Starlet GT Turbo EP82

EP82 Starlet Mk1 (1989-1991)

Carrying on in the tradition of the EP71 Turbo S, the EP82 GT was placed at the topend of the

Starlet range. Production started in December 1989 with the initial version (commonly referred to as the Mark 1).

All models were powered by the 4EFTE, a turbocharged 1331cc 16v engine and this produced a maximum of 135ps @ 6,400rpm. The published 0-60 time is stated as 8.2 secs in the original sales brochure and this was enough to impress the Japanese public.

The standard equipment offered was as follows:

  • Power assisted steering
  • Adjustable steering wheel
  • Electric door mirrors
  • Heated rear window
  • Airconditioning
  • Split rear folding seats
  • Intermittent wash/wipe

There was also a higher specification that added central locking and electric windows into the spec sheet.

A great number of optional features were available, many of which are greatly sought after nowadays. It’s difficult to give the full list but here goes nothing:

  • Electric Sunroof
  • Limited Slip Diff equipped gearbox
  • Climatronic Airconditioning
  • Recaro sports interior
  • Rear 3-point strutbrace
  • Wind deflectors for front windows
  • Wind deflector for sunroof
  • Dash mounted accessory tray
  • Parking guidance light
  • TEMS Suspension
  • ‘CleanAce’ Roofmounted dehumidifier
  • Remote central locking
  • CD player
  • Bootliner
  • Armrest
  • Stereo Amplifier
  • Upgraded speaker options
  • Door mounted speakers
  • Full carpet mat set
  • Plastic rear window cover
  • Momo sports steering wheel
  • Alloy wheels
  • Antilock braking system
  • Cubby box in passenger side footwell
  • Naviboy electronic compass
  • Cupholder/notepad holder
  • First Aid kit
  • Child seat
  • Booster seat
  • Storage bag for rear of front seat
  • ‘Airfantasy’ fragrance control system
  • Torch and holder

There was also the option of changing the five speed manual gearbox for a four speed automatic gearbox if required.

A special edition was available : the ‘Snow Version’ which was designed for colder regions. These featured snow tyres, yellow headlamps, different alternators and a stronger starting system.

It’s time I stated for the record that the ‘Light-weight’ edition is a myth. These are simply the basic entry-level model which due to it’s lack of electrics was a little lighter than it’s more highly equipped counterparts.

These are taken from www.cars-directory.net and show the dealer retail price across the range in December 1989 just as the EP82 was launched:

# Modification Body type Drive Trans Fuel Displacement, cc Engine model Frame Price

1. GT Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FTE E-EP82-AGPQY $10900

2. Canvas top Si Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AGPXK $10400

3. Gi Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AGPVK $10300

4. GT Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FTE E-EP82-AGMQY $10300

5. Canvas top Si Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AGMXK $9800

6. Gi Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AGMVK $9700

7. Si Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AHPSK $9300

8. Si Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AGPSK $9100

9. Si Hatch FF M

T Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AHMSK $8700

10. X Hatch FF AT Diesel 1453 1N Q-NP80-AHPGS $8600

11. Si Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AGMSK $8500

12. X limited Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-F E-EP82-AHHGU(L) $8100

13. X Hatch FF MT Diesel 1453 1N Q-NP80-AHMGS $8000

14. Canvas top Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-F E-EP82-AGHEU $7800

15. X limited Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-F E-EP82-AHMGU(L) $7800

16. S Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-F E-EP82-AGHSU $7700

17. X Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-F E-EP82-AHHGU $7500

18. S Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-F E-EP82-AGMSU $7400

19. Canvas top Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-F E-EP82-AGKEU $7300

20. X Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-F E-EP82-AHMGU $7200

21. Soleil Hatch FF AT Diesel 1453 1N Q-NP80-AHPDS $6900

22. Soleil Hatch FF AT Diesel 1453 1N Q-NP80-AGPDS $6700

23. Soleil Hatch FF MT Diesel 1453 1N Q-NP80-AHMDS $6300

24. Soleil L Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-F E-EP82-AHHNU $6100

25. Soleil Hatch FF MT Diesel 1453 1N Q-NP80-AGMDS $6100

26. Soleil L Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-F E-EP82-AGHNU $6000

27. Soleil Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-F E-EP82-AHHDU $5700

28. Soleil L Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-F E-EP82-AHKNU $5600

29. Soleil Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-F E-EP82-AGHDU $5500

30. Soleil L Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-F E-EP82-AGKNU $5500

31. Soleil Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-F E-EP82-AHKDU $5200

32. Soleil Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-F E-EP82-AGKDU $5000


EP82 Starlet Mk2 (1992-1994)

After over two years of production the Starlet range was given a facelift to freshen up the vehicle’s image and appeal. New materials were used and several components were changed to move the turbo models away from the naturally-aspirated specifications. As with the earlier phase all models featured:

  • Power assisted steering
  • Adjustable steering wheel
  • Electric door mirrors
  • Heated rear window
  • Airconditioning
  • Split rear folding seats
  • Intermittent wash/wipe

There was also a higher specification that added central locking and electric windows into the spec sheet.

The only special model of note was the GT-Limited which featured decals and small interior/external trim variations most noticable of which is the two-tone paintwork. The Limited had a small production run (Dec 1992 – Feb 1993) and is a rare sight.

