Our friends at XCAR have taken the time to train their lenses on the iconic Toyota Supra. With Toyota finally back into the performance car game, it seems only logical to remember one of the brand's most legendary sports cars. While we're all busy ladling praise onto the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ twins, it's important to remember that Toyota used to produce all manner of fun-to-drive machinery. The Supra once sat at the top of that list, its most recent iteration giving buyers the option of a ludicrous forced-induction inline six, gorgeous styling and plenty of presence.

Of course, the legend didn't stop once the Supra fell off American order sheets in 1998. Always an aftermarket darling, the Supra has gone on to become a tuner favorite in nearly every corner of grassroots motorsport. From drag racing to road racing and everywhere in between, the Supra is remains a force to be reckoned with nearly 15 years after it last prowled the US auto market. You can catch the tribute from XCAR below.



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      blasds78
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish the lead photo were of an unmolested Supra in red or black. I loved these cars...and the MR2 Turbo and Celica Turbo AllTrac. The Toyobarus have all the right elements, except for power.
        Zoom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @blasds78
        Hopefully the 86s are just the beginning.
        Riley McGinley
        • 1 Year Ago
        @blasds78
        As he said in the video, it's hard to find an Unmolested Supra. And considering that was the last Supra imported into the UK, I can see why they would feature it.
      avconsumer2
      • 1 Year Ago
      Miss those. :( & RX-7's & Prelude's wtf is wrong with import car co's these days? (rhetorical)
      Luis
      • 1 Year Ago
      While the Supra is an awesome car, I don't think it makes sense to say that Toyota is back at it with the GT-86. Everyone knows that car was engineered by Subaru from soup to nuts. Toyota did add the pretty styling and the direct injection technology but none of the bits that make the Gt-86 a great car. Their real attempt at a sports car market was with the Lexus LFA which I think most people agree is a car that ends up being less than the sum of its parts. The LFA was supposed to offer technology which would trickle down to lesser cars but after 10 years of development they ended up with something more or less immediately irrelevant. Over priced and under performing. So Toyota has a WAYS to go before regaining any former glory, but it sure seems like their President wants to get there.
        miketim1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luis
        Toyota has ways to go? Lexus ISF Lexus Lfa Lexus GS F-Sport Toyota Gt86 Get from under your rock
        SquareFour
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luis
        "Toyota didn't engineer anything. They took a Subaru Legacy and made it rear wheel drive. They did come up with the idea, but Subaru did the engineering. They brought over and engineer to add direct injection to the Subaru's engine. Oh, and they add their own suspension tuning to their version." Oh so wrong on just about every count. Do some research. Here's a start: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_86 "Everywhere you look it says Toyota realized they couldn't build it and basically pushed Subaru into it." As mentioned by Rich M, Subaru manufactures it, and they used existing Subaru bits where they could. The 86 platform is in no way, shape or form a RWD Legacy. It is a ground up, purpose-built platform. And, like I said, Toyota built a WORKING prototype with a boxer motor to convince Subie it was a sound plan. The original goal was an affordable moderately powered, light weight, balanced, sports car. Subie doesn't do RWD and that's why they were apprehensive. Toyota, meanwhile, had the engineering know-how (from their years in racing and building RWD sports cars), but needed someone to handle the manufacturing. During the engineering process, they realized they could use some existing Subaru parts and save money.
        SquareFour
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luis
        Also, form the link you provided (http://blog.toyota.co.uk/tada-how-toyota-and-subaru-created-the-gt86): "Then we built a PROTOTYPE based on a Subaru Legacy and that’s when the mindset seemed to change at Subaru. We lent them that car and the Subaru management came back to us and said, ‘this is such an interesting car. Every time we lend it out, it comes back with the rear tyres worn out!’" No where does he say the 86 platform is Legacy-based, and that's because it isn't. Everywhere else in the article Tada-san talks about the collaboration and friction between both sets of engineers. He mostly talks about why they chose Sub's boxer and adding D4S, and doesn't get into specific about the chassis. But someone designed that chassis, and it's implied it was Toyota and Subie jointly. Seriously, gang, read it for yourself and see why Luis is up in the night.
        blasds78
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luis
        On a loosely related note... Bravo for "soup to nuts". I hear "scoop to nuts" too often!
        Rich M.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luis
        you sure that it was engineered by subaru only from soup to nuts? take a look at pictures and videos of the car from 2008-2009 when it looked like a subaru test mule...and look at the german plates when it was being tested at the RING. you will see plenty of photos/videos it donning DAU0679 and DAU0684 german plates, its also the same plates that toyota used to test the LFA, ISF and pretty much every toyota "sporty" car in the last decade. when you see the videos from 08-11 the lead car was a blue ISF and all the support vehicles in the garage near the ring were Toyota vehicles. also how many RWD subarus were there before the BRZ. Answer, one, in the 60's. the team that worked on the FRS/GT/BRZ were a combination of toyota and subaru engineers. the only reason the car has subaru stamped all over from metal to parts because subaru was given manufacturing duties while toyota handled product planning and testing with the help of subaru. what's more feasable toyota or subaru coming out with a RWD sports car? subaru didn't even want anything to do with the car because it was RWD, but when Toyota owns shares of FHI, its hard to say no. toyota could've built this car on their own. if they can build an LFA they can certainly build an affordable sports car... but how affordable did they want it to be. initial testing had them test an I4 but they felt it wasn't right, the notes came back with in order for them to achieve what they wanted they need a rotary or boxer motor. if they designed their own boxer motor this car wouldn't be in the mid $20k but closer to mid $30k. by using the EJ20 and reworking the internals and adding D4S they were able to get the boxer motor they needed without spending more money on an all new toyota motor.
