However, while the linear workout may have given Celica a Santa Monica six-pack, this is no raw muscle machine. The first wave of new Toyota Celicas comes with a 140bhp 1.8-litre engine in contrast to the 173bhp 2.0-litre offered when generation six was launched with a GT badge during the L-plate registration era, followed by a short-lived 200bhp-plus GT-4.
But the biggest seller, towards the end of its run, was the Celica 1.8 ST with a comparatively puny 114bhp. Its replacement is not only more powerful, it is better specified for about the same price, lighter, faster, greener, more economical and cheaper to maintain. Crucially it also stacks up well against key rivals in the ú19,000- ú22,000 bracket such as the Ford Cougar, Fiat Coupe and Honda Prelude Sport.