Supra car is a super car. The Toyota Supra, made commercially mainstream by the movie “The Fast & The Furious” lives in rarified air when it comes to ‘90’s sports cars. The Supra was bold, it was beautiful and it was downright fast. Its inline 6-cylinder motor coupled to dual sequential turbo chargers was a force to be reckoned with. The MKIV Toyota Supra held onto the American market from 1993.5 to 1998 when the last Supra was imported from Japan for sale in the States.
It was a Toyota however, which made for a difficult sell to those in the $40,000 sports car market at the time. The Supra, with its radical styling, oversized spoiler and space ship interior was up against the more conventional Corvette and 911. When you sit back and think about a mid-40’s executive/lawyer/doctor, you don’t think about a Supra, you see Porsche or Corvette. That was Toyota’s problem. It was a problem that they didn’t solve, as the fourth generation Supra lasted only 5 short years on the shelves. Toyota unloaded around 18,000 Supras, split between the naturally aspirated model and Turbo versions.
As time moved forward, the Supra generated a sort of cult following in the tuner world. Once the aftermarket realized the fact that the 2JZ-GTE engine platform was capable of withstanding quadruple digit power numbers, the race was on. Anyone who was lucky enough to own a Twin-Turbo model in the late 1990’s to early 2000’s had their hands on a rare stock, whose value just skyrocketed.
The tuner world now realized that the Supra car, was in fact, a super car. They all wanted one. Everywhere you looked people were pumping tens of thousands of dollars into these cars, adding huge single turbos, massive intercoolers, upgraded fuel injectors and mapping software. 1,000 horsepower examples were popping up here and there and the Supra community loved it. The bottom end of the 2jz motor became the stuff of legends, and the Getrag 6-speed transmission case that was mated to it was not to be shown up. It also earned cult status by proving that it could withstand the pressures of processing 1,000 horsepower from engine to rear wheels.
The Supra car itself is a rare breed, but there are a handful of specific model combinations that are ultra-rare. If you manage to come across a late model Royal Sapphire Pearl model, (it’s a purplish blue color) outfitted with a 6-speed tranny and a hard top, you’ve found a rare gem. The Supra was offered with two options from a roof perspective; Hard Top or Targa Top. The targa top had a certain cool factor, mine was a targa after all, but the engineers decided that additional bracing was required to support the car and increase torsional rigidity. This bracing added weight, around 80 pounds, but in the world of motorsports, where every pound counts, this was a lot of weight. That’s why the purists prefer the hard top models. The hardtops however are significantly more rare. Find one with a 6-speed and you’re looking at a rare beast.
So what did we learn? The Toyota Supra MKIV was an impressive vehicle from start to finish. It is rare, it was groundbreaking, and it really was a Supra Car.