Toyota Launches More Powerful iQ with 99 Horsepower

Toyota Launches More Powerful iQ with 99 Horsepower

Earlier this year Toyota launched the iQ micro-car in Europe and now the Japanese automaker has unveiled  a more “performance-oriented” version of the cute and trendy iQ.

The new engine is a 99hp VVT-i 1.33-liter four-cylinder that makes 92 ft-lbs of torque at 4400 rpm. It comes standard with Toyota’s six-speed manual transmission, which features Toyota’s Stop & Start function, allowing the engine to be shut off at stop lights (or when stuck in traffic).

As soon as the operator puts the shifter in neutral and releases the clutch pedal, the engine shuts off. The engine will then restart when the clutch pedal is depressed within half a second. This is made possible by a permanently engaged gear mechanism that links the starter and flywheel.

Toyota says that its Stop & Start technology is good for a fuel-savings of 3 percent. As for the fuel-economy numbers, the iQ boasts a combined city/highway rating of 51 mpg (or 4.8 liters/100km).

The two iQ models currently offered are the 68hp 1.0-liter gasoline model and the 90hp 1.4-liter turbodiesel.

The iQ is just three meters long and Toyota claims it is the world’s smallest four-seater at just 3 meters (roughly 9.8 feet). You’d need to be an amputee from the waist-down to use the back seats though. And while the car is a hatchback, there’s about enough room behind the second row for a single sheet of paper.

The new 1.33-liter iQ will be offered in an iQ3 model, which comes with 16-inch wheels and a special Ash Grey paint.

GALLERY: Toyota iQ 1.33


More on the Toyota iQ after the jump:

New 1.33 / 99 hp petrol engine for the incredible iQ

  • New 1.33 Dual VVT-i petrol engine featuring Toyota Optimal Drive technology
  • 6-speed manual transmission with new Toyota Stop & Start technology fitted as standard
  • Exclusive iQ³ grade
  • Maximum 5-star Euro NCAP safety award

Less than 3 metres long, the incredible iQ is the world’s smallest 4-seater. Showcasing a revolution in compact design and ergonomic packaging, the iQ is the ultimate expression of refined yet environmentally friendly mobility. Practical, agile and highly manoeuvrable in urban environments, the new Toyota also offers all the long-range comfort, refinement and dynamic ability of compact segment vehicles.

iQ was launched in January with a choice of two powertrains: a 1.0 litre, 68DIN hp, VVT-i petrol engine and a 1.4 litre, 90DIN hp, D-4D turbodiesel. For customers requiring greater engine power and responsiveness, a new 1.33 litre, Dual VVT-i petrol powertrain featuring Toyota Optimal Drive technology will be available from late June 2009.

This advanced, 1.33 litre engine generates an impressive 99DIN hp and maximum torque of 125 Nm at 4400 rpm. The new powertrain may be mated to choice of two transmissions: a 6-speed manual transmission fitted, as standard, with Toyota’s economical Stop and Start system, and an optional, Multidrive transmission. Multidrive delivers an incredibly smooth, step-free shift feel, while optimising the balance between performance and fuel economy.

Toyota’s new Stop & Start system can reduce fuel consumption by up to 3%, depending on driving conditions. It automatically stops the engine when the shift lever is moved to the neutral position and the clutch pedal is released, enhancing fuel economy. The engine will automatically restart, within less than half a second, when the clutch pedal is depressed.

Such a rapid restart is made possible through the use of a permanently engaged gear mechanism in which the starter motor and the flywheel are linked, via a ring gear, by a one-way clutch. This maintenance-free system not only eliminates the torque limitations of a belt-driven starter motor, but also reduces engine start noise levels within the cabin, and seat vibration levels.

Equipped with the standard 6-speed transmission, the 1.33 litre iQ returns a frugal 4.8l/100km* in the combined cycle, while generating CO2 emissions of just 113g/km*. Toyota’s seamless, Multidrive transmission limits fuel consumption to only 5.1l/100km*, and CO2 emissions to 120g/km*.

1.33 Dual VVT-i engined versions of the new Toyota feature an exclusive new iQ3 grade, with unique 16” alloy wheels and an exclusive ash grey launch colour.

Despite its highly compact dimensions, the iQ has been designed to offer the highest levels of occupant protection and is fitted, as standard, with a comprehensive range of active and passive safety equipment. Benefiting from a Multi-load path body structure, nine airbags and Toyota’s advanced VSC+ traction control and dynamic stability technology, the iQ has been awarded a maximum, 5-star safety rating under the more stringent Euro NCAP test criteria introduced in January 2009.

*Subject to final homologation

Specifications (Subject to final homologation)


1.33 Dual VVT-i

Engine code



4-cylinder, in-line type

Fuel type

Premium (95 RON)

Valve mechanism

16-valve DOHC, chain drive with dual VVT-i



Bore x stroke (mm)

72.5 x 80.5

Compression ratio (:1)


Max. power (DIN hp) KW /rpm


Max. torque (Nm/rpm)


Emissions level




Front wheel drive


1.33-litre Dual VVT-i

Operation type

6-speed M/T


Gear ratios



2.386 – 0.426



















Differential gear ratio





6-speed Manuel Transmission


Max. Speed (km/h)



Fuel consumption


6-speed Manuel Transmission


Combined (l/100km)



CO2 emissions


6-speed Manuel Transmission


Combined (g/km)




1. The fuel consumption and CO2 values are measured in a controlled environment, in accordance with the requirements of Directive 80/1268/EEC incl. its amendments, on a basic production vehicle. For further information about the basic production vehicle, please contact your local PR-officer.

2. The fuel consumption and CO2 values of your vehicle may vary from those measured. Driving behaviour as well as other factors (such as road conditions, traffic, vehicle conditions, installed equipment, load, number of passengers, …) play a role in determining a car’s fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

  • Carm

    Nice, bring them to North America.

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