Spotted in China: sixth generation Toyota Celica

Published on July 25, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: sixth generation Toyota Celica

Here we have a very fine Japanese sportsmachine, this is the sixth generation Toyota Celica, made from 1993 until 1999. The Toyota Celica was never officially exported to China so how this black racer got here is a mystery. Might be ex-diplomatic, ex-foreign company or smuggled… No matter how, it is good to see it here in the capital Beijing.

Spotted in China: sixth generation Toyota Celica

Note leave in light cluster. The sixth Celica was powered by several 4-cylinder engines, ranging from 1.8 to 2.2 in capacity. Hottest engine was the 2.2-liter 5S-FE that powered the Celica GT-Four / All-Trac, it pooped out a very decent 251hp. This black Celica in Beijing has a GT-Four wing on the back but loox otherwise like a lesser powered model, sadly I couldn’t find out what exactly sat under the bonnet.

Spotted in China: sixth generation Toyota Celica

Look at that hand brake, ready for launch! Exterior and interior were in reasonable condition. Poor Celica hadn’t been cleaned for a while but it was clearly still being used. Everything seemed period including the alloys and radio-cd player.

Spotted in China: sixth generation Toyota Celica

Toyota doesn’t use the Celica name anymore, things ended with the 7th generation that was produced until 2006. For many years there have been rumors of a new Celica but it seems the Subaru-developed Toyota GT-86 has taken the Celica’s place.

Spotted in China: sixth generation Toyota Celica

Toyota doesn’t sell the GT-86 in China at the moment but that might change, to very dusty examples were spotted a while ago in the port city of Tianjin. Toyota does sell the small Zelas coupe in China as an import but it isn’t very popular.

Spotted in China: sixth generation Toyota Celica

Celica was better…


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  1. cjcz92- July 26, 2012 Reply

    Celica was a lot better and the tC was meant to replace it in the American market…really a waste. It was popular with tuners and young girls. Other than that the new one has been the same as has been overshadowed by the 86, which is called FR-S under the Scion badge here. THAT, the 86, shouldve been resurrected with the Celica name!

  2. Marc- August 12, 2012 Reply

    the 2.2L 5S-FE produced 135hp and is only FWD, you’re thinking about the 2.0L Turbo 3S-GTE, which produced 190hp in the 4th generation and 250hp by the 6th generation, and is all wheel drive.

    this one is either the mentioned 135hp 5S-FE or the 110hp 7A-FE

  3. Kei- August 20, 2012 Reply

    That’s not a GT-Four rear wing, the GT-Four rear wing was pretty much the same shape but much taller than this one ­čśë

  4. stephen- September 1, 2012 Reply

    A gt4 used raiser blocks for the spoiler,and had a vented bonnet and different grill on the front bumper,some came with recaros.

  5. stephen- September 1, 2012 Reply

    Hey guys is there any chance i could get my celica to china, Dalian to be specific.Any way at all,just i need my JDM fix.

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