Toyota Supra History
It’s not every day that a new sports car with incredible Japanese design and engineering comes along. With the all-new 2019 Toyota Supra, Toyota has conjured up a legend from the past, as this breathtaking sports car first took shape about 40 years ago.
Early Days of the Supra
The Supra name first surfaced on the 1979 Toyota Celica Supra, a larger revamping of the Celica sports coupe. The car’s second generation ran from 1981 to 1985, and the Mark 2 Celica Supra attracted drivers with its superior driving dynamics. Due to its various innovations — like its fierce new engines and independent semi-trailing arms — the new Supra garnered great acclaim and earned two Car and Driver 10Best Car awards in 1983 and 1984.
By the mid-1980s, the Celica and Supra parted ways, and the Supra surged ahead with its smooth, sporty style and six-cylinder power. 1986 marked the beginning of the third generation of the Supra, and the 1987 Supra Turbo gained a turbocharger. With its straight-six engine, the 1987 Supra delivered an impressive 230 horsepower and 246 lb-ft of torque.
The Supra entered its fourth generation in 1993, growing into a sophisticated modern sports car and achieving new heights of power and performance. The ‘93 Supra toppled giants of its segment from Nissan, Porsche, and others; its 3.0-liter inline-six engine achieved 320 horsepower and 0-60 mph in a mere 4.6 seconds.
Eventually, sales started to drop off, and Toyota stopped selling the car in the states in 1998.
The Supra Now
Although the original Supra was gone, it was not forgotten in the hearts and minds of American drivers. Recognizing American drivers’ desire for a vehicle like the Supra once more, Toyota unveiled a new 2020 model at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show this past January. The ferocious 2020 Supra comes equipped with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six mated to an advanced eight-speed automatic transmission, delivering 335 horsepower and beautifully modern driving dynamics.
The new 2020 Toyota Supra is coming soon. To learn more about how you can make one yours, stop into Hurlbert Toyota.