The Toyota Celica was launched as the first Japanese specialty sports car and has continued ever since to produce a number of famous cars and lavish models. Back in the 1990s, the turbo-charged 4-wheel-drive Celica GT-FOUR grabbed the headlines with its impressive participation in the WRC (World Rally Championship).
But the range also includes a lineup of suitably sporty FF two-wheel drive vehicles, of which the Toyota Celica SS-II is the crowning glory. Equipped with a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder DOHC 3S-GE engine, it is a normally aspirated (NA) version of a GT-FOUR power unit with a 3S-GTE format.
It delivers 177hp and 141.0 lb-ft of torque. Control and stability are superb, producing a faultless drive. The hard drive of the leading model, the Celica GT-FOUR, obviously has its attractions, but if it is a well-balanced drive you are after, the Toyota Celica SS-II is the one for you.