ST205: The Pinnacle

Released in 1994, the ST205 was Toyota’s latest road going version of its rally powerhouse. Based on the newest Celica platform it is again quite a visual evolution on previous models. Gone were the pop-up lights in favour of the affectionately termed “bug-eyed” fixed four headlight configuration and featured the 3rd generation 3S-GTE powerplant. Rated out of the box at 245hp it had a larger and more efficient CT20b turbo, an all-new ECU, better fuelling and a return to the water-to-air intercooler setup. Suspension and braking were also updated and the ST205 came from the factory on 16” alloys. A special WRC model was also available in the ST205 variant and 2500 of these models were produced, again to satisfy FIA rules. A facelift which contained some minor exterior changes came in 1997 and production ceased in 1999. Actual or approximate production numbers of the ST205 appear to be difficult to source.

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ST205: The Pinnacle

The Celica GT-Four ST205 was launched for the Japanese market in February 1994, and for the Australian, European, and British markets in the mid-year.

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ST185: THE EVOLUTION

In September 1989, the ST185 was released based on the 5th generation Celica body shape. While the pop-up lights were retained, the boxy shape of the ST165 had evolved to a smooth, curved style and available in both a wide body & narrow body variation. The ST185 received the updated 2nd generation 3S-GTE engine giving a significant improvement on its predecessor, mostly from the new twin-entry CT26 turbo and air-to-air intercooler setup. The ST185 benefitted too from FIA regulations that required 5000 road going models to allow a car to be used in the WRC with the GT-Four RC, a wide body water-to-air intercooled version with a bonnet vent instead of a scoop & a different front bumper along with other rally goodies including a shorter ratio gearbox. The ST185 was facelifted in during the last months of 1991 and between October 1989 & August 1993 approximately 26,000 ST185’s (including RC’s) were thought to have been produced.

ST185: THE EVOLUTION

In September 1989, the ST185 was released based on the 5th generation Celica body shape. While the pop-up lights were retained, the boxy shape of the ST165 had evolved to a smooth, curved style and available in both a wide body & narrow body variation. The ST185 received the updated 2nd generation 3S-GTE engine giving a significant improvement on its predecessor, mostly from the new twin-entry CT26 turbo and air-to-air intercooler setup. The ST185 benefitted too from FIA regulations that required 5000 road going models to allow a car to be used in the WRC with the GT-Four RC, a wide body water-to-air intercooled version with a bonnet vent instead of a scoop & a different front bumper along with other rally goodies including a shorter ratio gearbox. The ST185 was facelifted in during the last months of 1991 and between October 1989 & August 1993 approximately 26,000 ST185’s (including RC’s) were thought to have been produced.

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ST165: THE BEGINNING

Released in October 1986, and based on the 4th generation Celica, the ST165 was the first road-going version of Toyota’s 4WD WRC car and the start of a road-going revolution. Powered by the 1st generation 3S-GTE, it was at the time Japan’s most powerful 2L engine and was based heavily on the rally version with a water-to-air intercooler and fulltime all-wheel drive. After an initial run of 1500 units, the ST165 was given a facelift in August 1987 and now came with a boost gauge, better brakes and gearbox oil cooler as well as some cosmetic changes. Approximately 26,500 ST165’s were thought to have been produced between October 1986 & September 1989.

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ST165: THE BEGINNING

Released in October 1986, and based on the 4th generation Celica, the ST165 was the first road-going version of Toyota’s 4WD WRC car and the start of a road-going revolution. Powered by the 1st generation 3S-GTE, it was at the time Japan’s most powerful 2L engine and was based heavily on the rally version with a water-to-air intercooler and fulltime all-wheel drive. After an initial run of 1500 units, the ST165 was given a facelift in August 1987 and now came with a boost gauge, better brakes and gearbox oil cooler as well as some cosmetic changes. Approximately 26,500 ST165’s were thought to have been produced between October 1986 & September 1989.

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