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Toyota Supra

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26 August 2013

It’s 20 today since the introduction of the generation of the Toyota Supra. It was a car offered genuine supercar with pace to rival the 911 Turbo – at half the price.

It has become a cult icon, just 600 sold in the three it was officially available in the UK. But demand for the and eminently tuneable, Supra a continual flow of imports Japan. Today almost are thought to be on British roads.

The nameplate was originally affixed to an Celica. In 1978, Toyota a grand tourer to compete the Datsun Z cars which the market. The Celica Supra saw a of six-cylinder engines replace the Celica’s four-bangers.

It wasn’t until a year that the car was exported outside of and it wasn’t until a year the 1981 introduction of the second-generation that it was available to British

Although sharing much the standard Celica, the Mk2 Celica was all-new from the B-pillars with a longer wheelbase and a nose that afforded for a revised range of six-cylinder Only the 2.8-litre 5M-GE cam engine was offered in the UK. The straight six 178bhp and 212lb ft, making an 0-60mph possible.

Power was transferred through a of five-speed manual or four-speed ‘boxes to the rear wheels. rear suspension was fitted as

The Mk2 was the first Supra to achieve success. Win Percy and Barry turned it into a race in the British Saloon Car Championship forerunner to the BTCC), and Per Eklund it to the top of the podium in Group A rallying.

For a time, the Mk2 and Mk3 were sold each other, but it was the third-generation to become a standalone model: the became front-drive, and the Supra rear-drive duties.

The Mk3 Supra featured double with the upper arms from forged aluminium. A of engines were available, but naturally aspirated and latterly versions of the 7M-GTE were in the UK. A Japan-only 270bhp 3.0-litre was developed to ensure eligibility for and rally championships around the

Despite its race car pretensions, the was a superb GT, offering impressive and a decent amount of standard indeed options were to metallic paint, leather and an automatic gearbox.

A turbocharged was introduced to the UK market in 1989, after the car was facelifted. Power by 15 per cent and torque by 35 per cent, cut the 0-60 by 1.9sec to 6.1sec. engine was eventually replaced by a twin-turbocharged engine from the new JZ series.

The Japanese sports car market was a purple patch by the time the Mk4 was introduced in 1993. The Nissan Mazda RX-7 and Honda NSX receiving plenty of plaudits and the MX-5 was selling in huge

The flowing lines of the Mk4 was a world from the wedgy Mk3. The new car was shorter and wider and weighed less. It was available with the 2JZ engine, in naturally aspirated and guises.

Power was rated 220bhp in naturally aspirated up to 326bhp for twin-turbo UK models.

European buyers could enjoy the hotter of the two engines, offered performance comparable the 993-generation of the Porsche 911 Turbo, a car cost almost twice as The Supra’s power delivery road testers of the day: 90 per of torque was available between and 4500rpm and top speed was pegged at

It became an immediate hit with tuners, who proved the 2JZ was capable of up to 2041bhp. One tuner Top Secret, tried to hit 200mph on the A1 in Cambridgeshire, to the arrest of Top Secret boss, Nagata.

The fourth-gen car enjoyed the successful racing career of any competing at Le Mans and Pikes But it is the All-Japan GT Championship racers are most fondly remembered. The competed from 1995 to clocking up dozens of wins.

The Supra was discontinued in the UK in 1996, and in America two years later. The axe fell on the small number of built for the Japanese market in due to increasingly stringent emission

So what next for the Supra? bosses have voiced support for a replacement, and hopes been raised with the FT-HS concept shown at the Detroit motor show, but no announcements have been about a production replacement.

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