Toyota Corolla Levin and Toyota Sprinter Trueno
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door coupé
|Engine||Toyota A Engine|
The Toyota Corolla Levin and the Toyota Sprinter Trueno are small almost identical, lightweight compact sports cars made by Toyota from 1972 to 2000. Levin in Old English means lightning and Trueno in Spanish means thunder. In Japan, the Corolla Levin was exclusive to Toyota Corolla Store locations, and the Sprinter Trueno was exclusive to Toyota Auto Store locations, later renamed Toyota Vista Store in 1980.
TE27 Series (1972–1974)
The first Corolla Levin and Sprinter Trueno of early 1972 were the high performance models of Corolla and Sprinter 2 door fastback coupe. They were powered by 1.6 liter 2T-G Twincam engine mated to 5 speed manual transmission.
TE37 Series (1974–1977)
TE47 & TE51 Series (1976–1979)
TE71 Series (1979–1983)
Although the sporty Corolla and Sprinter available as 2 door Sedan, 2 door Hardtop, 3 door Coupe, and 3 door Liftback, the Corolla Levin and Sprinter Trueno were only produced as 3 door Coupe. Trim levels for the Japanese models were Base, S, and GT APEX, all with 2T-G engine. In the USA, the Corolla Levin was sold as SR5 with 1.8 liter 3T engine.
AE85/86 Series (1983–1987)
In this generation, the Corolla Levin came with fixed rectangular headlights which distinguished from the Sprinter Trueno with retractable headlights. However, the American Corolla SR5 and GT-S also had retractable headlights the same as Japanese Trueno, but with longer bumpers to meet the US Federal standards.
- 4A-GEU (16v): AE86 GT, GT APEX, GT-V Models
- 4A-GEC (16v): AE86 Corolla GT-S Model
- 4A-C: AE86 SR5 Model
- 3A-U: AE85 SR, GT Models
AE91/92 Series (1987–1991)
Like the previous generation, the Corolla Levin and Sprinter Trueno have different headlight styles. Again, American Corolla Coupe SR5 and GT-S adopted retractable headlights like the Trueno. This is the last generation of Corolla Coupe in America. The SR5 was powered by 4A-F engine, the GT-S came with high performance 4A-GE engine, while the GT-Z came with a 4A-GZE engine. Earlier GT-Zs were equipped with DLI and an AFM sensor while later versions would change to a MAP, oil squirters on the 4A block and a set of forged pistons.
AE100/101 Series (1991–1995)
- 4A-GE (20v)Silver-Top: GT Apex, GT Models
- 4A-GZE (Supercharged): GT-Z Model
- 4A-FE: SJ Model
- 5A-FE: S Model
AE110/111 series (1995–2000)
- Manufactured from 1995 to 1997
- Manufactured from 1997 to 2000
- 4A-GE (20v )"Black-Top": BZ-V, BZ-G, BZ-R Models
- 4A-FE: XZ Model
- 5A-FE: FZ Model
The BZ-R variant featured a 6 speed manual transmission, LSD, bigger front rotors, ABS, improved calipers, a taller rear spoiler and Super Strut Suspension (SS) all of which could be added to the BZ-G and BZ-V models as factory options. This is the last series where the Levin/Trueno name was used.
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