Supra Information

Toyota Supra

The Supra and ultra high-performance Supra Turbo are largely unchanged for 1995. Toyota would like to see the Supra eat into Porsche's 911 market-not so much for the sales numbers but to share the prestige that the Porsche has gained over its three decades.

The name Supra was first used on the Celica Supra-a 6-cylinder version of the second-generation Celica fastback-in 1978. It debuted as the first Toyota with electronic fuel injection and since then remained the platform for all new Toyota technology. The much more ambitious second-generation Supra was introduced in 1986. At first it was the Japanese answer to the Camaro, but in 1987, with the debut of the Turbo model, they went after the Corvette. And, according to Car and Driver, could match it blow for blow for around $8000 less. It could match it in 0-60 races and begin to pull away around 100 thanks to the world's first dual overhead cam, 4-valve, intercooled and turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine. With the shear number of modification kits available today which, if going all out, can pump up the horsepower into the 600hp range, this model remains one of the most flexible Supras ever built. Many compare the 7M-GTE motor of the 3rd generation Supra to the venerable "350" from GM. It's a true "modders" car.

The latest Supra, introduced in 1993, can be compared with the Nissan 300ZX, Mazda RX-7, Mitsubishi 3000GT or Chevrolet Corvette. In terms of objective performance and handling, ride and passenger accommodation, the Supra is at least a match for its competitors and generally superior. It has all of the components necessary to compete with the best of sports cars. Every chassis component is beautiful: the huge aluminum brake calipers, the cast-aluminum front crossmember, a sophisticated suspension, excellent aerodynamics and the dual turbochargers. These last items are similar to those on the Mazda RX-7-a small turbo provides boost early, joined by a larger turbo as engine speed goes up, to provide the high volume needed to generate 320 hp. Turbo lag is greatly reduced with this setup.

The 2+2 coupe has an optional removable aluminum roof panel, a 4-speed automatic with a manual shift mode, or a 6-speed Toyota/Getrag manual gearbox. The Turbo wing, influenced by the Ferrari F40, actually provides 66 pounds of downforce to keep the rear wheels planted on the pavement at higher speeds.

PRICE: $37,300-$50,600

Body Style/Seats: Coupe/2+2 Engine: NonTurbo: 220hp/210ft-lb 3.0-liter dohc I6 Turbo: 320hp/315ft-lb 3.0-liter dohc turbo I6 Transmission: NonTurbo: 5M, Opt: 4A (with gear hold) Turbo: 6M, Opt: 4A (with gear hold) Suspension, f/r: A-Arm/A-Arm Wheelbase: 100.4 in Length/Width/Ht: 177.7/71.3/50.2 in Track, f/r: 59.9/60.1 in Brakes, f/r: Disc/Disc, ABS (swirl venting & 4 piston calipers) Tires: NonTurbo: F: 225/50ZR16, R: 245/50ZR16 Turbo: F: 235/45ZR17, R: 255/40ZR17 Min. Curb Weight: 3225 lb Cargo Capacity: 10.1 cu ft Restraints: Dual Airbags Fuel Economy, City/Hwy: 19/24 mpg Basic Warranty, Months/Miles: 36/36,000

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