Glanza V

Toyota Starlet Glanza V

1.3L Turbo, 217.9BHP @ 0.9 bar


I’ve been the proud owner of this Glanza V since 2009, when she was imported into the UK by her previous owner and then sold onto me three months after.

One of the last Glanza’s to be registered in the UK, she was a perfect example with immaculate body work, no sign of abuse, rust or damage and well maintained. I’ve owned her for the past 9 years and have done so with no expense spared. She’s always run on Super unleaded, 97 ron or higher pump fuel, regularly serviced and for the first 6 years of my ownership, was garaged 5 days a week and driven only at weekends.

I only intended on putting a few modifications on to improve the styling, such as lowering the car and fitting alloy wheels, but one thing lead to another and 9 years later, she now has an extensive list of expensive modifications. All the parts are from new, and fitted either by professional local mechanics or tuning companies.

She has appeared on display at various UK shows such as JAE, Goodwood, Japfest, BHP and many many others.

Here’s the specification below:

Engine & Transmission

Toyota 1.3L Engine approx 80,000 Miles.
Engine fitted with Athena 1.4MM MLS Head Gasket and ARP Bolts
“Race spec” rocker cover with TM Developments oil catch tank and braided hoses
TD04L Turbo
WEPR TD04 Turbo Manifold
Tial External Wastegate with water cooling connected
WEPR Front Mount Intercooler
Blitz Nur Spec R Full exhaust system (2.38″) with custom 10″ flexi pipe
Re-machined Quaife LSD in reconditioned gearbox with new bearings and synchros (April 2018)
Fidanza Lightened Flywheel
Exedy Organic Clutch
HKS SSQV Dump Valve
Magnecor KV85 HT Leads
NGK Iridium 7 spark plugs
New OEM radiator (Fitted April 2018) with 2 Slimline fans
Apexi front mounted air filter
Tuning Developments high flow fuel pump
Silicone hoses
TRD Oil Cap
Transparent Timing belt over

Handling & Suspension

Meister R Zeta R Coilovers
Whiteline front Anti Roll Bar
Whiteline rear Anti Roll Bar
Whiteline Panhard Rod
Powerflex Yellow Poly Engine and Gearbox mounts
Cusco Front Strut Brace
Cusco Rear Strut Brace
Wiseco C Pillar Brace
Rota Grid 15″ Alloys with Toyo T1R Tyres (Fronts almost new)
EBC Vented / Drilled / Grooved brake disks
EBC Yellow stuff pads


Emanage Ultimate Piggy back ECU
Greddy Profec B-Spec II Electronic Boost Controller
HKS Turbo Timer
Rear LED light bulb Conversion
Front Indicators LED light bulb conversion
AEM Wideband gauge with second sensor
Volt gauge
Boost gauge
Thatcham Approved remote central locking / alarm system with 2 keys
Electric Windows
Electric Mirrors
Driver & passenger Air Bags
Reversed Wiper Motor
LG CD Player

Body / Styling / Other Extras

Bride Bucket Seat Rails
Corbeau Boss Bucket Seats
Optional lower boot spoiler
Optional rear splitter
JDM-EP Toe Eye
Hydraulic bonnet lifters
Factory tinted rear windows
Carbon brake lines (Front)
Hubcentric Wheel Spacers (20mm – Front)

How she drives:

Well the fact I’ve owned it for 9 years should say it all. This car never fails to disappoint! From the second your foot hits the accelerator, you’re instantly smiling as the forces throw you into the back of your seat, and that’s only at 0.9 bar! The upgraded turbo is also capable of running up to 1.4/1.5 Bar which will produce around another 80hp. The engine map and boost levels have always been run lower to prevent damaging the engine. The boost levels are also controlled both mechanically using a spring in the waste gate, and also by the Greddy Electronic Boost Controller (EBC).
The modified Quaife LSD and Toyo tyres allow for superb traction in dry conditions and incredible handling, with height and damper adjustable settings in each corner. The Blitz Nur Spec exhaust makes a roar that’ll turn heads and sounds fantastic, but can be bunged to give your ears a break if necessary!

The car also benefits from the usual features such as power steering, ABS, air bags, central locking and electric windows and electric mirrors, and being a hatch back, is a piece of cake to drive around on a daily basis, still with enough room in the rear for a child seat and a push chair in the boot!

She also has a kerb weight of around 850KG so is light. I believe the power to weight ratio to be around 255BHP/Ton.

If you’re ever feeling down and want a smile forced upon your face then get behind the wheel of this thing!

Other potentially interesting stuff…

Some Quaife differentials on the Starlet scene have issues with the drive shafts getting stuck, making them difficult to fit or remove. I’ve personally had Quaife re-mill my Quaife to fit my shafts back in 2016, making them a perfect fit. At the same time, the gearbox was reconditioned to replace some worn synchro’s.

My Glanza was the first one in the UK to have a working reverse wiper motor. The standard design is that they start and stop in the upright position which most people don’t like, so they just get taken off. I wanted to retain the functionality of it, so I had an engineer from Koenigsegg in Sweden modify my motor to work in reverse! It now starts and stops flat.

My Glanza was also one of the first to have a full rear LED conversion. Purely a cosmetic feature but modernises the car with the instant on / off instead of the glowing on / off that you get on traditional bulbs.

The car was last mapped in 2013 at Fusion Motorsport / Surrey Rolling Road producing 217.8HP. The tuner (Ed) said the car is capable of more, and wants to produce more power than this. 

Gear linkage cables, timing belts, aux belts, water pump, thermostat, handbrake cable, CV boots and the Idle control valve have all been replaced in the past few years.

The future:

I love the car, she’s my pride and joy and I have two options of how to progress.

1) I may have to let her go. She requires a bit of TLC and renewed interest which I cannot afford or have the time for right now. There’s an oil leak that needs addressing, some car park scrapes and stone chips that I’d like resprayed and the wheels re-aligned and refurbished. I may either sell her or look to put her in storage and come back to it in a couple of years and resort to option 2! If she does sell, the asking price is £5000 with the standard seats /rails or £5400 with the buckets and Bride rails fitted.. This is what a standard import now costs to buy, but you get the added bonus there’s thousands of pounds of parts on it, which someone gets to enjoy, as it would be too painful for me to break her up! 

2) I want to complete her. My plans are to forge the engine, unleashing the full potential of the turbo, with larger injectors. Fit a stand alone engine management and remap the car. I’d also like to fit wider front wings to allow for bigger brakes. I’d also take her back to a bodyshop to respray the entire thing and get her back to mint condition, re-fresh the tints, recondition the wheels and just have her back to showroom fresh.

Last updated 13th July 2018.