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My old mechanic picked up a 2006 Corolla XRS with a bad engine for cheap. He's in the process of swapping in a functional 2ZZ-GE. Wanted to know if I'd be willing to have a look. What do you think?

Shown as a concept in November 2003, a sporty XRS model (ZZE131), introduced in 2004 between the 2005 and 2006 model years only, featured the high-revving 127 kW (170 bhp) at 7600 rpm, 172 N·m (127 lb·ft) at 4400 rpm 2ZZ-GE engine and 6-speed manual from the Toyota Celica GT-S and Lotus Elise. The 2ZZ-GE motor was actually developed with collaboration from Yamaha motors (like other wide-angle head GE, GTE, and GZE Toyota engines), and uses similar technologies found in its sibling motor the 1ZZ-FE. The XRS was very similar to its Corolla S cousin in appearance, however there are significant changes to the mechanical components. The 2ZZ-GE uses a cable throttle (unlike the electronic throttle control of the 2ZZ-GE in the later years of the Celica GT-S) with a lift set-point at 6700 rpm and a 8200 rpm redline. The close ratio C60 6-speed manual transmission, also found in the Toyota Matrix XRS, was the only transmission available. The sport-tuned suspension lowered the Corolla XRS by 12.7 millimetres (0.5 in). A Yamaha designed brace spans the front strut towers as well as a X-Brace for the rear towers. The steering column is thicker and the power steering system is unique.

The rear drum brakes from the S (and other Corolla trims) were replaced with the drum in disc brakes from the Celica GT-S and the ABS system was upgraded to a four-channel with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution). Absent are Traction Control and Stability Control Systems (VSC). The Corolla XRS was given 5 spoke 16 inch painted aluminum alloy wheels (similar to the Matrix) and shod with Michelin Pilot Primacy P195/55-R16 summer performance tires and equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The wheels are the most noticeable difference in exterior appearance from the Corolla S that features 6 spoke 15 inch alloy wheels. Other exterior differences being the key colored grill surround (other trims have chrome), XRS badge at the back, rear discs, and the slightly lowered appearance.

The interior features a three-spoke leather wrapped steering wheel, leather shift knob, and leather shift boot from the Matrix XRS. Optitron gauges like those found in Lexus vehicles replaced the standard gauge set with white numbers and red markings and needles for a sporty appearance. The interior has dark blue plastic with silver accenting and beige pillars from the bottom of the windows to the beige headliner. The dashboard is black. The front seats were replaced with manually adjustable sports seats with more side bolster. The 4 main seats are black cloth with a blue hexagon pattern and black cloth sides. Interestingly, the front floor mats are from the Corolla S. Due to the rear X-Brace, the rear seats do not fold 60-40 like those found in the other Corolla trims. Color choices for the Corolla XRS were: Super White II, Silver Streak Mica, Phantom Gray Pearl, Black Sand Pearl, Impulse Red Pearl, and Indigo Ink Pearl.

The Corolla XRS was on sale in the USA, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Toyota estimated to sell approximately 5000 Corolla XRS per year. Production numbers have not been released, however it has been speculated that less than 7000 were produced (unofficially estimated at 6619 units). Unofficially, Toyota Canada has disclosed that 818 were sold MY (model year) 2005 and only 279 MY 2006, bringing a total of 1097 Corolla XRS being sold in the country over the 2 model years. This limited production and minimal exterior differences resulted in the Corolla XRS being a unique sleeper hiding among the extremely common Corolla S and is the final outright performance designed model from Toyota that was targeted towards "single male buyers" before the complete switch to the Toyotas' Scion youth oriented brand and the introduction of the Scion FR-S in 2012.
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It looks boring will have more top end and practically no torque. Continue with the M62 on your car.
 

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dont them come with 170HP, still not much torque but for a beater that would be a decent DD. I had a 2007 rental back in... well, 2007. It was a peppy POS that is for sure, gearing and such made it seem like it was quick. I guess that is why corolla and such owners think their cars are fast. I beat on it for the 3-4 days I had it, did not even need to put gas in it when returning because it drank next to nothing.

THough I have a burning hatred for Toyota so it'd be hard for me to have it in my driveway... my g/f has a 2001 corolla and that was hard enough to accept lol. Maybe that is why it is still not on the road and sitting in her parents driveway still because in the back of my mind I do not want to get it back on the road because it'd be here a lot lmao
 

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Ah the XRS corolla, its nothing more than an S model with a TRD supercharger slapped on it. You can gain more power with a standard S with a RIPP supercharger.

Nissan did the same thing with the Xterra for the 04-05 with a supercharger, but only 30hp was gained. Mazda attempted to turbo the protege back in 2003 as they said goodbye to the protege and hello to the 3. I had a MSP, was a great all around AutoX car for under $20k price.

Toyota also had a Supercharged Celica 2001 GTS, very rare to find, but i know Toyota performance (TRD) offers a supercharger for just the 01 Celica. Nothing like a screaming cat noise on a chick car :)
 

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Ah the XRS corolla, its nothing more than an S model with a TRD supercharger slapped on it.
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XRS has a 1.8 with an output of 170hp also use on the celica gts, matrix xrs and pontiac vibe gt
the supercharger is the for regular 1.8
2 different engines, i think they are made in different countries too.

get it and do this

lol saw it at school, wonder how fast will it be
probably is the RIPP supercharger, or could be an aftermarket turbo kit, i dont see a front mount on the ripp tho
 

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That front bumper is fugly and the TRD grill is pure rice imo. I'm sure it's quick, but stylistically it's a mess. What I like about the Toyotas (and there isn't too much) is that they're never much for flash and sparkle. Keep it looking stock and no one will ever notice, which is exactly what I would want.

I should be able to see it tomorrow. Finger's crossed it isn't a pile of trash.
 

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XRS has a 1.8 with an output of 170hp also use on the celica gts, matrix xrs and pontiac vibe gt
the supercharger is the for regular 1.8
2 different engines, i think they are made in different countries too.

get it and do this

lol saw it at school, wonder how fast will it be
probably is the RIPP supercharger, or could be an aftermarket turbo kit, i dont see a front mount on the ripp tho
The corolla 03-05 S has a 1.8 already in it, just no VVT-i that the Celica GTS has. Baseline Corolla S for them years was a whopping 135Bhp engine from their 1ZZFE-non VVT. Celica GTS was 1ZZFE with VVT pumping 180BHp. I know this cause I saw the same setup when I was car shopping 11 years ago. Ended up getting a MSP. The celica was offered a TRD supercharger for just the 2001 model (i have no idea why) and the corolla S 03-04 only.
 
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