Toyota Supra sports cars

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Toyota Supra

– real sports cars

The Supra did not have a long for a Toyota, but it gained a lot of friends and when it was here. Known for its orientation, snug cabin, and a strong turbo engine, the greatly helped Toyota’s among motorheads for a while. a high price kept it selling well, and it eventually away from American later, Japanese sales

Introduced in 1979 as a model of the ( Supra comes from and means “above,” so the Supra is the Celica), the Supra has been to the acclaimed 2000GT sports whose straight-six engine it at first it had a solid-axle rear and the twelve-valve engine only 110 hp, with fuel injection. The was longer than the Celica by a good five inches.

wheel disc brakes standard, as was a five-speed manual a four-speed automatic, unusual in three-speed times, was optional. The strut suspension included a bar, and the rear suspension had a and sway bar.

In Japan, the almost immediately gained turbo power from a T03 unit (which would popular with Chrysler in years), which boosted to a more reasonable 145 hp when up to a 2-liter straight-six. In the United there were minor changes and formerly-optional steel became standard. A year the six cylinder was boosted to 2.8 liters to 116 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque, and gearing in the changed.

The sports package available with suspension front and rear spoilers, and minor additions.

The second began in 1982, with the new engine producing 145 hp (it bumped to 150 in 160 in 1984, and 161 by 1986), as well as an rear suspension to keep all tires on even bumpy The original Supra was not a true but at the time, the power was pretty especially from 2.8 liters.

Hidden headlights, flush-mounted handles, and other changes bring the drag coefficient to a respectable 0.348, good for a when most automakers have their own wind The engine was small (2.8 but it was a smooth-running straight-six with overhead cams (driven by timing belts) and electronic injection; hydraulic lash kept the valves adjusted to clearance to reduce maintenance claimed this was the world’s twin-cam engine to do that).

times were quoted in as “under 9 seconds,” again for the time if commonplace today; and was before even the first bump. The unusual four-speed transmission now had a locking torque to reduce slippage at speeds 35 mph.

Associated systems not neglected; four-wheel vented brakes were standard, with variable boost rack and pinion steering, and a overdrive manual transmission.

The Supra had a 103 inch wheelbase and was inches long; weight was pounds, so acceleration was good if not In addition, two models were a performance and luxury model, P and L respectively, with different and tires, suspension tuning, and treatments and options. Both a standard five-speed manual rack and pinion steering variable power assist, ventilated power disc power locks, power and cruise control.

Optional inch wheels included radials – consider the Celica GT came with radials! Standard tires 195/70SR14, bigger than any option. Halogen headlamps and fog were standard, as well as side moldings, dual mirrors, and an electric rear defogger and wiper/washer.

A rear was optional. Other comfort included standard cruise FM stereo, leather-wrapped wheel, hood, fuel-door, and rear releases, thermostatically-controlled air conditioning, adjustable driver’s seat, and Dolby cassette. The L type had seats, digital gauges, and a computer; the P type had fender to support wider tires, and a differential.

Options included a five-spaker system, electric sunroof, and paint. The Supra remained as a Celica, though, and had a practically interior unless the digital were used.

In 1983, changed the four-speed automatic the world’s first electronically automatic transmission to offer the choice between power and with the push of a button. The wrote:

“Long, low, and sleek, Supra’s thorough-bred slip through the wind little more than a Both models – the styled Supra and the luxurious L-Type – are powered by a six-cylinder 2.8 liter Twin Cam fuel-injected engine. It delivers a 150 horsepower at 5,200 rpm, 159 ft-lbs of torque at 4,400 the cockpit has every performance an enthusiast could ask for, Sport Seats with designed eight-way adjustable seat.”

The Supra came its own midyear in 1986, with a sportier look; it gained 480 but the engine was expanded to a full liters and given 24 valves, for a good 200 horsepower (at the time, were getting less 150 hp from 3 liters). An air-to-air turbocharged edition (the worked at over 100,000 really put the power to the ground a whopping 230 horsepower, and included ignition and, if ordered the automatic, a tougher four-speed

A sports package added an adjustable suspension and limited-slip Reviewers liked the front but found the rear seats to be for show than for real gas mileage was good on the highway, in the city. This Supra had a 102 inch wheelbase and 182 inch keeping about the same

Antilock brakes were as an option in 1987, and a driver’s airbag was added in 1990.

As described the Supra in 1987: its already striking performance and this world-acclaimed sports car a power-packed turbocharged model strengthens its world-class status. independent suspension, both and rear, similar to the double suspension design of a Formula One car. Inside is a world of car sophistication.

A standard driver’s Sport adjusts eight ways to fit you a steering wheel telescopes and and remembers your most tilt setting. A sophisticated system rivals concert-hall They also noted the super monitor/trip computer and deterrent system.

