1994 Toyota Celica GT-Four is an alternative to the Toyota Supra
Fourth-generation Toyota Supras are all the rage right now and the best, lowest-mileage turbocharged examples command prices over $100,000. But what if you could buy an even rarer Toyota sport coupe with Supra-esque looks, a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and genuine rally-car homologation pedigree at a lesser price? Fortunately for you, there's the Toyota Celica GT-Four.
Never heard of it? You can be forgiven as the ST205-series GT-Four was never sold in the U.S. But some 2,500 GT-Four WRC homologation specials were built for the 1994 model year in order to legalize the car for Group A competition in the World Rally Championship. With an overall profile shared with the sixth-generation Celica, the GT-Four was the most potent Celica yet built, with 252 horsepower on tap from a 3S-GTE 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. This was the same basic engine used in the period MR2 Turbo, with some modifications that included a water-cooled intercooler, water injection, and an anti-lag setup for the CT20B twin-entry turbo. A close-ratio, five-speed manual transmission channeled that power to all four wheels, giving the GT-Four the grip it needed to put that power down on slippery international WRC rally stages. And that it did, a competition version winning the 1995 Tour de Corse before being banned from the WRC due to illegal turbo restrictors. Nevertheless, the GT-Four did go on to win the 1996 European Rally Championship.