The 1990s Toyota Supra IV Is Still Capable Of Drawing A Crowd

The Supra nameplate is making a comeback as Toyota’s halo sports car, but its iconic predecessor still remains a favorite among petrol heads.

From the immensely powerful examples that have undergone major tuning to the ones kept in original condition by their owners, the original Toyota Supra is still a head-turner.

One of the latest examples to have gathered a large crowd was filmed in Birmingham, UK, during a local car meet. The sports car’s sonorous exhaust system drew people like a magnet, and its flame-spitting ability was an added bonus.

The fourth generation model was produced in Japan from 1993 to 2002. It was offered originally with a 3.0-liter inline-six in two versions, a 220 HP naturally aspirated and a twin-turbo with 320 HP mated to a 5-speed manual and a six-speed manual respectively, while a 4-speed automatic was also an option.

Its successor, on the other hand, is currently being co-developed with BMW’s new Z4. Previewed by the GR Supra Racing Concept in Geneva this spring, it has a unique design, which is very different from its German cousin.

Inside, users will be treated to sport seats, a three-spoke steering wheel with paddle shifters, a digital instrument cluster and metal trim.

Magna Steyr will start manufacturing it early next year, alongside the new BMW Z4, but we hope to see it before the end of 2018 at a major automotive event.

 

  • Christian Wimmer

    Can some please explain the hype about this car to me? I don‘t get it. Is it because of the „Fast and Furious“ movies that this car has somehow gained a following?

    Design wise I think it‘s a bland and dull design. I‘ve seen a handful of these on the road and they do nothing for me. In fact none of the Supra‘s ever looked good in my opinion – with the exception of the Celica-based 1979-1981 Toyota Supra A40 Series. That was and still is a good-looking car. The 1970s and early 1980s were the heyday of Toyota design IMO. American-inspired they may have been, but at least they looked good and got my heart pumping! 😀

    • Howfarr

      Because different people have different opinions

    • Vassilis

      F&F certainly played a big part but even before that, from Gran Turismo, the Supra was a legend. I think it’s a classic now, a really cool car and with the right engine a really good car as well.

    • Infinite1

      Toyota designed the 2JZ for it’s potential tuning capabilities. It had an iron block with forged internals from the factory,making it capable of handling bolt-ons with increases of up to 700 HP before the block needed to be rebuilt. Being mated to the indestructible Getrag V160 transmission made it a formidable foe against it’s rivals. Toyota built the engine and took a couple years to design and engineer the body for the 4th generation Supra so that it’s aerodynamics and weight could handle to engine and it’s potential. Even then, the 4th gen Supra was considered a heavy boat with it’s curb weight of 3485 lbs. It was designed and built with tuners in mind, tuners who wanted to modify and add more power. There isn’t really another car capable of this power for the money other than the Nissan Skyline of the era but they weren’t legal in the U.S. back then either and finding parts for them were normally derived from overseas unlike the Supra where all aftermarket tuners have entire catalogs dedicated to the Supra and the 2JZGTE.

      • Christian Wimmer

        Thanks for all the replies. 🙂

        I’ve heard of the tuning potential of these. But I’m a cruiser kind of guy who prefers stock cars, so a Camry or Avalon to me is “more appealing” than a Supra. I’m weird…

        But thanks again!

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