NEW CELICA 190 – THE WORLD’S MOST HIGH TECH ENGINE FOR UNDER £21,000

What distinguishes the new Celica 190 from its stable mate is not immediately obvious for it lives under the bonnet, or under the driver’s right foot to be exact. Still a 1.8-litre, four cylinder engine – although technically it has an extra two cc – the Celica 190 is one of a very rare breed of cars that has over 100hp per litre.

Unlike the smug folk in the Honda ads who boast about their Accord having seventy-something horse power per litre, the Celica 190, with 106.7hp/litre is up there with the likes of the McLaren F1 (103.3hp/litre), the BMW M3 (106hp/litre) and the Ferrari 360 Modena (111.5hp/litre).

With 189hp at 7,800rpm and 184Nm at 6,800rpm the Celica 190 is capable of 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds (the standard Celica is 8.7 seconds) and a top speed of 140mph (127mph). But it is not just fast, it is frugal too. The combined fuel consumption figure is 33.6mpg and CO2 emissions just 200g/km.

On sale now, the new Celica 190 costs £20,495 OTR.

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