One of the best cars ever made
Before it was anything, it was a pony car. In 1964, Ford came out with the Mustang and launched the pony car craze: stylish, mid-priced sedans with big engines. After a while, Toyota wanted in. And they rolled out their rear-wheel drive Celica, in 1970. The car went through a few variations over the years, and in 1978, the Celica line produced the Celica XX. Toyota’s North America division didn’t like the name, so they renamed it the Celica Supra instead. The Supra was a more powerful version of the base car. In fact, it’s hood had to be made longer. Toyota took the legendary engine from their famous 2000GT sports car from the ‘60s, called the M-engine, and gave it two extra cylinders just for the Supra. Who do you think helped them engineer this new machine? Lotus. So Toyota Supra’s got to be more awesome, and Lotus Excels got less faulty parts. But, they still broke down.
Between Toyota’s engineering prowess, Lotus’ high-speed expertise, and a new six-cylinder engine, and the result was…not amazing, not terrible, but you know, gold star for effort. In 1981, the original A40 Celica Supra was updated into a new model, the A50. For whatever reason, nobody liked the term “A50”. Toyota never used this terminology, yet the style caught on, and now most people around the world refer to a Supra by its Mark. In 1986, it was at last time for the Supra to break free! As they updated the model again, Toyota split the Celica and the Supra into different lines.
This was the A70, or as everybody else called it, the Mk III. It featured a souped-up version of the M-engine, but you couldn’t really tell because it gained a lot of weight. 500 pounds. So, with the extra weight, the Mk III at the beginning really wasn’t that much better than the Mk II.
In 1987, somebody at Toyota slapped a turbocharger on the engine, creating the 7M-GTE; a legend the very last, and very best, of a remarkable engine line dating back to the ‘60s. An inline-6 producing 230HP, the 7M turbo was so good that somebody else at Toyota decided to re-brand the car as a new variant, the Supra Turbo. And this was the moment that the Supra began living up to its name. The Supra Turbo’s integrated rear spoiler made it look like something out of Star Wars, and its speed made it look like something out of Star Wars. Suddenly, the Supra was a car that you wanted.
And then in 1992, the Mk III evolved into its final form. A brand-new performance inline-6 for sports cars. It blasted past the old engine and created the fastest, and best version of this era of Supra. A tuned-up version of this was called the Twin Turbo R.
The A80, better known as the Mk IV. First released in 1993, the new Supra ditched the boxy look of the 1970s and went for a sleek, sexy blend of aerodynamics and awesome. It was even more powerful than the old car. And Toyota body-shamed it into losing some weight. For a total loss of over 200 pounds. Lighter and more powerful, the already pretty great Supra was now awesome! And so, it was official: the Mk IV Supra was the slowest car in the world. The Supra had the most powerful brakes and best stopping distance of any production car between 1997 and 2004.
The 2JZ is a more powerful version of the 1JZ, and it was indestructible. Than meant that any mechanic who knew what he was doing could swap out a few parts, crank up the boost is wasn’t long before people started talking crazy numbers, like 800HP. Out of all engines ever made, few were easier to modify and tune than the 2JZ. With the incredible engine, better turbos, Toyota’s first 6-speed gearbox, it went crazy fast, rode pretty comfortably, had four seats, looked good. And those awesome brakes that I mentioned before. The latest Supra was well and truly, the greatest. It could give the Porsches and Aston Matins of its day a run for their money, for half the cost. Even the Supra, as spectacular as it was, couldn’t convince people to fork over their money. Toyota pulled the Supra off the floor in America in 1998, and ceased sales around the world in 2002. The Supra was just too good for this world. But over the years, a chosen few have kept the dream alive. Tuners continue to find, mod, and sell Supras, which have quietly tuned the 20 year old car, into one of the most in-demand vehicles on the second hand market. A mint condition Mk IV can sell for 100,000$ today, even though it only would have cost around 40,000$ back when it was new. So if you have an old one lying around, you could be rich and not even know it. Whatever Toyota does or doesn’t do next, the Supra remain one of the best cars ever made.
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