Differences made from the mk1 include:

  • Revised front bumper
  • Revised front grille and badge
  • Alternation to centrebore of front brake discs
  • New design of front droplinks
  • New pluglead connections
  • Different interior fabrics and materials
  • Revised steering wheel
  • Revised instrument cluster
  • Revised bootlid trim
  • Revised tail lamps

Here’s the pricelist as it stood in May 1994 :

1. GT Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FTE E-EP82-AGPQY $12000

2. X limited Hatch 4WD AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP85-AHPYK $11700

3. Gi Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AGPVK $11700

4. S Sport selection equipped car Hatch 4WD AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-

EP85-AGPSK(S) $11500

5. GT Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FTE E-EP82-AGMQY $11200

6. X limited Hatch 4WD MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP85-AHMYK $11100

7. S Hatch 4WD AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP85-AGPSK $11100

8. Gi Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AGMVK $11000

9. S Sport selection equipped car Hatch 4WD MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-

EP85-AGMSK(S) $10900

10. S Hatch 4WD MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP85-AGMSK $10500

11. X limited Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AHPYK $10300

12. S Sport selection equipped car Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AGPSK(S) $10100

13. Soleil L extra package equipped car Hatch 4WD AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP85-AHPNK(A) $10100

14. X limited Hatch FF AT Diesel 1453 1N X-NP80-AHPYS $10000

15. Soleil L extra package equipped car Hatch 4WD AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP85-AGPNK(A) $9700

16. S Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AGPSK $9700

17. X limited Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AHMYK $9700

18. S Sport selection equipped car Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AGMSK(S) $9500

19. Soleil L extra package equipped car Hatch 4WD MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP85-AHMNK(A) $9400

20. X limited Hatch FF MT Diesel 1453 1N X-NP80-AHMYS $9300

21. Soleil L extra package equipped car Hatch 4WD MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP85-AGMNK(A) $9100

22. S Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AGMSK $9100

23. Soleil L Hatch 4WD AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP85-AHPNK $8900

24. Soleil L Hatch 4WD AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP85-AGPNK $8500

25. Soleil L extra package equipped car Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AHHNK(A) $8400

26. Soleil L Hatch 4WD MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP85-AHMNK $8200

27. Soleil L extra package equipped car Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AGHNK(A) $8100

28. Soleil custom pack Hatch FF AT Diesel 1453 1N X-NP80-AHPDS(B) $8000

29. Soleil L Hatch 4WD MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP85-AGMNK $7900

30. Soleil L extra package equipped car Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AHKNK(A) $7800

31. Soleil Hatch FF AT Diesel 1453 1N X-NP80-AHPDS $7600

32. Soleil custom pack Hatch FF AT Diesel 1453 1N X-NP80-AGPDS(B) $7600

33. Soleil L extra package equipped car Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AGKNK(A) $7500

34. Soleil custom pack Hatch FF MT Diesel 1453 1N X-NP80-AHMDS(B) $7300

35. Soleil Hatch FF AT Diesel 1453 1N X-NP80-AGPDS $7300

36. Soleil L Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AHHNK $7100

37. Soleil Hatch FF MT Diesel 1453 1N X-NP80-AHMDS $7000

38. Soleil custom pack Hatch FF MT Diesel 1453 1N X-NP80-AGMDS(B) $7000

39. Soleil custom pack Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AHHDK(B) $6900

40. Soleil L Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AGHNK $6700

41. Soleil Hatch FF MT Diesel 1453 1N X-NP80-AGMDS $6700

42. Soleil Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AHHDK $6600

43. Soleil custom pack Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AGHDK(B) $6600

44. Soleil L Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AHKNK $6500

45. Soleil custom pack Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AHKDK(B) $6300

46. Soleil Hatch FF AT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AGHDK $6300

47. Soleil L Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AGKNK $6200

48. Soleil Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AHKDK $6000

49. Soleil custom pack Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AGKDK(B) $6000

50. Soleil E specification car Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AGKDK(E) $5800

51. Soleil Hatch FF MT Gasoline 1331 4E-FE E-EP82-AGKDK $5700


EP82 Starlet Mk3 (1994-1995)

After a long five years in production the EP82 was due another overhaul. Technology was improving and the demand for a more modern vehicle was high.

The third and final phase of the model was basically a cleverly disguised facelift. The mechanical and electrical side of the vehicle which had delivered the goods perfectly over the years offered too strong a foundation to change.

For the most part only minor alterations were deemed necessary. Comestic changes would tide the EP82 over until the fast approaching EP91 Glanza arrived.

Changes made over the mk2 included:

  • Quad headlamps
  • New indicator units
  • Revised grille
  • Various fabrics and materials were changed
  • Revised tailgate

There was also a special edition on offer that offered two-tone paintwork, decals, a leather Momo steering wheel and gearknob. The ‘Advance’ took over where the GT-Limited left off and it proved a popular model despite having a limited production run (Dec 1994 – March 1995).

It’s worth mentioning that the foreamentioned items were the only extras that the model came with – many people suggest that a LSD gearbox or Recaro interior are part of the standard Advance package. This is untrue, such items were factory-fit options when ordering a new vehicle.



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