Having debuted way back in the Seventies, the Supra went on to establish itself as a firm fixture within Toyota’s lineup until the decline of sportscars spelled the end of the model in 2002. But now it’s back! Riding on a BMW platform this time around, it promises to be better than ever too. We take a look at all of the generations of the iconic model…
1978-81 Celica Supra (A40/A50)
It all started off as a bigger and more powerful derivative of the sporty and affordable Celica. Sharing the chassis of the latter, it packed a 2.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine making 123bhp mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed auto. Its sporty performance and luxurious demeanor ensured it was a hit.
The successor featured a shorter wheelbase and gained weight - but the aggressive new styling and improved performance ensured sales remained strong. The 2.8-litre had 161 horses while in keeping with the times, new pop-up headlights were added.
1987-92 Supra (A70)
Toyota cut ties with the Celica for the third generation which was known only as the ‘Supra’ to allow the model to shine on its own. Its wheelbase was shortened again but it gained more weight too but the new 3.0-litre naturally aspirated inline-six with 200 horses had no problem in offering a sporty drive. It became sportier when the turbocharged engine became available making 232 horses.
1993-02 Supra (A80)
Redesigned from the ground up, the fourth-gen was shorter, wider, and lower than ever before. The smooth and swoopy exterior was complemented by a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged motor producing a huge 320 horsepower. In spite of its impressive dynamics, sales began to slow and production came to an end.
After almost two decades without a Supra to flog, Toyota’s flagship sportscar has returned via a collaboration with BMW (it’s closely related to the new Z4) and it promises to be exceptional to drive. There’s no 2JZ inline-six anymore – power comes from Munich's turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-six (mated to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic) making 335 horses. Welcome back, Supra, we missed you!