GT vs GTS... The Best of Both Worlds?
I'm looking to purchase a Celica and can't decide on the model. Initially, I was convinced a GTS was the only way to go because I wanted the additional HPs. But I recently read something that's caused me to reconsider.
Most sources seem to claim the GT and GTS (stock) perform identically below 6K RPM, as the additional 40HPs on the GTS apparently only kick in at higher RPMs. But I've seen a few posts/articles (one on this site) which suggest the GT may actually out perform the GTS at lower RPMs (although I must admit I wasn't tech-savvy enough to understand the explanations given). Now I'm asking myself, since I spend most of my driving life below 6000 RPMs, which model makes more sense? Or can I have both...?
So, assuming the GT does in fact perform better at the lower end (and there's no question the GTS out performs at the higher end), what model makes the most sense if you want the best of both worlds? Would it be easier to modify the GT to improve it's performance at higher RPMs (which I'm assuming might involve something like a turbo or supercharger... but I'll be the first to admit I know just enough about this kind of stuff to be dangerous:), or does it make more sense to go with the GTS and improve its low end performance (which I'm assuming might involve changing gear ratios... same thing applies:)?
I ask because I'm looking for a later year, low mileage Celica, preferably a 2000-2005 with under 60,000 miles. So far, not an easy find, especially if I limit myself to GTSs. Based purely on availability, finding a a car which meets my criteria (which also includes having been well maintained and a clean title... I know, some people want it all:) is naturally going to be far easier for a GT than a GTS. But I'm willing to be patient and continue the hunt if it makes sense to do so. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Also, I like the look of the AP package, but of course, this thins the field even further. Can anyone give me an idea of the cost of an after market package (parts and labor, if possible)? And yes, I realize this will vary quite a bit, depending on circumstances (like location, year, etc), but I'm just looking for a rough idea (maybe a range?) so I can better compare vehicles with and without APs. Thanks in advance for any help!