Later today, the fifth generation Toyota Supra will make its worldwide debut at the 2019 Detroit Motor Show. This, alongside several high profile “leaks”, meant that the new Supra will have plenty of hype to live up to. Most of us petrol-heads are excited of course, but more than that, what most are wondering will probably be “How much will the Supra cost where I am?“.
But first, let’s look back at the history of the Toyota Supra. First produced in 1978, the Supra took cues from the Celica and was designed to be a sports car and grand tourer, featuring a wider and longer body shell. From 1986 onwards, the third-generation Supra stepped out from the shadows of the Celica, becoming a stand-alone model.
Our feature car this week is a fourth-generation Supra; code-named A80. Development for the A80 started in February 1989, eventually reaching production in 1993. It featured two engines, both of which were 3.0-litre in-line six; a naturally aspirated 2JZ-GE which 223 PS and 285 Nm, and a twin turbo-charged 2JZ-GTE which made 280 PS and 431 Nm. When Toyota finally exported the Supra outside of Japan (US and Europe), Toyota fettled with the 2JZ-GTE to produce more power; to the healthy tune of 324 PS and 427 Nm.
Even in stock form, the Toyota Supra was capable of much greatness — 4.6 seconds for the century sprint and up to a maximum speed of 285 km/h. JDM Supras were restricted to the 180 km/h top speed while other export variants had a capped vmax of 250 km/h. Don’t forget this was the early 90s when these feats were made possible!
Production of the A80 Supra finally ceased in 2002, after a nine year production run. Despite that, the Supra developed a cult following in many parts of the world, especially given the tune-ability of the 2JZ-GTE engine to churn out some ridiculous horsepower figures. It wasn’t until February 2014 when Toyota decided to submit a patent application to renew the Supra trademark in the US, then later on in June 2016 for trademark in Europe.
All we know is, the A90 Supra project has large shoes to fill. While we wait to get full details, we hope you enjoy our video.