"Skanda Turbo" Toyota Starlet.

11 April 2022

Model Name
Toyota Starlet


The Toyota Starlet is a compact car that gained popularity due to its reasonable price and sporty packaging. It appeared in 1973 and reached the end of production in 1999 with the 5th generation.
The name "Starlet" means "small star".

In addition, the catch phrase is equipped with an engine equipped with the third generation injection.
"Kattobi Starlet" that appealed to the run.
It appealed for its light driving performance such as the "idaten turbo" equipped with a turbo with an intercooler.
("Kattobi" is a Japanese word that expresses tremendous speed, and "idaten" is a Japanese word that expresses godly speed.)


Toyota Starlet

The first Starlet appeared in 1973.
At that time, Toyota Publica's sporty and high-end specification car was sold, so it inherited its name and made its debut as "Publica Starlet". There is a lineup of 2-door coupe and 4-door sedan, and it was widely used in motor sports. There are two types of engines installed, the 2K type 1,000 cc and the 3K type 1,200 cc, which are common to the Publica, and the 1,200 cc has two types, a single cab (68 horsepower) and a twin cab (74 horsepower).
In motor sports, it is widely used in circuit races, rallies, gymkhana, dirt trials, etc., and various competition parts are also commercially available from TRD.


Toyota Starlet

The second-generation Starlet became the "Starlet" in 1978, which integrated the two models of "Paprika" and "Paprika Starlet". It was converted to a hatchback and had 3 and 5 doors.
The drive system uses the same FR as the predecessor, and the engine has been changed to the 4K-U type (72 horsepower), which has increased the displacement of the 3K type of the predecessor model to 1300cc.
The easy-to-use hatchback body and sporty FR package have been well received by users who like sports driving and have gained support as the "Boys racer". Since 1981, when this model was released, Japan's first one-make race, the "Starlet Cup," was also held.("Boys racer" is a popular name for high-performance compact cars.)


Toyota Starlet

In 1984, the FF mainstream era began, and the 3rd generation Starlet was changed to FF in line with the times. In addition, Ri and Turbo R grades for motor sports that simplify comfort equipment and bumper painting are available, and like the second generation, it has become a popular model that has entered a wide range of competitions from circuit races to gymkhana and dirt trials.
The engine is a newly developed 1.3-liter straight-four SOHC 12 valve, and the upper grade is equipped with electronically controlled injection. Later, a model with a turbocharger with an air-cooled intercooler was added.


Toyota Starlet

In the 4th generation in 1989, a collision-safe body was adopted, and all gasoline engines were made DOHC. The "GT" grade 135PS equipped with a turbo unit and the non-turbo "Si" also boast the highest specs of all time, 100PS, and the low price was also bought, so it was widely used in races like the 3rd generation.


Toyota Starlet

In 1996, the 5th generation adopted the collision safety body "GOA", and airbags and ABS became standard equipment. It is a model with a sporty appearance in consideration of safety. They are named "Glanza S", which is a 1.3L gasoline naturally aspirated model, and "Glanza V", which is a turbo model, and only 3 doors are available.

The Vitz appeared in January 1999 and has been continuously produced and sold. With the addition of the 1.3L car to the Vitz, the Starlet, which is equipped with a turbo engine in a lightweight body and made its name as a hot hatch, has been discontinued in this 5th generation.