The legendary Toyota Supra was first launched as the “Celica” Supra
in the year 1979 which featured a high-performance sport coupe for the American car enthusiasts. The first generation Supra
was stylized with the popular Celica liftback design and was powered with a 2.6-liter inline-6 engine which was the first Toyota-production engine to be equipped with electronic fuel injection. The Supra was available with both a manual and automatic transmission, and came standard with 4-wheel-independent suspension and 4-wheel disc brakes.
In 1981, the Toyota Supra
was redesigned with a 2.8-liter single overhead cam engine, a revised 4-speed automatic transmission and final drive gearing and was optionally available with a new Sport Suspension package. A few more changes were made on the 1982 and 1984 Car Models
including engine modifications, wider wheels and tires and redesigning interiors to give a sportier look. The new 1982 Supra won Motor Trend "Import Car of the Year".
The next major change was done in the year 1986, when the Toyota Supra
actually emerged with a completely new makeover. The second generation model was equipped with a 3.0 liter DOHC engine. In 1987, another series of metamorphosis was observed. Now the Supra Model
was re-launched with a turbocharged engine and anti-lock brakes. The next major redesign occurred in mid-1993. During this period, the fourth and final generation of Supra came into existence with both Turbo and non-Turbo options. The new Supra was very much different from its predecessors both in design, technology and concepts.
The Toyota Supra regained its popularity in the US and entered the realm of "super cars”. Supra Model
also won the 1994 won Popular Mechanics' "Design and Engineering Awards." Further, the new Supra featured sports car virtues that include decisive handling, exceptional braking and plenty of smooth power. The driving performance was impressive with limited slip differentials, which helped keep the rear wheels driving smoothly even in hard cornering and emergency avoidance maneuvers. Eventually, Toyota Supra
replaced the contemporary competitors like the Mazda RX-7, Chevrolet Corvette, Nissan 300ZX and Porsche 911 and topped the chart as the most popular American “sports car-in-its-class”.
In 1999, the production of the Supra came to a halt. But, this luxury coupe-cum sports Car Model
remained one of the popular Toyota lineups for more than 20 years. The used Supra
models still have a promising market and there are many automobile dealers and service providers doing business with Supra spares.