- JDM Engine Option 1: 2,997 cc 2JZ-GE I6
- JDM Engine Option 2: 2,997 cc 2JZ-GE I6 Twin Turbo
- Fuel Consumption: 8 l / 100km
- Curb Weight: 1,510 kg non turbo and 1,570 kg turbo
- Size: L 4,510 mm x W 1,811 mm x H 1,275 mm
We have to admit that when we wrote the engine name and “twin turbo”, we got the chills. What more can you want? This car is basically the dream of anyone who was born in the 90’s and is a petrolhead. This together with the Fast and Furious movies and the Need for Speed Series of games makes this beautiful Japanese creation one of the most desirable cars in the world.
Most people, when they hear the word Supra they almost immediately think about the JZA80 model, but the first Supra appeared in 1981 and it was originally named ‘Celica Supra’. Throughout the years the model suffered minor changes, but in 1993 Toyota decided that the Supra will be the type of car to head one on one with European and American high performance machines.
The most powerful model had 326 bhp and it was a Europe exclusive. With a 0 – 100 km/h in as low as 4.6 seconds and a very good price back then, the Supra was the obvious choice. Handling-wise, it’s not that great. It is a heavy bruiser and you do get a bit of understeer when you try to flip it hard into a corner. This is however very insignificant today, as with a good suspension and the right settings the Supra can become a track monster.
But let’s not beat around the bush. The main reason people buy the car now is because of that 2JZ Twin Turbo Engine. It’s built to last. It can withstand twice the power with very few changes and together with the manual transmission it makes this an analog masterpiece. You would think that a car that is this heavy and with over 300bhp automatically has a heavy clutch, but it’s actually very well weighted.
Because it’s an old and popular Japanese car you rarely find one that is in stock condition, as most of the ones you find on the market are generally tuned up even to 1000+ bhp. I’m not saying that this necessarily a bad thing, but this means that the stock ones are very expensive now.
The automatic is actually good, but because this is an over 14-year-old car it means that it’s not the best and they are known to fail a lot. Most people would prefer a Supra with a manual transmission, it’s obvious. If you search on eBay or even through car auctions you would be amazed to see that the manual version can be around 30 to 50% more expensive than the automatic.
Finally, the brakes are not bad, but in our opinion Toyota could have done a little bit better.
For us the Toyota Supra JZA80 is the absolute icon of 90’s Japanese motoring. A period when cars were over engineered to a point that they are still very much good to go 20 years down the line. The Supra can be admired from any angle because its form is just right and when you look at it, it’s like having relieved all the good parts of your childhood in an instant.
What others say
www.roadandtrack.com: “The final Supra wasn’t a sports car. It was 3285 pounds of co-branding and moist-palm imagination. This is the car that WON. This is the car that survived the first movie.”
www.edmunds.com: “Though not currently in production, the Toyota Supra remains one of Toyota’s most popular models with performance enthusiasts.”