Toyota's history began in 1933 with the Toyoda family. Kiichiro Toyoda and his father, Sakichi Toyoda, expanded the Toyoda Loom Works business into the manufacturing of automobiles from their Japanese homeland. The Toyota Motor Corporation became an officially registered name as a business in 1937 and is currently headquartered out of Toyota City, Japan. On paper, Kiichiro Toyoda is the official founder of the company, who not only introduced one of the largest and most respected names in the automotive industry but was instrumental in Toyota's survival during the aftermath of World War II and the restrictions that were placed against the nation by the American government and its allies. Off and on, trading wars ensued among the nations that would eventually dissolve as tensions between nations finally began to wane. As a result, Toyota not only has kept up with the times through the production of quality automobiles that are now available at a worldwide level but has also beat out the competition by winning a number of prestigious automotive industry awards. This has made the name of Toyota Motor Corporation one of the elite producers of automobiles of all time.
Among the many different lineups belonging to Toyota's roster of vehicles, is the Toyota Supra. In total, there are five generations of the series, with the first one beginning in 1978 as it was introduced ad a sports car. The first lineup of the Toyota Supra series comes from the Toyota Celica but as a longer and wider version. As of 1986, the A70 Supra became a separate model from its Celica sibling. It was also in 1986 Toyota no longer paired the name Celica and Supra together as the company wanted the Supra to have its own identity. The first three generations of the Toyota Supra had assembly lines at the company's plant location, Tahara, Aichi, Japan. The fourth generation was assembled out of the Motomachi plant from the company's headquarters, Toyota City, also located in the district and nation of Aichi, Japan. The fifth and current generation of the Toyota Supra has models also coming out of the Motomachi assembly line.
In addition to its derivative design from the Toyota Celica, the Toyota 2000GT and its inline-6 layout have also served as Supra's roots as this is where the upsize of its build is seen. The first three generations each offered the M engine components that were featured in Toyota's 2000GT models. The interior was also similar to it and the Toyota Crown series as these vehicles all shared the same chassis coding and design. After sharing a blue-colored version of the dragon-designed Toyota Celica logo from 1986 until 1991 when the trademark company logo Toyota is best known for replacing it.
The fourth generation of the Toyota Supra saw an end to its production in 2002, four years after the company halted sales of it in the United States. This was because after the fourth generation of A80 models was discontinued, Toyota did not have a car to replace it. The company shifted focus to family-oriented vehicles instead of sports cars, which resulted in no further North American presence of the Supra until after Toyota applied on February 10, 2014, that Toyota would approach the United States government to allow the Supra trademark to return to American soil.
10. 1987 Toyota Supra
The start of the third generation of the Toyota Supra series came with the introduction of the 1987 model, which served as a boost in power to 200 horsepower. Owners, both past and present, mostly share the agreement that the engine running the 1987 Toyota Supra is as highly performant as it gets and is seemingly immortal when properly cared for. For commuters and racetrack drivers alike, 1987 has proven its weight in gold.
9. 1988 Toyota Supra
The 1988 Toyota Supra comes from the third generation of the Supra series, which featured the critically acclaimed style and customization options that were made available for the lineup of these cars. Among car collectors, the 1988 Toyota Supra, plus the limited edition 1988 Toyota Supra Turbo A, are near and dear to their hearts. The solid 200 horsepower performance serves as a base that can be customized to make it become even more powerful.
8. 1988 Toyota Supra Turbo A
The third generation of the Toyota Supra sees the 1988 Supra Turbo A series as a limited edition gem. Only five hundred of these were ever made and strictly on the Japanese market. Although not widely available, it is still among the best Supra models the Toyota had made. It boasted an impressive 267 horsepower engine that exceeded in power than any other Supra before it. This car was meant for racing and was involved in a number of touring car championships.
7. 1989 Toyota Supra
The third generation of Toyota Supra models sees 1989 undergo a number of changes that include redesigned bumpers, headlights, and side trims. The interior also saw improvements in the seats as they increased in size and comfort. At 200 horsepower and a match of style and performance, the 1989 Toyota Supra made an ideal commuter car for drivers.
