Reader Kenneth Irwin sent in these nice photos of his Toyota Vios Turbo in Thailand. It’s a 1.5 turbocharged manual version. Even the fact that it’s manual is something we don’t see here in Malaysia. Let’s have a look at the car.

According to the owner, the Toyota Vios Turbo is a limited edition run with only about 600 produced. The car comes with a few enhancements stock from the factory. The suspension is a performance setup and the car is lowered by roughly 30mm. This car uses 16 inch multi spoke rims, wrapped in 7.0J 205/45/R16 tyres.

Brakes are also upgraded to disc brakes on all four wheels, naturally to keep up with the increased power of the car.

This is the interior of a manual transmission Toyota Vios. No, the soft toys do not come with the car! :P

Now we come to the juicy bits. The 1.5 16 valve DOHC VVT-i 1NZ-FE engine has been turbocharged with light boost pressure as the compression ratio of the engine is still quite high for a turbo-ed engine at 10.5:1. Normal for a bolt-on setup. The ECU has been upgraded to detect boost and adjust air-fuel appropriately.

This results in 143 horsepower at 6400rpm and 196Nm of torque at 4400rpm. The gearbox is a 5-speed close ratio gearbox for maximum acceleration. This takes the car from 0-100km/h in 8.1 seconds. The car does the 400meter sprint at 15.9 seconds.

I suppose if you can lower the compression to something like 9:1 you could boost it up higher and get even better performance out of it.

I wish the Toyota Vios Turbo was available here heh! The car is only available in black, red or silver.