,560)

Asia Pacific

Toyota Celica 1.8 VVTL-i ZR (ZZT231, Australia)

In Australia and New Zealand, the Celica was only offered with 2ZZ-GE engine in two trim levels, SX and ZR. The SX was fitted with 15-inch alloy wheels, CD player, electric windows and mirrors. The ZR has standard ABS, moonroof, SRS side and front airbags, fog lights, 16-inch alloy wheels, 6 stack in dash CD player with cassette, and aluminum pedals. All models have front and rear disc brakes. Optional extras was the 4-speed tiptronic (Automatic), air conditioning, and metallic paint. Satellite Navigation became available mid-2002 as an option. Sportivo body kits (which is the same as Mechanical Sports Version in Japan, or Action Package in the US) are available.

Although not officially imported by Toyota, there were many Japanese market models sold in Singapore and Indonesia. In Thailand and Hong Kong, the Celica was offered in one trim level similar to the Australian ZR with the 2ZZ-GE engine.

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