The fourth 1993, reached new heights in power and price. Standard included dual airbags and antilock disc brakes; the included traction control, a slip differential, and sport suspension. The optional sport struck a balance between and T-top designs.

The design more rounded, as was the fashion of the with rounded headlights, up on the previous popups. Turbo had a high spoiler and six-speed transmission (or four-speed automatic); the was 1996, when the manual was not as Toyota worked around Federal requirements.

The “big of the 1993 models was the power: the model shot up to a full 220 not far from the previous year’s output, while the twin reached an amazing 320 horsepower and 315 of torque, giving the Supra the powerful mass-produced engine of any car in the United States at the time, and it a true supercar.

1998 was the year for the Supra in the United and it ceased production entirely in due to slow sales. During time, it gave Toyota a sporty tinge. For a good of years, the Supras challenged the quite credibly – greater comfort and dependability.

Toyota Supra car reviews

by Boxall special to all reserved

I remember seeing the advertisements for the Toyota Supra in the UK press way back in 1993. To an young man, on the cusp of driving, the emotions I felt as my followed the curves of the gorgeous body must have similar to how I would have if it had been 1961 and I had just eyes on the Jaguar E-type for the time.

If we ignore the cultural impact and of the big Cat, there are similarities. share that runway bonnet and the rounded rump, could crack 150mph and had the power to attract as many of the opposite … as the owner handle in one night.

The Supra was in two flavours, the sensible 3.0 litre and the barking twin-turbo model. in the range you could also a targa roof version as an ‘aero-top’ and in 1997 your would have had a few cosmetic and some exterior badges ‘15th Anniversary Limited The year after, the normally model gained a VVTi

Other than that, the Supra barely changed its nine year history.

To not a car for this amount of time is a to the excellent design of both the and the chassis; if it ain’t broke, fix it. As with the MR2 Turbo, the UK was flooded Japanese imports, due to the cheaper and higher specification. UK versions easy to spot as they had an adjustable front spoiler and a scoop on the turbo models.

into the Supra was an event in The dashboard surrounded the driver, the hugged you in position and your fell naturally to the gear Looking down the long before glancing in the rear-view to be confronted by the outrageous rear ensured the driver was under no about the Supra’s intentions.

car was made to look good and be very, very fast.

The 3.0 24 valve DOHC was a great car to easy smooth and quick for most drivers. The engine was a gem, so silky during it was easy to climb into figures before settling a cruise, the engine seemingly just coming on song. The wheel drive configuration the drivers inner hooligan to itself once on a while, but the of the car put pay to this unless you were violent with the clutch.

The 220bhp is hardly feeble, but compared to the 320bhp from the 3.0 turbo-charged monster it was a world Oversteer was not hampered by the weight In less than 5 seconds you saw the end of 60mph and the car continued on until it the all-important 150mph barrier.

both the turbos were the boost pinned you back your seat with Lag was not an issue, the car simply carried on you ran out of road or more likely,

If I am honest, I found the twin-turbo a intimidating around town. The is a big car and it has a lot of power on tap, and I would do not to put a scratch on the body! Once on the road, the car ate up long journeys a good GT should.

I never fatigued from driving the and I would always arrive at my feeling fresh, no matter the involved. Of course, this was the Supra’s downfall for me; I simply do the mileage to justify such a car as

The usual downsides existed of massive fuel consumption of the massive insurance costs and servicing bills. Essentially, as as your wallet was massive, you enjoy the massive performance of the twin-turbo. Obviously, things slightly cheaper with the model, but I defy anyone who this car to say they have not on more than one occasion they had plumped for the turbo

Aside from the near looks, the other thing attracted the most comments the car was the rear wing. I experienced side to this, as the 3.0 did not have the and the twin-turbo did. It was either haven’t you got that spoiler’ or massive spoiler ruins a car’!

I loved the wing it finished off the look perfectly, but I did the lines without it too.

In the UK a Supra can be picked up for silly A quick browse of the classifieds non-turbo Supra’s from and twin-turbo’s from £7000 up. is no denying that this is a lot of especially as it was 50K plus on release.

this plentiful supply mean that there is a share of dogs about and looking for an un-modified car will quite a job on their hands.

is because the Supra lends to tuning rather well, its engine good for massive bhp before anything needs to be inside. There is also a of parts available from single turbo conversions, controllers and masses of induction and options. Tuning a Supra is a case of picking a bhp figure you to achieve and getting out your as pretty much anything can be

In 2002 the Supra was discontinued due to sales. Although the new Celica and MR2 are and capable sports cars, is a large Supra shaped in Toyota’s current line up. has it there will be a new model one day, but until then any driver and car fan should be thankful a car as stunning and powerful as the Supra was at all.

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