Corolla Twincam 1.3, 1.6 and GTI Price and Specifications Review

Toyota Corolla with chassis code AE92 often called Corolla Twincam is the sixth generation of the Toyota’s compact sedan. This car was presented as the successor of AE82 Corolla GL that have been sold from 1984 to 1987.

Corolla Twincam itself was sold until 1991 and was replaced by Great Corolla in 1992.



The first-time presence car marketplace its offer several types and models. For the sedan type, introduced with 3 types, such as types SE which uses 1.3 litres carburetor engine, then type SE Limited which uses 1600cc engine carburetor, and the latter is a type GTi which uses the Toyota’s legendary 1.6 litre injection engine, code 4AGE.

Corolla Twincam 1.3, 1.6 and GTI Price and Specifications Review

Corolla Twincam 1.3, 1.6 and GTI Price and Specifications Review

Corolla Twincam 1.3, 1.6 and GTI Price and Specifications Review

While other models are the liftback model. In the market, this car was marketed to compete with the competitors that are mostly filled by JDM sedans such as Honda Civic, Mazda Grand Interplay, Daihatsu Charade Classy and Suzuki Esteem.

Twincam Corolla 1.3, 1.6 and Gti Exterior Review

Seen from the exterior, Corolla Twincam designed to look attractive because of its predecessor’s exterior style with stiff accents in each corner has been removed. Then the front and rear lights also redesigned using the thinner model. To follow the trend at the time, Toyota also includes rear garnish as a complement to the Great Corolla generation. As the affect, the position of the plates were transferred to the central part of the rear bumper.

Twincam Corolla 1.3, 1.6 and Gti Interior Review

Get into the cabins, you will be greeted by the looks of 1990’s sport sedans, it is apparent from the order of the console panel that looks full and solid. All buttons are accessible by the driver because its layout leads to driver’s position. This car is capable to accommodate up to five adult passengers. But because it have narrow legroom, its only ideal to accommodate four adult passengers.

Corolla Twincam using velvet upholstery material for all models. Its upholstery color schemes tend to be dull except the GTi type because it uses two colors which looks like chess board.

Twincam Corolla 1.3, 1.6 and Gti Engine Performance Review

As was mentioned in the above, this compact sedan are presented using three types of machines. The smallest capacity engine is carburetor engine 1.3 litres 12 valves SOHC with engine code 2E, is exactly same as used by the Toyota Starlet. Its able to produce power up to 70 HP at 6,000 RPM with peak torque of 96 Nm at 3,600 RPM.

Then, there is another type with carburetor engine 1.6 litres 16 valves SOHC with engine code 4AF. The resulting power increase up to 90 HP at the same engine rotation and torque becomes larger, around 135 Nm at 3,600 RPM if we compare it to 2E engine. Corollas with this machine is the most sold all over the world.

After they monitoring the market for up to 2 years, Toyota finally made the decision to surprise the sedan market segment by presenting Corolla Twincam 4A-GE (nicknamed “redtop”) version which its ability has proven on the Toyota AE86. Redtop is able to produce a maximum power up to 140 HP at 7,200 RPM and peak torque of 149Nm at 4,800 RPM.

This version sold in limited quantity, approximately only 1000 units. No doubt, many collectors hunts for it.

Twincam Corolla 1.3, 1.6 and GTI Impression and Handling Review

Talk about the impressions, Toyota Corolla Twincam is one of the best sedan on its segment. Its have a good suspensions which offer comfortable rides. Whereas the handling of each type are have very much differences.  Acceleration on engine type SE 1.3 belongs to bad because less responsive engine. Its reason is a ratio of car weight and engine power is not balanced. So many people are disappointed with this type, to reach the top speed you should step more on the gas pedal and fuel consumption became very inefficient.

For type SE Limited 1.6 litre carburetor, acceleration is quite good. The use of a single camshaft (SOHC) makes the acceleration on the lower rotary being slightly corrected, though its not good as its competitors – Honda Grand Civic. After the sales of Twincam engine was discontinued, it replaced by the DOHC 4AFE injection engine on Great Corolla.

At the top of the model – the GTi type, its simply have the incredible handling. Acceleration towards the topspeed can be done in a short period. The power and torque of its engine able to compete with the Corolla Altis 2002 1.8 litres engine as the ninth generation. That is, the Toyota (and Yamaha) 4AGE engine is still not yet to be underestimated until the next 3 generations of Corolla. As a complement, a disc braking system have been used at each wheels of the Twincam Corolla GTi type. While the other models just equipped with disc brake in front and rear wheels is using drum brake system.

Twincam Corolla 1.3, 1.6 and Gti Specification

  • Engine: 1.3 carburetor (2E), 1.6-litre carburetor (4AF), 1.6-litre injection (4AGE)
  • Configuration: 12 valve (2E), 16 valve (4AF and 4AGE)
  • Power: 70 HP @ 6,000 RPM (2E), 90 HP @ 6,000 RPM (4AF), 140 HP @ 7,200 RPM (4AGE).
  • Torque: 96 Nm @ 3,600 RPM (2E), 135 Nm @ 3,600 RPM (4AF), 149 Nm @ 4,800 RPM (4AGE).
  • Bore x Stroke: 73 mm x 48.1 mm (2AE), 81 mm x 76 mm (4AF), 81 mm x 77 mm (4AGE).
  • Compression ratio: 9.5:1 (2AE), 9.5:1 (4AF), 10.3:1 (4AGE).
  • Transmission: manual with 5 accelerations and automatic with 4 accelerations (rare version)
  • Suspension: Front MacPherson strut and rear multilink.
  • Competitors: Honda Civic, Mazda Grand Interplay, Daihatsu Charade Sedan and Suzuki Esteem.
  • Year of sale: 1988-1991 (SE and SE Limited). 1990-1991 (GTi).

Twincam Corolla 1.3, 1.6 and Gti Secondhand / Used Price

The price of the Twincam type SE 1.3 for the years 1988-1991 ranged from 3.000 – 3.5oo US dollar. Then type SE Limited with the same year, price range are usually more expensive, that is between 3.600 – 4.5oo US dollar. While the GTi Twincam type price can reach the number of 5.000 – 6.500 US dollar. All prices mentioned above are very dependent on the condition of the car.

Twincam Corolla 1.3, 1.6 and Gti Pros

  • Prices are cheap for all types (except the GTI type).
  • Easy in terms of the maintenance (except the GTI type).
  • High availability and affordable spare parts (except the GTI type).
  • High durability engine.
  • Modern interior compared its competitors with the same year of production.
  • Great selection of mods, JDM, AUDM or USDM.
  • Comfortable, because of the good suspension systems.
  • Spare parts can be substitute with the other models.

Corolla Twincam 1.3, 1.6 and GTI Cons

  • The power steering seal often leaks due to age factor.
  • Inefficient fuel consumption
  • Rear brakes still using drum brakes (except the GTI type).
  • Narrow legroom.
  • GTi type requires high-octane fuel to prevent damage to the engine.

So, that is a full review of the specification as well as the pros and cons of the Twincam Corolla 1.3, 1.6 and GTI. Essentially, each type has cons and pros respectively. All options depending on the budget that you provide. If you want a fine tuned version, choose the GTi. If you want cheap prices, choose SE and type if you want the easiest in terms of maintenance, choose SE Limited.

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