The legend returns. After four generations of production over four decades, the Toyota Supra is now returning to the market for the very first time after production indefinitely came to a halt in 2002. It is one of the most legendary sports cars in Toyota history and we, just like everyone else, are surprised to see that it has come back!
Let’s dig in and find out why the Supra is awaiting its new, grand release.
The History of the Toyota Supra
The very first Toyota Supra release was in 1979 and was somewhat of a sequel to the Celica lineup at the time. It was made to be the “premium” model on top of the line of Celicas with better power capabilities and upgraded features, including those we now take for granted, from air conditioning to AM/FM stereo.
This car showcased the introduction of things like automatic climate control and power windows, which would not long after become a standard in Toyota models.
Innovations in Technology and Performance – A Legendary Sports Car
The 2020 Supra made its debut this past year and this thing looks more powerful than ever. Thanks to the collaboration with BMW, it utilizes a 3.0L turbocharged six cylinder engine, giving it 335 hp and a whopping 365 lb-ft of torque. With a rear-wheel drive system, it can get from 0-60 in 4.1 second, reaching 155 mph maximum.
It shares a platform with the BMW Z4, which helps to even out the weight in the car. Some additional features include aluminum control arms, Michelin Pilot Support, and adaptive dampers.
A Timeline of the Toyota Supra
- Toyota Supra – First Generation (1979-1981)
The first Toyota Supra featured a 2.6-liter, six-cylinder engine with 136 lb-ft of torque and 110 hp. It was made just over 5 inches bigger than the Celica and came with an optimum sports package at the end of the era, giving drivers the option for an additional rear spoiler and firm suspension. As time went on, the company gradually increased the engine power up to a 2.8-liter inline-six engine with 166 hp.
- Toyota Supra – Second Generation (1982-1986)
The second generation Toyota Supra was powered by a 2.8-liter, six-cylinder inline engine with 155 lb-ft of torque and 145 hp. It came in both a Luxury L-Type model and a performance model, each of which featured power windows, power mirrors, and cruise control, among other things.
The 1982 model had independent semi-trailing arms that replaced the rear axle, helping to increase the overall handling. By 1985, the engine had been replaced by a 2.8-liter inline twin-cam with 145 hp, a solid stretch from the previous year.
- Toyota Supra – Third Generation (1986-1992)
The third generation Supra, marketed as the 1986.5, got rid of the “Celica” brand that it once had before. The car featured a 3.0-liter inline six with 196 lb-ft of torque and 200 hp, taking it a long way from the second generation, though it was actually a bit heavier. The platform was also upgraded to front-wheel drive.
Drivers had the choice of a sports package as well, while both the standard and sports packages offered one-touch power windows, automatic climate control, and completely adjustable seating. By 1987, the Supra Turbo model was introduced, providing 230 hp, 246 lb-ft of torque, and a 0-60 time of 6.4 seconds.
- Toyota Supra – Fourth Generation (1993-2002)
The fourth generation Supra focused on pure performance by cutting the weight down by nearly 200 pounds. It was the first time that the company had done a full redesign from the foundation. There were two engine options, including a 3.0-liter inline with 220 hp or a turbo 3.0-liter inline six with 320 hp. The six-speed manual version clocked in a 5.2 seconds in 0-60 time testing. It was during this era that the car became the main vehicle in the “Fast and the Furious” movies, driven by none other than Paul Walker himself.
- Toyota Supra – Fifth Generation (2019-Present)
In 2019, Toyota debuted the 2020 Toyota Supra, marketed as the GR Supra, with a second major redesign. The 2020 Toyota Supra just recently debuted with a 3.0-liter turbocharged engine, 335 hp, and 365 lb-ft of torque. It features a curvy hood line, a double-bubble, GT-style roof, and rear spoiler integration.
The weight distribution was made to be near perfect paired up with the rear-wheel drive. There will be 1500 of the GR Supra Launch Edition cars, available in a variety of cool colors including Nocturnal Black, Absolute Zero, and Renaissance Red.
The Toyota Supra In the News
A number of Toyota Supras were just found completely demolished after a truck driver got into an accident while transporting them to the showroom. The cause of the accident is still unknown, though investigators are working to find out what the cause for such an expensive accident might have been.
Celebrity Endorsements of the Toyota Supra
Considering how long it has been around, it is no surprise that there are many celebrities who own or are affiliated with the Toyota Supra. Some of those celebrities include Chef Gordon Ramsay, Chris Harris, and Paul Walker.
Best Toyota Supra Groups
The Toyota Supra – The Most Iconic Japanese Sports Car
With decades of legendary status under its belt and a brand new iteration on the way, it’s safe to say that the Supra is a halo car for Toyota. With a powerful engine and a sports car feel, its rebirth will put it in line with the array of upcoming supercars in the industry.