Car reviews - Toyota - Paseo - coupe
1 Aug 1991
LAUNCHED to challenge the popular South Korean Hyundai S Coupe, the Japanese-made Paseo was based on the utterly conventional front-wheel drive platform of the unseen-locally Tercel/Starlet light car of the time. It favoured the same ‘style over sports car substance’ pioneered by the early Celica two decades previously, in an affordable, economical and durable two-plus-two seat two-door coupe package. Its 5E-FE fuel-injected 1.5-litre twin-cam 16-valve four-cylinder engine produced 74kW of power and 123Nm of torque. Many were sold in four-speed automatic guises in lieu of the standard five-speed manual gearbox. All Paseos offered power steering, central locking and electric windows until May ’93, when the range was split in two with the launch of a stripped-out base model. The previously well-specified version was dubbed Paseo Alpha. As you may guess from the specification, this isn't for keen drivers...
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