Toyda Starvanna GT Limited
The Toyda Starvanna may sound odd, but it simply fuses the Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82 and Mazda Savanna RX-7 together in one car! The front section is taken from the Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82 and the rear section is taken from the Mazda Savanna RX-7. The fusion of these two cars was born out of the necessity to cut costs and both manufacturers combined forces, combining the best of both cars into this new Toyda Starvanna. Toyota and Mazda deemed it a good idea to combine the front of a 3 door hatchback and the rear of a coupe.
Late Showa bubble
The Toyda Starvanna combines the bubble era and late showa. The Starlet GT Turbo was a perfect example of bubble era thinking: youngsters who were wading in cash were eager to buy the top of the line performance model. The Savanna sold mostly to young yuppies thriving for the latest new technology. This meant these cars devalued rapidly in value near the collapse of the bubble economy.
Toyda Starvanna – Chassis and Suspension
The Toyda Starvanna has 3 doors and the total length of the car is 4141mm. The weight of the car also changed from 830 kilograms (Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82) and 1280 kilograms (Mazda Savanna RX-7) to 1131 kilograms (2494 pounds).
|Number of doors||3|
|Front suspension||McPherson struts|
|Rear suspension||semi trailing arms|
|Front wheels||14 inch 5J alloy rims, 175/60R14 87H tires|
|Rear wheels||15 inch alloy rims, 205/60R15 89H tires|
Toyda Starvanna Engine and drivetrain
The Starvanna features the 4E-FTE engine up front. This engine delivers 133 horsepower. Apparently there has been a literal power struggle between Toyota and Mazda over the choice of engines. Toyota clearly won, hence the choice for the 4E-FTE engine. With the weight of the car being 1131 kilograms, this alters the power to weight ratio to 18.79 lb/hp (11.43 kg/kW)
|Bore x Stroke||74 x 77.3|
|Intercooler||top mounted Intercooler|
|Power||133 hp (99 kW)|
|Torque||157 Nm (116 lb.ft)|
|Gearbox||5 speed manual|
The 4E-FTE featured 1 additional valve per cylinder over the 2E-FTE. This also raised the output from 110hp (82kW) to 133hp (99kW).
GT Limited trim level
The GT Limited mixes the best out of the Toyota Starlet GT Turbo and the Mazda Savanna GT Limited.
The GT Turbo featured bucket-like seats in the front with the same cloth pattern as the door cards, but true Recaro seats were available as an option. Only the Series V got the iconic circular rear tail lights. This Series IV has to do with ordinary rectangular tail lights.
The front grille and headlights are a popular swap for other Starlet P80s! The Mazda Savanna RX-7 FC3S featured a 70 litre fuel tank. It’s unknown if this was chosen to make the FC3S a gran tourer, or to keep the range within a reasonable distance.
The original front: Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82
This particular model of the Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82 was sold in 1990. The body style is a door 3 door hatchback.
The Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82 was a prolongation of the 80s hot hatchback race by each manufacturer and a worthy successor to the Starlet Turbo S EP71. The new P80 Starlet was introduced in 1989 and it was an instant hit!
The Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82 ad campaign
In the typical late 80s and early 90s, the Starlet GT Turbo ads were whacky. Don’t expect any Japanese celebrities showing up in these ads: they’re simply too weird for that!
The Toyota Starlet GT Turbo EP82 in popular media
The Toyota Starlet EP82 was very popular with the 90s boy racers: the engine was highly tunable due to the absence of an airflow meter and it could zip through the tight corners of togues quickly as the Starlet only weights 830 kilograms.
Left To Rot: TRD Equipped, Toyota Starlet GT Turbo – EP82 by Wasabi Cars
The original rear: Mazda Savanna RX-7
This particular model of the Mazda Savanna RX-7 was sold in 1985. The body style is a door coupe.
The third generation Savanna was a follow up on the well received second generation. Due to the quirky looks of the second generation Savanna, Mazda decided to design the third generation after the Porsche 944 to hopefully improve sales in the USA.
The Mazda Savanna RX-7 ad campaign
The third generation Mazda Savanna ads were mostly revolving the serenity of the wankel engine. Classy pictures, fast moving vehicles and the New Adult Sports as the tag line for the FC.
The Mazda Savanna RX-7 in popular media
Ryosuke Takahashi drives a white Mazda Savanna RX-7 Infini III in the Initial D anime, manga and movie. The RX7 was also a popular car used for drifting and D1GP driver Hirotaka Hoshino became the ambassador for it.
Abandoned 1989 Mazda RX7 Infini Revisitied by Wasabi Cars
The Toyda Starvanna certainly is a daring product by combining two cars from two different manufacturers. It really took guts from Toyota and Mazda to come to this consensus and that’s certainly something to be remembered for. It may not be 100% up to the tastes of typical buyers from Toyota or Mazda, but the car being sold under the brand could potentially attract new customers that they normally wouldn’t have had.
Keep in mind that this is an automatically generated artist impression what could be a possible mashup between the Toyota Starlet and the Mazda Savanna. This is not meant to offend any person nor mock a specific car or car brand as all cars and car brands in our database are mashed up randomly. The gods of randomization feel that this was the proper hommage to both cars and highlighting their strong and weak points. In the end, just imagine this newly created car was a real thing and existed out of cost saving necessity. This isn’t the first time such a thing happened, hence we now have to live with the Toyoscionbaru BRZFR-SGT86 and soon with the ToyoBMW Z4Supra.
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