Toyota Supra: The story so far of the Japanese sports car icon

Roadshow | 2/13/2018 | Jon Wong
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Missing in action after 1998.

We last saw the Toyota Supra grace showrooms in the US during the 1998 model year after other Japanese sports cars like the Mazda RX-7, Nissan 300ZX and Mitsubishi 3000GT had abandoned the market. However, with a sizable brigade of Japanese performance cars like the Nissan 370Z, Nissan GT-R, Honda Civic Type R, Acura NSX and Subaru BRZ available today, it may just be an ideal time for a Supra to resurface.

Shortage - Rumors - Supra - Coming - FT-1

There's been no shortage of rumors regarding a new Supra coming and the FT-1 concept that Toyota uncovered a few years back looks like a fantastic start to what a next-generation car could look like. To further excite enthusiasts, the Japanese car maker has announced that it will show a new concept in Geneva that "signals Toyota's commitment to bring back to the market its most iconic sports car."

As we wait to see if the new concept does indeed carry the Supra name when it debuts next month, let's take a look at the story so far of Toyota's most noteworthy performance vehicle.


How the Supra started.

On Jan. 1, 1979, Toyota officially introduced the Supra in the US as an offshoot of the Celica lineup with a base price of $10,118. A 2.6-liter inline six-cylinder engine with 110 horsepower and 136 pound-feet of torque powered the Celica Supra. A five-speed manual transmission was standard, while a four-speed automatic was available as an option. To accommodate the larger six-pot engine, the front of the car was stretched by approximately 5-inches over the standard Celica.

Toyota - Supra - Model - Celica - Lineup

Toyota originally saw the Supra as a premium model in the Celica lineup with more power and standard features like air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, AM/FM stereo and optional leather interior and sunroof. The Celica Supra was also the first Toyota vehicle in the...
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