September 19, 2005

Winnipeg Free Press Tuner Project goes on sale

Winnipeg, Manitoba – North America’s only supercharged 2005 Toyota Corolla went on sale in an on-line auction. The car’s modifications have been regularly chronicled on CanadianDriver.

Toyota Corolla tuner car - Winnipeg Free Press
Photo: Mike Aporius, Winnipeg Free Press. Click image to enlarge

The car, donated by Toyota Canada, was extensively modified using Toyota Racing Development (TRD) parts. As no kit was available to put a supercharger on a Corolla, TRD and Toyota Canada crafted a custom throttle body adapter, wiring harness and engine control unit adapter to accommodate the change. The car has tested on a dyno at 162 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque, up from 130 hp and 125 lb-ft in the stock engine, and while it is less horsepower than the 170 hp Corolla XRS, it has considerably more torque than the 127 lb-ft of the XRS.

Other changes to the base Corolla CE include lowering springs, custom leather interior, $4,000 DVD audio system, TRD strut tower brace, and body aero kit. The auction is available at

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