How to pimp your Toy­ota Corolla ride

Sunday Tribune - - TRA VEL - ASHWEN SINGH

THE Toy­ota Corolla has been a favourite of South African mo­torists since its ar­rival in the late 1970s. Its rep­u­ta­tion for econ­omy, per­for­mance and re­li­a­bil­ity has earned it an en­vi­able po­si­tion among mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­asts and prag­ma­tists alike.

This week, we are proud to fea­ture one of a grow­ing num­ber of fe­male mo­tor en­thu­si­asts. Avaleen Naidoo, 25, is the owner of this week’s fea­tured ve­hi­cle, a 1998 Toy­ota Corolla 160i GLE Au­to­matic.

Naidoo, a re­cep­tion­ist at an umh­langa-based molec­u­lar imag­ing com­pany, is from Sas­tri Park, Phoenix. Her hob­bies, apart from her car, are at­tend­ing car shows with her boyfriend, TV and shop­ping.

Naidoo’s Corolla boasts the min­i­mal­ist per­for­mance of an up­rated 50mm ex­haust sys­tem, with a per­for­mance branch which adds ad­di­tional grunt and tone to the fac­tory stan­dard fuel-in­jected, mul­ti­valve, dou­ble over­head cam power plant.

It also boasts a low­ered sus­pen­sion sys­tem con­sist­ing of com­pressed springs and short­ened shocks which pro­duces a 60mm drop all around.

A set of 15 inch BBS mag wheels, 9j at the rear and 8.5j up­front with a 0 offset, are matched to a tetrad of 165/50/15 stretch rub­bers.

This Corolla boasts a Kenwood head unit, a Star Sound preamp, a pair of JVC 6x9s and three sets of splits. The in­stall also flaunts a 12-inch Star Sound sub­woofer wired to a 6500w Power­bass am­pli­fier.

Naidoo spent an undis­closed sum on the build,say­ing it was worth it.

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