2001 Toyota Altezza RS200 from Australia and New Zealand
Nice car, but lacks low end performance
I drove 3 of these before buying 1, and found 2 out of 3 had flat spots. I replaced the air flow meter in mine, which improved but did not eliminate the problem. I think the throttle body needed replacing to totally eliminate it.
Car looked great with its full factory bodykit and mesh grille.
It handled really good too. Had tonnes of grip with the factory 17s. Really couldn't see why it had traction control.
Performance above 4700 RPM (where VVTi kicked in) was good, but under this it was lacking a bit, and was especially slow off the mark / under 2000 RPM. This is due to it having an electronic throttle body, which in the Altezza's case takes away the responsiveness. Fine to thrash around the hills, but not much fun in start stop traffic.
The gearbox was nice and smooth changing, but the gear ratios were stupidly low, and this made it use a lot of fuel for a 2.0L 4 cylinder. At 100kph I recorded 4800 RPM in fourth gear, 3700 in fifth gear, and 3300 in 6th.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 29th June, 2012