          Rich M.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rich M.
          Luis: you basically shot yourself in the foot. where does it say subaru was in charge of engineering? everything about toyota building the prototype on a legacy chassis, the d4s, the story of the project all show it as toyota project with the help of subaru engineers and not the soup to nuts your rambling about. what makes you think they can't build it? subaru was brought in for one reason only cost and help with the project. pictures below of the cars from test mule to pre-production, along with other toyota tested at the ring in 07 and 08. sure they were just there testing suspension for 4 years. mule: http://www.ft86club.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=120&stc=1&d=1255448816 pre prod: http://toyobaru.net/gallery/data/502/2012-toyota-ft-86-scion-fr-s-spy-shots_100349822_l.jpg lfa 2008: http://www.blog.automotiveaddicts.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/lexus-lf-a-nurburgring.jpg lfa 2010: http://cdn.thelexusenthusiast.com/images/weblog/10-06-22-lexus-lfa-nurburgring-version-front.jpg isf: http://admin.totalcarscore.com/data/extensions_data/galleries/4/4/f/6/8/62//originals/lexus-is-f-convertible.jpg brz: http://www.ausmotive.com/images2011/Subaru-BRZ-spied-Oct2011.jpg - front bumper and license plate
          Luis
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Rich M.
          I'm sorry but you are just confirming what I said. Toyota came up with the idea and quickly realized they could not build it and recruited Subaru. Subaru engineered the car soup to nuts as I said. Yeah, they needed convincing, but what Toyota did is make a Subaru Legacy into a rear drive car. They didn't engineer anything else. They did at their own suspension tuning to their version of it. But the everything in the car, except for the DI was Subaru. Sorry to burst your bubble. Check this link: http://blog.toyota.co.uk/tada-how-toyota-and-subaru-created-the-gt86
        SquareFour
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Luis
        It's funny, after all the info out there concerning Toyota's role in the 86's development, that this falsehood still exists. I mean, hell, Toyota devoted one of their top engineers to oversee the project! That ought to tell you something. Subie originally didn't think it was feasible and wanted no part of it. Toyota even had to engineer a running prototype just to prove to Subaru it was a sound idea. Anyway, point is, Toyota was deeply involved in the engineering side of things. With Toyoda himself dictating what he wanted it to "feel" like, Toyota had to be there to make it come to fruition as he envisioned.
          Luis
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SquareFour
          Toyota didn't engineer anything. They took a Subaru Legacy and made it rear wheel drive. They did come up with the idea, but Subaru did the engineering. They brought over and engineer to add direct injection to the Subaru's engine. Oh, and they add their own suspension tuning to their version. Everywhere you look it says Toyota realized they couldn't build it and basically pushed Subaru into it.
      Scott
      • 1 Year Ago
      So similar performance numbers to a 2002 Camaro. Not really that impressive.
      jebibudala
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Supra is the fastest and most powerful car of all time. It came stock with a single turbo, 1,000 whp, and a 10,000rpm redline.
      Kyle
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a terrible example of a Supra to display. Automatic and with an ugly body kit. Missed opportunity to talk about one of the greatest cars of all time (probably the greatest tuner car). Shame
      imag
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 370Z sport package will outperform the legendary Supra turbo in every way - and for $20K less than the Supra cost over a decade ago. I'm sure Nissan thought enthusiasts woud be all over it, but no one is buying them. It's a shame.
        miketim1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @imag
        im pretty sure alot of new cars our perform the supra. But alot of cars dont carry that heavy weight Supra name. Sorry bub. I would take a stock slower supra over a new 370z anyday
          Devin Baker
          • 1 Year Ago
          @miketim1
          Rayvan, performance isn't everything sometimes. Having the fastest car in the world is a futile (ask Bugatti) venture. When you understand this notion, you'll understand the supra. Buuut, since you seem to be very performance minded: the 2JZGTE is one of the strongest motors ever built. It can reliably put out 700whp on bolt-ons alone, or in other words, on stock internals. So if you really wanna go fast, go get a supra, spend a few grand on power, and yes, you will really spank that douche in the Ferrari, just like in Fast N Furious. And in my opinion, you'll look better doing it too.
          Rayvan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @miketim1
          So, performance is not your thing?
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      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      My friend is a fabricator. . .he's building a roll cage for a Supra right now that's pushing 1300WHP. Yes, the W stands for WHEEL (not brake). It's ugly as hell, but it sure goes, Goes, GOES.
      Rich M.
      • 1 Year Ago
      the new Supra was always available its just TMS, TMM, Distribution felt it wasn't worth doing. it wouldn't have been like the MkIV supra that everyone wants but a supra that would be like a 350Z/G35c and 370Z/G37c. nissan was able to revive the Z nameplate by using a platform of another vehicle for costs and toyota could've done it with 2nd gen IS and now with the 3rd gen IS. you have a RWD chassis with 306 N/A HP, develop a 6spd manual specifically for the car, retune the chassis, suspension, streering for a sports car, give it a different exterior in either a 2 door coupe or liftback form, interior can be a 2 seater but 2+2 is probably the way to go, have marketing harken back to the orginal supra before F/I and charge $35-38l for it. there goes your MKV supra. who knows maybe they do come out with F/I supra but I highly doubt it because there's no engines they have currently displacing 3.0L or more that's F/I in a car. so form a costs stand point that's not going to happen even with the market switching to F/I.
      msg
      • 1 Year Ago
      automatic?
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      The new supra was due a decade ago. C'mon Toyota get with the program... Its spec should be on par with the 370Z.
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