6. 1993 Toyota Supra and Supra Turbo
Completely redesigned going into the fourth generation, the 1993 Toyota Supra and SupraTurbo featured an upgrade of horsepower to 320 with its six-speed transmission configuration. When it was featured on the first of The Fast and the Furious movie series, the popularity of both the 1993 Toyota Supra and Supra Turbo was astronomical. However, it wasn't because it became one of the stars of the movie, but for its balance of design, comfort, and customizable options.
5. 1997 Toyota Supra Turbo
The fifteenth anniversary of one of Toyota's immensely popular Supra series brought out a limited edition model that featured a 320 horsepower speed machine that has managed to hold its age well over the stretch of time. At the time of its release, the 1997 Toyota Supra Turbo was regarded for its premium stereo system, which forced the competition to raise the bar just to compete with a vehicle that seemed like it could pass as a party house on wheels.
4. 1983 Toyota Supra A60
In 1983, Motor Trend awarded the 1983 Toyota Supra A60 as Import Car of the Year. It was also the first time Toyota Supra would be recognized by Car and Driver magazine's top ten list of best vehicles for the year 1983. The one significant change the 1983 lineup of the second generation of Toyota's Supra models featured was an increased output of 150 horsepower and 159 lt-ft of torque, despite the fact that it came from the exact same 5M-GE engine that's been in the previous 1982 model. The reason for this is Toyota's switch to a 4.10:1 gear ratio for the P-type models and a 3.73:1 for the L-type models. There was also the switch to an electronic advanced distributor from its vacuum advanced predecessor. For drivers that preferred an automatic transmission, the A43DL 4-speed was replaced with a newly designed A43DE 4-speed.
3. 1984 Toyota Supra A60
By Car and Driver magazine, the 1984 Toyota Supra A60 was recognized for the second time in a row with its top ten list of vehicles for the year 1984. Coming from the second generation of Toyota Supra models, the 1984 models of the A60 saw a number of significant upgrades that made it even better than the 1983 models. For starters, the 5-speed models were increased to 160 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque. The increase came from a redesigned intake manifold with D-shaped intake runners and an increased compression ratio to 9.2:1. The five-speed models also saw a switch to a 4.30:1 gear ratio in its rear differential. All of the automatic models, however, retained the previous year's statistics, except for the rear ratio changing to 4.10:1. There were also a number of external changes to the 1984 lineup of A60 models that include wraparound front turn signals, and the option to either feature a rear wing spoiler mounded high up on the rear hatch or a rear window and quarter window louvers. The tail-lights were also redesigned, as well as the door handles. The color schemes also changed from bumper to bumper.
2. 2020 Toyota Supra GR Supra
The 2020 Toyota Supra has been jointly created with the famous luxury car brand known as BMW. This 335 horsepower automobile also features an impressive LCD panel for most of the controls, plus an eight-speed automatic transmission. It also has the perfect weight distribution of 50:50. Thanks to today's technology being what it is, Toyota spared no expense to ensure the 2020 Supra GR series made the best use possible out of all the modernized advancements and safety features there is. Supra has a long-standing reputation as one of the best sports cars, both on the road and on the track. As an ultimate speed machine, the Toyota Supra GR bursts with style, comfort, and power. The mix of nostalgia with futurism also makes this member of the fifth generation of the Toyota Supra one of the most attractive vehicles on the market.
1. 2022 Toyota Supra
According to Car and Driver's review, the 2022 Toyota Supra scores a perfect ten. While the generation four Toyota Supra models are just as eligible to sit in the number one spot, the 2022 Toyota Supra lineup has something none of the other Supras series has before it. It has today's technology, plus all the current government safety regulations for fans of the Supra series to be able to get their hands on one. Still available only in an automatic transmission, the growing familiarity of the Supra series has given Toyota cause to pour more attention into the comeback of a sports car that has become the apple of the car enthusiast's eye. Among fans who fondly remember the golden days of Toyota Supra's presence during the eras of the 1980s and 1990s, along with a new breed of sports car enthusiasts, the newest edition of the fifth generation of Supras has gone out of its way to cater to both audiences. The driver has the option to go with the standard 255 horsepower, 2-liter, four-cylinder engine, or the more powerful 382 horsepower, 3-liter inline-six engine. Both models feature two turbocharged engines, as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission. The interior of the 2022 Toyota Supra cabin is snug, yet premium enough to make it comfortable, entertaining, and safe.
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