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25 years on. Still a legend?

12w ago

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If the year was 1997 and you were a young car lover, you’d probably be sitting on your couch with a group of your friends playing Gran Turismo while gripping a playstation 1 controller in your hand, staring at the strange Altezza-style tail lights of this car. The car is the Toyota Supra. It is powered by a twin turbocharged 3.0 litre in-line six that produces 320 hp and 315lb ft of torque from factory. But the Supra isn’t fitted with just any twin turbocharged I6. This car is fitted with one of the greatest engines ever, second only to the Bizzarrini V12, an engine called the 2JZ. When Toyota created the monsterous 2JZ, they completely ‘Overbuilt’ it. Because of a bunch of unnecessarily high quality parts, the engine could take well over 1,000 hp despite ‘only’ having 320 hp from factory. The engine could also deal with incredible amounts of boost without issue. The result of this "mistake' is astounding, tuners are able to get power up past 1,000 relatively cheaply due to the fact that they didn’t have to rebuild the engine in order to handle the extra horsepower. So, while from factory the 2JZ can propel the Supra from a standstill to 60 in a respectable 5.2 seconds, you wouldn’t have to dig that to deep into your pockets to get 0-60 times as low as 1.7 seconds. On top of it all, the Supra is a blast to drive with it’s 6 speed manual gearbox and solid steering feel. No wonder it was beating you when you were playing Gran Turismo.

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